Text messages are increasingly becoming the main channel of communication between people. As such, they are part of the movies and TV shows, which adds a difficulty of showing the content of the exchange. One way to do this is to actually show the phone screen, which is similar to the way e-mail is often shown. Placing bubbles with the message content next to the character is another popular workaround the issue. Using subtitles is the more conventional, old-school method that works great for certain genres.
- Two popular ways to show text on screen, in a video or film, are just to shoot the message in the phone, or have the character read the message aloud.
- Displaying the message on the screen, in an unfiltered and plain mode is just another method, although it gets complicated when the film is in another language.
- Writing the text as a subtitle is a simple way to show text on the screen, and it can be translated when the film is in another language, but this method can be seen as a low production quality.
“One common work-around is to take the text and put it next to the character, so that the messages appear in bubbles beside their head or body.”