Hi my name is Tony and
this is Every Frame a Painting. Today I’m going to switch things up
and talk about problem-solving. One of the reasons I like filmmaking is
that sometimes you have to design a solution to a particular
stumbling block. For example, how do you show
a text message in a film? It’s an interesting conundrum.
Texting is kinda visual, so in theory, this shouldn’t be hard. And yet every time a filmmaker
cuts to an insert of a phone you can hear the audience yawning. Many
films make it so characters don’t text or they read the messages
out loud like idiots. Or worse, they invent some reason
for the phones not to work. –97% nationwide coverage and we
find ourselves in the three percent But in the last four or five years,
something’s happened. Filmmakers have started adopting a new formal convention
the onscreen text message. It has exploded in just a few years. I first noticed it on the
BBC version of Sherlock. But after consulting Twitter, we found
earlier examples in soap operas teen movies and in films from South Korea and Japan. Regardless of where you first saw it,
this is a great example of how film form is always evolving. So why are filmmakers adopting this? I think there’s 3 simple reasons. First off, it saves money. If you have
a story where texting is important, the director can save a ton of money
by not shooting 60 close-ups of phones. All you need is AfterEffects & this guy: –Andrew Kramer here
for Video Copilot.net Second, it’s artistically efficient.
Shot-reverse shot is slow because the phone has to be
onscreen long enough to read it. Sometimes in huge,
ridiculous grandma font. Onscreen texting solves a lot of this.
It allows us to combine action and reaction in the same frame.
Best of all, it gives us an uninterrupted view of the
actor’s performance which is always nice But there’s a third reason this has
been noticed: elegant design. And this is where Sherlock is definitive
This is beautiful, in and of itself. You’ll notice: there’s no bubble
around the text, because the bubble is the first thing
that becomes outdated. The font has stayed consistent for each
season of the show. The color is white instead of different colors for
different characters. We arent told who’s sending or receiving
which is great because now the audience has to infer based on the message, which
increases our involvement. The words appear next to the phone
but they float independently. Compare that to this film, where the
messages move as if they’re attached to the device.
Wait no, to the person. No, to the device.
Make up your mind. So who knows? Maybe this
will be a new convention, maybe it’s just a stepping stone.
–NO. But while Sherlock seems to have
solved how to do text messages, we have another issue. Many many people have tried,
but we still don’t have that one really good way of
depicting the internet. Some methods are not exactly cheap. Others are kinda inefficient. And others… well, you know. I am actually a big fan of one new
development: the desktop film where all of the action takes
place directly on the screen. –Let me show you. I can’t speak for anyone else,
but these films are actually pretty similar to how I receive information
on a daily basis. Some have emotional resonance. Some are mysterious. And some are wonderfully experimental. But if you want to explore the cutting
edge, there’s only one place to go –One ticket to Tokyo, please Where for the last 2 decades, animation
has been coming up with wild and crazy ways to show the world online, Whether they be Superflat and floating. Or message board posts as intertitles Or plugging into a separate
green online world And there’s a bunch of other
fascinating possibilities that may or may not work in other films but are really interesting
just to consider. Even live-action films from
Asian directors have tried this. Physical rooms where people chat. An animated world within the cell phone. All of these are experiments
and some are honestly failures. But that’s good,
because people are trying. And for once, this is a level playing
field. You and I have as much of a chance of figuring
out the solution as the next Hollywood film. For something
like this, lack of money is an advantage Remember: cheap, efficient, elegant. For all I know, the solution
is already out there. –A hacker Hell, Sherlock may have figured it out. But in the meantime I think it’s
nice to appreciate a small formal step in the right direction. This is proof
that film form is not set in stone. People don’t stop inventing this stuff.
And right now, at least, I see a big problem we haven’t solved
yet. And a very level playing field for anyone who wants to go for it. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film
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100 thoughts on “A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film

  • August 10, 2017 at 4:01 am
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    1:29–1:38 Anyone know the film that this clip is taken from?

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  • August 22, 2017 at 9:25 pm
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    The on-screen text reminds me of Peanuts when they'd be writing letters and the words would appear over their heads.

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  • August 25, 2017 at 4:27 pm
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    Andrew Kramer here

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  • August 31, 2017 at 4:02 am
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    what is the movie at 2:31?

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  • August 31, 2017 at 4:05 am
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    …It's the money…

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  • September 5, 2017 at 10:04 pm
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    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!

