Long time video essayist Kevin B. Lee asked, "What Makes a Video Essay Great?" Then he attempted to answer said question via video essay. It's more observational and thought-provoking than explanatory, but it does give a great overview of a few featured video essayists.

And if you would like to watch what this creator considers to be The Best Video Essays of 2014, he's compiled a list over at fandor.

[Fandor Keyframe via Laughing Squid]