A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film

  • Ajoutée 15 août 2014
  • 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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Commentaires • 1 156

  • s u t h a a
    s u t h a a Il y a 18 jours

    still great and usefull even untill now

  • Luan Oliveira
    Luan Oliveira Il y a 18 jours

    I miss u

  • Toy Buster
    Toy Buster Il y a mois

    Now [SEARCHING] make us wonderful solution to us

  • Taalpatar Shepai
    Taalpatar Shepai Il y a mois

    such an awesome channel

  • Ambient Walking
    Ambient Walking Il y a 2 mois


  • Seelen Sturm
    Seelen Sturm Il y a 3 mois

    Ralph Breaks the Internet solved it.

  • MandV.whodoesntwant ?
    MandV.whodoesntwant ? Il y a 3 mois

    After watch Searching....watch this video one more time...

  • Jonah Mendez
    Jonah Mendez Il y a 3 mois


  • Hunter Brown
    Hunter Brown Il y a 3 mois

    Ralph just broke your problem

  • MJH Beaver
    MJH Beaver Il y a 4 mois

    Man that Daft Punk music

  • warhammernerd52
    warhammernerd52 Il y a 4 mois +1

    I was looking for this *exact* video for years, thanks for making this

  • Flying Productions
    Flying Productions Il y a 4 mois

    Do you purchase licences for the music in your videos?

  • phelpsboltusa 87
    phelpsboltusa 87 Il y a 4 mois

    SEARCHING movie does internet and computer perfectly.

  • katelyn collison
    katelyn collison Il y a 5 mois

    Searching (2018) is such a good example of the desktop movie done well. I personally hate the texting format on most movies because it takes me out of the film, but I agree that Sherlock does a pretty good job.

  • Jiahui Peng
    Jiahui Peng Il y a 5 mois

    You are the one that I can say "I love all of his videos". I'm from Asia and when I see so many JP HK KR movie or animate cuts in your work I always feel amazing. I love the feeling. Thanks a lot.

  • Bharath Kinnal
    Bharath Kinnal Il y a 6 mois

    I remember seeing an episode from Modern Family that had an interesting way of storytelling by having a social networking website as the setting..
    It was one of the best episodes I've seen, but I saw it a long time ago, so I don't remember much of it now..

  • Nightvalzin
    Nightvalzin Il y a 6 mois

    3:56 The only movie where "You've got mail" sounded epic.

  • Alex S
    Alex S Il y a 6 mois

    What?! No "You've Got Mail"? One of the first movies to show instant messaging through AOL?

  • Tobias Wilhelm
    Tobias Wilhelm Il y a 7 mois

    Andrew fucking kramer. lol.

  • Devon
    Devon Il y a 7 mois +1

    Sherlock the show is literally amazing at this texting thing!! One of my favorite TV shows.

  • Brendal's 2nd Google Account

    *I'm being hacked on the web?!?!*

  • ForeverCellist
    ForeverCellist Il y a 7 mois

    I remember first watching Sherlock and being blown away by the text on the screen. I had never seen it before, at least in a way that stuck out to me (I was born in 97 and grew up with early 2000s preteen/teen movies, I'm sure it came up somewhere in there).

  • whoisbavi
    whoisbavi Il y a 8 mois

    I love the social network, I also loved that intro.

  • Abhimanyu Kohli
    Abhimanyu Kohli Il y a 8 mois

    Thanks a lot!

  • Marz Barz
    Marz Barz Il y a 9 mois

    dope shit

  • kritika Dhawan
    kritika Dhawan Il y a 9 mois

    Which film is that at 1.21 minutes?

  • Advitiya Shetty
    Advitiya Shetty Il y a 9 mois

    i find the style in Sherlock sophisticated and elegant. Its simple and it works. I also liked the way text was placed on objects in the Splinter cell games.

  • Inukshuk Entertainment
    Inukshuk Entertainment Il y a 9 mois

    I can't stand the onscreen texting, I don't know why. It just bothers me a lot.

  • Lina Choi
    Lina Choi Il y a 9 mois

    And... Movie "Searching" nailed it!

  • John Smith
    John Smith Il y a 9 mois

    This is just lazy.

  • Andrew E. Cunningham
    Andrew E. Cunningham Il y a 9 mois +1

    The only problem with text on screen is it reminds you you watching a movie. I like watching a movie and forgot I was even doing that. I want to be in the story, but when text on screen appears I remember I was watching a film.

  • JP B
    JP B Il y a 9 mois

    Anyone know where I can find a hi-res version of his desktop wallpaper at the start?

  • Alexander Su
    Alexander Su Il y a 10 mois

    I know this is old and the channel and discontinued, but I still love these videos. Watching this the other day I thought of Yuumei's webcomic Fisheye Placebo, which has depictions of computers and hacking that I really enjoy, and it really draws from the sort of Japanese animation that you talked about: www.yuumeiart.com/fisheye-placebo/

  • Phantom Crusader
    Phantom Crusader Il y a 10 mois

    The way they depict the text messages on house of card is soo cool!

