What Should the Internet Look Like in Movies?

By: Jerry Rizzo
A Look At How Texting And The Internet Have Been Depicted In Film By Tony Zhou

This is a question that likely lends itself to a nerdalicious debate, right? The truth is that every single user perceives the Internet experience differently based on how they use it. For instance, for me the Internet typically looks like a few browser windows while a cyber security pro may be experiencing something out of the Matrix.

Let’s say you were to draw the Internet for someone, how would you draw it?

This is something filmmakers have to consider more and more. With the Internet being the primary communications vessel in our society, it’s necessary to have it depicted on screen from time to time. What makes this challenging is that there is currently no film industry standard for what the Internet looks like.

Creator, editor, and narrator Tony Zhou eloquently lays out the challenges that today’s communications technology has created for filmmakers. Zhou starts with the challenges of formatting text messaging on screen and moves into the state of Internet in film.

A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

It’s apparent that text messaging in film is near to having a standardized format while the format for Internet is still up in the air.

What do you think the Internet should look like in movies? Let Tony know here.

About the author(s): 

Jerry Rizzo is Digital Communications Manager for Verizon and all-around digital media enthusiast. Tracking trends in technology, design, and social media, Jerry is always on the hunt to tell the next great story.