The Vertical Video Phenomenon: A Video Essay

It’s trendy to hate vertical videos (videos shot in portrait mode). After all, they’re considered annoying, unpleasing to the eye, and most importantly, amateurish. But filmmaker Miriam Ross thinks vertical videos add something landscape formats do not: the presence of an actual human being. In her video essay, she avoids the usual vertical video snobbery to describe the importance of vertical videos from a cultural standpoint, including how filmmakers are starting to see the artistic value of vertical videos. Could we be on the cusp of a new aesthetic practice?

Although the video is long, if you want to kill time on your lunch break, give it a quick watch. We promise you’ll think twice about “shaming” someone for recording in portrait mode.

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