Linotype: The Film.

This one is for all you Typophiles! Thanks to the success the Helvetica Film had, Director Doug Wilson brings us a new typographic treat!. Linotype: The Film is centered around the beautiful Linotype Typecasting machine, its history and frightening disappearing future.

Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary film centered around the Linotype typecasting machine invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler. Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, the Linotype revolutionized printing and society, but very few people know about the inventor or his fascinating machine.

The Linotype completely transformed the communication of information similarly to how the internet is now changing it all again. Although these machines were revolutionary, technology began to supersede the Linotype and they were scrapped and melted-down by the thousands. Today, very few machines are still in existence.



The highly-skilled operators of the Linotype are in a battle against time. If their skills are not passed along to a new generation of operators, the machine will die completely. There is a small group of former operators that want to save the Linotype from the scrap yard but some see this as a fruitless endeavor to slow down progress.

Production on the film started in August of 2010 and it is slated for release in the early fall of 2011.

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Director & Editor: Doug Wilson
Director of Photography: Brandon Goodwin
Audio & Sound Design: Jess Heugel
Music on the Trailer: Iron & Wine “Freedom Hangs Like Heaven”

  1. I love these films. Wish more people cared about the art of old typography and printing methods

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