Breaking Through: A Video Essay

About a year ago Jarrett Fuller published “A Rough Sketch for a Video Essay as Design Criticism” which strings together Orson Welles, Tony Zhou and Charles Eames as a means of understanding the video essay. As the title implies, Jarrett explores his interest in the medium of the video essay as a potential vehicle for design criticism.

Jarrett’s video has stuck with me and I’ve been itching to give the video essay a shot. While Jarrett considers how the video essay might be used for design criticism, I’m intrigued by how it may be used as a means of criticism at large. In this video, “Breaking Through,” I weave together history, documentary, and my own improvised thinking not to examine Nike’s Breaking 2 project but rather what it means to be believe. What it means to risk. What it means to be human.

I’ve never done anything like this, so I'd love to hear your thoughts, opinions, and feedback!