What is a visual essay?

Some of you will be creating a visual essay for AS 91477 – Create a fluent and coherent visual text which develops, sustains, and structures ideas using verbal and visual language. A definition of a visual essay is below from Hamish Chalmers (I think, apologies if not the case.)

A visual essay is  a text that aims to communicate the ideas from another (source) text by using visual and verbal language. They will often also have written elements which are integrated and linked with the visual elements of the text. Visual essays aim to communicate a selection of ideas from a source text in enough detail to be interesting and informative for the viewers or audience. These ideas are usually surface and deeper / literal, inferred and thematic and are derived from a comprehensive knowledge of the source text.
Visual essays can be produced in a variety of styles and tools and often have a series of images and panels (compositions of other images and text). They can also include auditory elements such as speech, sound effects and music. The visual language techniques in a visual essay are used to engage the audience and communicate the ideas from the source text as effectively as possible.

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