I can’t wait until Linotype: The Film is released to the public sometime this summer. The film, by producer/director Doug Wilson & director of photography Brandon Goodwin, with sound by Jess Heugel, charts the rise and fall and rise again of the Linotype type setting machine. Thomas Edison once describe the Linotype as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”
The film seeks to answer three main questions about the Linotype: What place does the Linotype have in the age of new technology, should the machine be shoved into a museum and left to rust, and why should anyone care about typography or the technology of communication? The film is full of beautiful shots of the machine working and talks to tons of quirky Linotype masters as well as a few brave souls trying to keep the technology alive.