Writing: Plain & Fancy (1981)
8:18 minutes

Writing: Plain & Fancy

The written alphabet has evolved from ancient quill calligraphy to modern cursive handwriting. The film relates how historical events, the printing press and mass-produced pen points determined the shape of the letters. Stunning illuminated manuscripts and medieval drawings come alive, as the incomparable voice of John Houseman describes the development of printing and how human attempts to write quickly led to the cursive script we use today.

Credits:

Written, designed and animated by Mallory Pearce
Directed by Severo Perez and Mallory Pearce
Produced by Severo Perez
Narrated by John Houseman
Educational consultant, Judith Perez