Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Video: Texting and the Internet in Film

For exploring tropes, there's no better medium than the supercut, and Buzzfeed has posted a new supercut from YouTube user Every Frame a Painting that's particularly thought provoking.

Unlike classic, more comprehensive supercuts, this one features a narration.  The video walks us through the challenges of including numerous inserts of phones in film, and the new solution that has emerged: on-screen text to indicate messenging. Shows like House of Cards and Sherlock have been noticable early adopters, but the YouTube video notes that unexpected, smaller programs like soap operas used the technique first.

The second half of the video questions the bigger, more complex challenges of showing the Internet on film — no larger consensus on this one yet.
"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."

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