[ Tech Comm ] Technical Limitation = New Way of Communication


Charlie Chaplin — one of the greatest comedians of all time — had a signature style. Watching his movies, I realized that his style was closely associated with the technical limitations of the silent movie era.

  • Black & white costume: movies are shot in black and white, and he wears a matching pair of B&W costume (plus the mustache).
  • Rapid movement: movies were shot in 12 to 16 frames per second, and Chaplin’s comical effect owes to the rapid.
  • Pantomime: without the sound, all he uses are his gestures (plus the storyboard at times).

Nintendo’s Super Mario has a similar back-story. What limits us shapes who we are, maybe.