  • Jacob Taylor
    Jacob Taylor Il y a 11 mois

    Sooo much bblankchink encumbersome

  • Richard D
    Richard D Il y a 11 mois

    What's the film at 1:24?

  • asmita.
    asmita. Il y a an

    which movie is 1:28 ?

  • VFX King
    VFX King Il y a an

    A N D R E W K R A M E R

  • iwtommo
    iwtommo Il y a an

    I completely forgot about al's 9 grand quest. Brilliant filmmaking

  • acrophobe
    acrophobe Il y a an

    This video needs far more Johnny Mnemonic and Lawnmower Man

  • Matt Smillie
    Matt Smillie Il y a an

    omg tron music

  • Hecate Mist
    Hecate Mist Il y a an

    I first noticed texts onscreen in Sherlock as well! (I may have _seen_ texts onscreen before, but I only _noticed_ them in Sherlock)

  • urmintrude
    urmintrude Il y a an

    It always looks like shit when they do that

  • rae d
    rae d Il y a an

    one more recent show that i think does this pretty well is Skam, it kind of switches between onscreen texting which looks exactly like how you would text on an iphone

  • michał botor
    michał botor Il y a an

    frank underwood. i will miss you buddy.. ;(

  • michał botor
    michał botor Il y a an

    yes, yes!, exactly! like when characters are slowly reading letters out loud. augh!!!

  • Elizabeth Mudenyo
    Elizabeth Mudenyo Il y a an


  • TheGirlInSneakers
    TheGirlInSneakers Il y a an

    what movie is 1:34?

  • Martin Rérolle
    Martin Rérolle Il y a an

    I was hoping that Nelly Furtado texting in Excel would come into this

  • elsn
    elsn Il y a an

    anyone know the name of the outro song?

  • jake souley
    jake souley Il y a an

    Does anyone know the name of the painting at the start?

  • Bhiner1029
    Bhiner1029 Il y a an

    Nice Tron music

  • Terry Zúñiga
    Terry Zúñiga Il y a an

    younused the great soundtrack from the social network, and Tron, from Daft Punk

  • Rye Hots
    Rye Hots Il y a an

    I really like this "on screen" texting but couldn't put into thoughts why. thanks for this video ! (that i am finally watching in 2018)

  • Benjamin Glow
    Benjamin Glow Il y a an

    2:47 - Daft Punk TRON: Legacy soundtrack put to good use, finally.

  • Tom Morris
    Tom Morris Il y a an

    Are there any films where a 1-to-1 online chat is portrayed as a confessions box in a church? Perhaps have the other side's profile picture actually stuck to the priest's window?

  • tentative stagename

    What a quite stylish videos. Kudos. No, Endangered Species chocolate.

  • matt bolinger
    matt bolinger Il y a an

    You gotta watch the Adventure Time episode 'Imaginary Resources'! Best use of characters interacting in the internet I've ever seen.

  • Charlie Dawson
    Charlie Dawson Il y a an

    I visualise being on the internet as long endless rows of single stretched desks as far as the eye can see either direction, in a massive, shadowy, dark room. You sit across from the person you are sitting across from the person you are communicating with, but a large strip of a grill protrudes across the desk, as far as you can see. It is the perfect hirghr to cover the face of the person you are talking to.

  • Jakub Magnowski
    Jakub Magnowski Il y a an

    Polish movie, „Suicide Room” handled that perfectly. I recommend checking it out.

  • Skordil Wabramop
    Skordil Wabramop Il y a an

    Related to this idea, I would love to see a video exploring the merits of dating a movie vs. intentionally trying to avoid that.

  • sethraptor
    sethraptor Il y a an

    but it's not diegetic?

  • Slizzpop
    Slizzpop Il y a an

    I hear that daft punk Tron Legacy soundtrack

  • Petitio Principii
    Petitio Principii Il y a an

    I don't like the text pop-ups and most graphical stuff. It's a breaker of the "suspension of disbelief". Plain subtitles are better than fancier ones, moving ones, and I think that hearing the actor who's reading mentally reading it, or perhaps the voice of who's typing, reading it. The fancier, more graphical stuff, is perhaps more acceptable in comedy, though. Just like they could add comic strip thought bubbles and things like that.

  • Daniel Muniz
    Daniel Muniz Il y a an

    my good sir, you got my like with the Andrew Kramer joke.

  • Valerian
    Valerian Il y a an

    *TRON's End of Line plays*
    Me: Breathe harder

  • Melt Pels
    Melt Pels Il y a an

    Hey! I might be a little bit late to your video but that might also not be a bad thing.
    There is a really interesting episode of Modern Family where they use the internet to solve a mystery.
    Without giving too much away, the mother of the family stalks her daughter to figure out where she is and wether or not she's getting secretly married.
    The episode is very intuitive and immersive, maybe you can check it out and let us know what you think of this solution. Some sort of revision.
    The episode is called 'Connection Lost' and is the sixteenth episode of the sixth season.
    Let me know!

  • Robert Jones
    Robert Jones Il y a an

    ...It's the money...

