Filmmaker Danny Cooke has just released a beautifully shot documentary about the art of letterpress. Called Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film, it gives us an inside look at one of the few remaining movable-type printing workshops in the UK, at Plymouth University.
When we asked Cooke why he created it, he told us this. "I sat outside the letterpress workshop on the University of Plymouth campus, whilst eating a sandwich and I peered in through the window intrigued at what a delicate process letterpress appeared to be and was inspired to make a film.
"In the past, I have made documentaries about a traditional sign-writer and glass guilder and also a glassblowing studio, so I thought an outdated process such as letterpress would further add to this theme. I enjoy recording these crafts for historical purposes.
"I wanted people to see how it was done back then, pre-digital means such as Illustrator or InDesign."
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