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  • September 10, 2017 at 4:31 am
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    TRON's End of Line plays
    Me: Breathe harder

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  • September 16, 2017 at 12:39 am
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    my good sir, you got my like with the Andrew Kramer joke.

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  • September 19, 2017 at 11:26 am
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    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.

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  • October 12, 2017 at 2:23 am
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    I hear that daft punk Tron Legacy soundtrack

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  • October 19, 2017 at 10:47 pm
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    but it's not diegetic?

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  • October 30, 2017 at 7:14 am
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    Related to this idea, I would love to see a video exploring the merits of dating a movie vs. intentionally trying to avoid that.

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  • November 4, 2017 at 8:46 am
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    Polish movie, „Suicide Room” handled that perfectly. I recommend checking it out.

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  • December 12, 2017 at 12:58 am
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    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.

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  • December 14, 2017 at 3:22 am
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    You gotta watch the Adventure Time episode 'Imaginary Resources'! Best use of characters interacting in the internet I've ever seen.

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  • December 15, 2017 at 2:54 am
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    What a quite stylish videos. Kudos. No, Endangered Species chocolate.

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  • January 1, 2018 at 8:19 pm
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    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?

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  • January 4, 2018 at 5:44 am
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    2:47 – Daft Punk TRON: Legacy soundtrack put to good use, finally.

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  • January 6, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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    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)

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  • January 26, 2018 at 3:35 am
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    younused the great soundtrack from the social network, and Tron, from Daft Punk

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  • February 3, 2018 at 4:33 pm
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    Nice Tron music

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  • February 12, 2018 at 5:04 am
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    Does anyone know the name of the painting at the start?

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  • February 26, 2018 at 6:58 pm
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    anyone know the name of the outro song?

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  • March 1, 2018 at 12:32 pm
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    I was hoping that Nelly Furtado texting in Excel would come into this

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  • March 6, 2018 at 3:12 am
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    what movie is 1:34?

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  • March 6, 2018 at 3:19 am
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    Noah!

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  • March 18, 2018 at 6:07 pm
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    yes, yes!, exactly! like when characters are slowly reading letters out loud. augh!!!

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  • March 18, 2018 at 6:10 pm
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    frank underwood. i will miss you buddy.. ;(

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  • March 24, 2018 at 12:14 am
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    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

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  • April 10, 2018 at 9:00 pm
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    It always looks like shit when they do that

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  • April 20, 2018 at 6:58 pm
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    I first noticed texts onscreen in Sherlock as well! (I may have seen texts onscreen before, but I only noticed them in Sherlock)

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  • May 12, 2018 at 6:41 am
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    omg tron music

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  • June 4, 2018 at 8:34 pm
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    This video needs far more Johnny Mnemonic and Lawnmower Man

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  • June 11, 2018 at 9:46 pm
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    I completely forgot about al's 9 grand quest. Brilliant filmmaking

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  • June 13, 2018 at 5:58 pm
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    A N D R E W K R A M E R

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  • June 15, 2018 at 10:18 am
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    which movie is 1:28 ?

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  • July 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm
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    What's the film at 1:24?

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  • July 12, 2018 at 1:10 pm
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    Sooo much bblankchink encumbersome

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  • August 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm
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    The way they depict the text messages on house of card is soo cool!

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  • August 5, 2018 at 4:37 am
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    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: https://www.yuumeiart.com/fisheye-placebo/

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  • August 23, 2018 at 7:26 pm
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    Anyone know where I can find a hi-res version of his desktop wallpaper at the start?

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  • August 26, 2018 at 10:05 pm
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    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.

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  • August 28, 2018 at 3:57 pm
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    This is just lazy.

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  • August 29, 2018 at 2:35 pm
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    And… Movie "Searching" nailed it!

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  • September 1, 2018 at 7:19 pm
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    I can't stand the onscreen texting, I don't know why. It just bothers me a lot.

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  • September 4, 2018 at 5:23 am
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    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.

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  • September 17, 2018 at 7:13 am
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    Which film is that at 1.21 minutes?

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  • September 18, 2018 at 8:18 pm
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    dope shit

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  • October 9, 2018 at 11:10 am
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    Thanks a lot!

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  • October 18, 2018 at 8:26 pm
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    I love the social network, I also loved that intro.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 1:33 am
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    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).

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  • November 4, 2018 at 9:39 pm
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    I'm being hacked on the web?!?!

