University of Pittsburgh

Video Essay


Exploring The Role of Classics In Modern Performance


Undergraduate Video Essay Session


Call For Submissions!


For more than a century of cinema, the myths, tales, and histories of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds have provided a significant source of raw material on which filmmakers have often drawn. In individual films and entire film genres, we find the Classical world represented by faithful reproductions, fanciful adaptations, inventive modifications, and overt or covert allusions. This video essay session will explore the use of ancient Greek and Roman materials in film.


Undergraduates are invited to submit video essays (running time between 2-3 minutes) that explore specific instances of the Classical world on film. Video essays focus on an entire film, a character, an artifact or prop,  a sequence or scene within a film, or even a single shot.  


Video essays may be composed in a mumber of different fashions, including but not limited to Final Cut Pro, IMovie, Microsoft Moviemaker, Mozilla Popcorn, Directr, PowerPoint, Prezi or Keynote with an audio commentary track added to the slides and/or clips. Outstanding videos will be selected for display at the Class Acts Colloquium in Spring 2014.


Completed video essays should be submitted to by February 21, 2014. Outstanding video essays will be selected for display at the Class Acts Conference March 21-23.