Have You Noticed How Films Portray Texting On-Screen?


Film, GIFs and even still photography have a hard time depicting certain aspects of modern technology. Take the simple form of texting communication. For our every day experience, it’s as simple as looking at a screen and reading some quick words. It’s hardly a difficult process, but on film and on camera, it’s not as natural, fast or even aesthetically easy as real life.

Film lover Tony Zhou explores the associated dilemmas behind digital communication in visual narratives:

Is there a better way of showing a text message in a film? How about the Internet? Even though we’re well into the digital age, film is still ineffective at depicting the world we live in. Maybe the solution lies not in content, but in form.

Texting and digital communication have been evolving for some time now, so it’s no surprise that a show like Sherlock is employing text in an elegant way — much like the way web design is also evolving to be less object-based. Of course, on the other end of the spectrum lies movies that rely entirely on the physical space of the text. In A Life in Text, a character experiences his whole relationship by walking on the timeline of texts.

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