Subtitles as visual art

An animated gif from Night Watch featuring a subtitle that screams in large typeface as the subtitles surround and follow the speaker as he crashes against the wall. Subtitles: NO! NO!!! STOP!!!

Subtitles in foreign language films don’t have to be visually boring, uninspiring, or ugly. But too often, that’s exactly what they are. An analysis of the English subtitles in Night Watch.

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S. Zdenek

Dr. Sean Zdenek is an associate professor of technical and professional writing at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Reading Sounds: Closed-Captioned Media and Popular Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2015).