The Book

My high school students love project-based learning and we built a project around “How to Make a Winning College Application Video Essay.” Thanks to this book, my students are confident video producers and understand the importance of creating good videos to show college admission boards who they are and why they should be accepted. Thanks so much for getting us started!

Susan Elliott
Highlands Ranch High School, CO


Even if you’ve never shot a frame of footage, this book will tell you everything you need to know about how to make a dynamic, low-cost college video, from concept to filming, editing, scoring and uploading. Includes dozens of links to compelling videos.

In the increasingly competitive admission crush, submitting a one or two minute video gives you another chance to make your voice heard above the college apps cacophony, to give schools something more than grades, scores and written essays. Whether solicited by your college, or added as an extra supplement, a video essay will provide the Admissions Committee one more opportunity to see who you are.


"An engaging and comprehensive guide full of great advice for putting your best foot - or face - forward with this newest option in the college application process. An informative and fun read with great links to what students are doing right with the video essay format. I highly recommend it."

Matthew Perifano, Teacher
Film Studies and Video Production
International High School
San Francisco