How on-screen texting copied real texting
This fun little video talks about how digital communication is portrayed on-screen in movies and TV. Like the maker, I first noticed texting being handled really well in the BBC’s Sherlock. It’s part of what made the series so brilliant and ground-breaking, texting played just as integral a role in Sherlock’s life as it does in many of ours.
The on-screen portrayal of message text is actually a brilliant adaptation of what many of us like best about texting. It’s relatively unobtrusive (compared to a phone call) and it doesn’t interrupt the action.
These days, when a character sends or receives a text, it’s like the audience gets a pop-up notification. But the film goes on.