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  • November 5, 2018 at 2:57 am
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    Sherlock the show is literally amazing at this texting thing!! One of my favorite TV shows.

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  • November 9, 2018 at 11:47 am
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    Andrew fucking kramer. lol.

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  • December 9, 2018 at 3:50 am
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    What?! No "You've Got Mail"? One of the first movies to show instant messaging through AOL?

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  • December 15, 2018 at 2:00 am
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    3:56 The only movie where "You've got mail" sounded epic.

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  • December 17, 2018 at 2:02 pm
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    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..

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  • December 26, 2018 at 5:12 am
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    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.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    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.

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  • January 24, 2019 at 7:05 am
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    SEARCHING movie does internet and computer perfectly.

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  • January 26, 2019 at 4:09 am
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    Do you purchase licences for the music in your videos?

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  • January 27, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    I was looking for this exact video for years, thanks for making this

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  • February 5, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    Man that Daft Punk music

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  • February 17, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    Ralph just broke your problem

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  • February 27, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    Soapstone?

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  • March 14, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    After watch Searching….watch this video one more time…

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  • March 15, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    Ralph Breaks the Internet solved it.

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  • April 7, 2019 at 4:49 am
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    Amazing!

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  • May 13, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    such an awesome channel

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  • May 13, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    Now [SEARCHING] make us wonderful solution to us

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  • May 28, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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    I miss u

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  • May 29, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    still great and usefull even untill now

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  • June 19, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    Lol "Sherlock solved text messages."
    "The right answer is out there." LMAO

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  • July 1, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    The song at the end is:

    dj shadow – why hip hop sucks in 96

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  • July 7, 2019 at 7:19 am
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    I first saw this in TVF's 'PERMANENT ROOMMATES'.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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    What's the song at 3:30

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  • July 20, 2019 at 7:26 am
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    Attention filmmakers:

    MAKE THE TEXT BIGGER!!

    We're not all watching on huge 4k displays!

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  • August 10, 2019 at 10:06 am
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    Summery: Keep it cheap efficient & elegant

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:31 am
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    the movie Searching does it very well

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:40 am
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    the movie By the Grace of God (french version of Spotlight by the perspective of the victim) it is not good on this particular matter. they put the actors to read the emails for almost 30-40 min in the beggining.

    note: the story is very good. François Ozon does a good job.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:22 am
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    Searching (2018) nailed how to use the Internet to tell a movie

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  • August 12, 2019 at 2:47 am
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    What about the movie 'Searching'

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  • August 15, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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    The matrix did a great job of showing the digital world.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:03 am
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    Nice Tron soundtrack in the background

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:54 am
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    when this showed up in my recomended, the thumbnail was bright with "cyber" imagery. when i searched it, i saw a dark thumbnail. fyi

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  • August 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    Anyone remember "You've got Mail"?

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  • August 20, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    funny how this video was released before Mr. Robot

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  • August 22, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    woot woot keswick ontario 😀

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:59 pm
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    This video (like all of his videos) has aged like fine wine. Since sherlock, it has become even more streamlined and simple. Always on screen. The phone shot is definitely a bygone of an era now. Think Euphoria, with its elegant and hardly noticed texting. The show runners made it a seamless part of the character's lives, because for who they're depicting, it is exactly that.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    For me I'd rather due a true first person view. Therefore it makes it feel more real.

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  • September 1, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Sherlock is a masterpiece

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  • September 3, 2019 at 11:26 am
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    I've personally seen a trend lately with people hating on Sherlock. I haven't seen an episode in years, so there maybe a reason for it I don't know, but it feels so weird. It's such an incredible show, and I don't understand the hate.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    End of Line, thats a sweet touch bro

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  • September 4, 2019 at 11:12 pm
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    Great episode! I immediately thought of Dexter 😁 The texts in that show are ridiculously big, but that never bothered me; it gets the point across quickly and clearly.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 10:10 am
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    Tron music, nice!

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  • September 9, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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    Emoji movie got the internet right !

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  • September 10, 2019 at 4:20 pm
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    0:02 Bizet's Habanera starts playing "Dear Bethesda"

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  • September 10, 2019 at 10:29 pm
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    Mr. Robot, Searching. Problem solved.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 2:16 am
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    ends too soon
    I was making myself comfortable for 30 min of galore

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:51 pm
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    I love how Sherlock did the chatroom with him standing in an actual room talking to the different women face to face, with wardrobe changes and such. Although this is more of a look into his mind rather than the computer

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