The focus of my Honors Thesis was to create an art form that encompassed both creative writing and film production. This led me to pursue a project in a genre known as "the visual essay," a new media art form that combines fiction or non-fiction writing to visual images. My visual essay was based on a short, fictional story I wrote called 21. By studying "the visual essay," I learned about different film techniques and ways of representing characters and scenes. I examined multiple film artists, and editing styles, which greatly impacted the production of "the visual essay." This paper includes my reflection statement recalling the journey of making my short film, 21, and the text of the story itself.