Typography from Paper to Cinema


FROM PAPER TO SCREEN is a short animation by Thibault de Fournas. That first component  explores the development of typography on paper ( the basic rules) and then is followed by a presentation of the evolution of the use of typography in cinema.

Using  sound and animated text & imagery, the whole piece effectively becomes  visual kinetic poetry .

The pieces of Music used were:
Clair de Lune – Debussy
Shoot the Piano Player: Poursuite  a composition by
Georges Delerue is performed by – Hugh Wolff & London Sinfonietta .


21th Century Machine - Mystery Map List  Caslon, William, Roman typefaces (specimen).


Yo Will !: Dezzy & Emilia text it out

It is the end of the school year and the exams and assignments are rolling in. One of my students who is doing a n independent ENG4U course was required to compose a contemporary media conversation based on dialogue & situation from  Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Othello“. This is  part of what she produced.

Emilia: hey dez, i really have 2 talk 2 u! Msg me when you come online. (3:05pm)

Dezzy: what up em? Hope it’s not something serious lol i totally bombed a math test today and i’m not really in the mood for any more bad stuff. (3:35pm)

Emilia: well i hate 2 b the bearer of bad news… (3:36pm)

Dezzy: tell me! (3:36pm)

Emilia: kay,when school ended today i was supposed to be meeting up with iago so he could walk me home (not like he seems to enjoy it) and i found him in a pretty heated conversation with othello. I wanted 2 no what they were talking about so i hid and listened.(3:39pm)

I saved the full version as a pdf. Re-imagining of Shakespeare’s works has been going on for a long time. This is quite fitting, considering how much of the Bards work was inspired/borrowed from earlier sources. If students can take the current vernacular and use  their own media literacy to express their understanding of older more established forms of literature should we not give them that opportunity.

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we introduce media literacy for the 21st century.

Of course a further challenge would then to explore with your students what is lost and gained in this re-interpretation. How does the contemporary language and its related cultural values, beliefs & ideologies alter the message ? In what way does the codes and conventions of the medium construct a different reality ? Has the target audience been changed ?  Will would want know how you would make a living using this medium to tell the story – identify a business interest/model using the TOAD triangle.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets III & XXIX

A presentation to demonstrate visual literacy and the media principle, “ All mass media constructs reality” . The choice of images and their combination creates a context  that extends the sonnet.  The messages of the sonnet has now been modified by this context (constructed reality). In doing so the following media principles have been demonstrated.

All mass media contain values and beliefs.

All mass media contain intended and unintended messages.

This exercise is an example of how we can engage students in media literacy and related visual literacy skills. We can then connect media literacy skills to our specific subject material and related areas of knowledge & understanding and skills & application.

In this case, the first step is to get the students to interpret the sonnet in terms of the extended context. How have the graphic, colours, and images influenced the interpretation of the sonnets. The next step is to get the students to create their own visual context and explain how it impacts on the poetry. Next would be for the students to work with other poetry they have studied.

Extended activity could include the following areas:

A. popular songs-lyrics – 1. cover art and CD packaging  2. music video

B. Haiku and Haiga

C. Students generate their own poetry and produce their own graphics.

Here are two other examples of visual literacy applied to theatre / drama.


For more information on how these images were produced and used see my photo blog post: News from the Front Lines .