About Us

WHAT IS H8URS?

8hours [Eight – Hours] is the amount of sleep that experts and Arianna Huffington claim you need in order to function. It’s the approximate number of Seinfeld episodes you can watch before realizing you’ve been watching Seinfeld. Maybe it’s an estimate of how long you can sit on the toilet playing Fortnite.

GREAT, BUT WHO ARE YOU?

8hours is a site dedicated to bringing film analysis to the masses through video essays.

We believe that you don’t need to go to film school to be a filmmaker and that breaking down the choices made by filmmakers can serve as a key to learning the craft of filmmaking.

WHAT ARE VIDEO ESSAYS?

Video essays are an exciting new format, sprung from the internet. They’re a platform for filmmakers and film buffs to present researched but personalized film critiques, analysis, discussions and lessons to the world. Video essays are a way of democratizing film criticism and the filmmaking process, a direct line to engaging with movie lovers like you.

HOLY SH!T! THERE’S A LOT OF CONTENT ON HERE!

There is, but we can’t take credit for all of it. We’ve spent the better part of a year scouring the dusty corners of the Internet for the best video essays. We then archived each video to the 8hours library according to categories including director, film title, genre and a range of screenwriting and filmmaking techniques.

If you have an idea for a video essay you’d like to see made, we can try and make it happen. Learn more about our Pitch Box here.

I THOUGHT YOU WERE DIFFERENT… IS MY EMAIL REALLY NECESSARY?

Of course it isn’t necessary—we’re not monsters. You’re welcome to browse the site without signing up.

But if you do decide to subscribe, you’ll be able to pitch ideas for new video essays and you’ll be notified when new videos are added to the site.

Our newsletter may appear in your inbox from time to time, but only if it has something really interesting to say. We’ve nicknamed it The Daily Day Lewis.

Think of our emails as trailers, except they won’t be four minutes too long and we promise not to reveal the climax in the first 15 seconds.

And as always, happy viewing.