  • Robert Jones
    Robert Jones Il y a an

    what is the movie at 2:31?

  • B. Pro
    B. Pro Il y a an

    Andrew Kramer here

  • Gabriel Schleifer
    Gabriel Schleifer Il y a an

    The on-screen text reminds me of Peanuts when they'd be writing letters and the words would appear over their heads.

  • Hannah Aldridge
    Hannah Aldridge Il y a an

    1:29-1:38 Anyone know the film that this clip is taken from?

  • Clemens Hochstädter

    I personally really liked the way they depicted chatrooms in 'Who am I'

  • melancholics_
    melancholics_ Il y a an

    I first saw it from Sherlock and Skam

  • mac demarcela
    mac demarcela Il y a an

    I know it's just a teen show, but Skam (norwegian series) has one of the best uses of on-screen texting I've seen in a while! You should check it.

  • Harduf L
    Harduf L Il y a an

    i don't like it. it ruins the realistic feel
    better show the phone so it stays realistic

  • sundrythis
    sundrythis Il y a an

    lily chou-chou is perfect in every way

  • Ewing Springer Of Klips

    0:02 -- that ASAP Rocky album tho

  • Jack Rowing
    Jack Rowing Il y a an

    Bourne Identity had a good internet scene with the notepad, if u can call it that

  • Lucy
    Lucy Il y a an


  • Nika Zardiashvili
    Nika Zardiashvili Il y a an +1

    Hey, Tony, there's probably no way you'll ever see this, but if you like desktop filming, anime's use of text and Satoshi Kon (which I know you do) check out an anime music video made from Kon's Perfect Blue, it's called "Fade to Blue." You may like it.

  • Jess McMurray
    Jess McMurray Il y a an

    By far the best and most pioneering example of texting in film is Kelly Rowland's 'Dilemma' in which she inexplicably texts Nelly using Excel on her phone, and is furious that he doesn't reply. Cracks me up every time.

  • Jack Parker
    Jack Parker Il y a an

    3:14 holy shit that's literally where I live

  • Moogli
    Moogli Il y a an

    I can't stand a punctuated google search

  • Benjamin Long
    Benjamin Long Il y a an

    I was afraid you wouldn't mention the Fifth Estate. Say what you will about that film, but everyone agrees that the way that they projected code and texts and stuff onto the characters faces as they read them was brilliant.

  • Lars _Thirtyfour
    Lars _Thirtyfour Il y a an +1

    i love the social network soundtrack in this

  • Capt. Obvious
    Capt. Obvious Il y a an

    This has been my favorite video so far, I really liked that it talked about a currently unresolved issue. I thought it gave the mind more to chew on.

  • Mushroom Zero Art -

    Daft punk in the background

  • Gokul K
    Gokul K Il y a 2 ans

    I think you could have mentioned about the German film 'Who Am I' for their portrayal of internet chatrooms. It is brilliant. And this is some great stuff you are making. And gotta tell you.. we don't mind some ads, if it helps you bring out more videos like this. You deserve to get something out of this man.

  • Damjan Plamenac
    Damjan Plamenac Il y a 2 ans

    Let's just agree that shooting internet and texting in film is not very cinematic.

  • ahmad dimasyqi
    ahmad dimasyqi Il y a 2 ans

    i think they did great when shown the Net interaction in the "who am i?"

  • K MacDonald
    K MacDonald Il y a 2 ans

    Funny that the first scene, from the Social Network, ends with Eisenberg (as Zuckerberg) typing "Turing", then it cuts to Cumberbatch, who played Turing.

  • Nick
    Nick Il y a 2 ans

    Am i the only one that thinks the Sherlock design looks like shit?

  • Bob Webster
    Bob Webster Il y a 2 ans

    the internet is just a network of networks, what one might try to capture are various methods for interactions with various devices, or likely more importantly, the information we derive from those devices. since this channel covers film, which is structurally 2 dimensions of colour, some (1 per audio channel) dimensions of audio, through time. with this to work with, the question boils down to this scheme: "how to intuitively represent x in y" where y is the above description of the medium of film and x is some structure. it really just applied geometry

  • Ethar Yasser
    Ethar Yasser Il y a 2 ans

    I only clicked on that video because I saw john.

  • Cobbsta
    Cobbsta Il y a 2 ans

    I loath texting on screen, it looks so cheap...

  • Awesomesauce
    Awesomesauce Il y a 2 ans +2

    Does anyone know what the song is at the end of the video? It's so cool and funky. I love it. 4:50

  • Ehtisham
    Ehtisham Il y a 2 ans

    Actually sherlock have solved deprecating Internet visually effectively in season 4

  • Sarah Ji-Mei Lofgren
    Sarah Ji-Mei Lofgren Il y a 2 ans

    You just won so many kudos from me for the Tron soundtrack. Awesome video!

  • emmikins
    emmikins Il y a 2 ans

    the netflix show girlboss has an episode where they portray a message board in a really interesting way. it's episode 10 i think, and the whole episode is brilliant in this way.