The Gift of Giving: Personal Essay Film


Still frame of Joe Sullivan's personal essay short film.

“The Giving Tree” is at the center of Joe Sullivan’s personal essay short film. In this short, reflective film, Sullivan recounts the stories that have shaped his perspective, naming “The Giving Tree” as his most influential and memorable.

Here’s a quick personal essay film that I created for Matthew Holdren’s Digital Film Study 2 class. For this assignment students had to create a film that embodied who they are through a personal essay along with a series of creative visuals. The title of my project is “The Gift of Giving.” This film talks a little bit about the influences in my life along with the idea of giving back to people. I chose this route for the project because I thought it was the best way to portray my journey.

Film created by Joe Sullivan