A brief look at texting and the internet in film

5 minutes

Why is our digital world so difficult to depict on our digital screens?

The emergence of text-based conversations over the past decade has given filmmakers an interesting new problem to solve: how do you convey the information in these messages without boring viewers, or creating a finished product that’s sure to look clunky or outdated in the very near future? Tracing the evolution of text messages in television and movies, the American filmmaker Tony Zhou’s video essay A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film examines how filmmakers are experimenting with portraying lives increasingly lived in digital spaces.

Director: Tony Zhou

Website: Every Frame a Painting

Video/Digital Culture

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4 minutes

ORIGINAL
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