Linotype: The Film

I can’t contain my excitement much longer. When I first posted on Linotype: The Film last fall (over here), it was still in the early stages of production. The film highlights the history of the Linotype typecasting machine, its present status as an obsolete printing technology, and those who are trying to save the machines from extinction.

Originally scheduled to premiere this fall, the film grew in scope and breadth, and the release was pushed back to give the film room to grow. Linotype: The Film now stands poised to be the authoritative documentary on the Linotype machine. Time has passed, and after a year of filming, two highly successful Kickstarter fundraisers, and countless hours of editing, the film premieres this spring. The director, Doug Wilson, has been lecturing relentlessly in between shoots, including speaking engagements at TYPO Berlin, the Build conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Brand Perfect events in London, Hamburg, and NYC. The word is getting out, and rightly so.

Above is an exclusive still from the final shoot earlier this fall, showing a Linotype machine and its owner. Interested in bringing the film to a venue in your city? Spots are still open for the Linotype: The Film US screening tour this spring, and I’m sure they would love to add your city to the list. Visit their website to learn more.

The trailer is below. If you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favor.

All photos courtesy of Doug Wilson and Linotype: The Film.

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4 Responses to “Linotype: The Film”

  1. E Penny Ross says:

    I teach Print Production GRAPH 330 and History of Graphic Design GRAPH320 at Collins College in Phoenix, Arizona.
    My I have permission to use you Linotype: The Film to my students.

  2. Sage Dawson says:

    You can set up a film screening by going to the official website.

    http://linotypefilm.com/

  3. mjb says:

    As a supporter of the film, and as an interviewee; for anyone still doing real letterpress, (not the smash bang deep impression plastic platepress ilk) I give you linotypesetting.com which offers much in the way of hot metal composition, and line-cast ornament.

  4. Jane Connory says:

    Holmesglen Institute of TAFE is proud to be bringing you the Australian premiere of Linotype: The Film in Melbourne on:

    Dates: Tue 29 May 2012, 7pm
    Location: ACMI Cinemas, Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne, Australia
    Admission: Full $15 Concession/ACMI Member $12

    This feature-length documentary centres around the Linotype type casting machine. Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, it revolutionised printing and society.

    This documentary film tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.

    Tickets selling fast >> http://www.acmi.net.au/linotype_the_film.aspx