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Celebrate Charlie Chaplin's 100th Anniversary with this Instagram time machine.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on February 6, 2014. @greenidealism

To celebrate Charlie Chaplin’s 100 years on film, the Toronto Silent Film Festival has partnered with Cossette once again to create an ingenious campaign that use their Instagram feed to fuse old and new. When placed sideways, the feed acts like a time machine to reveal a flowing, interactive timeline, complete with factoids and video clips.

Matthew Litzinger, Cossette’s Co-Chief Creative Officer said that “Instagram is a medium that references the past in a lot of ways. We wanted to see just how far we could go with this idea.” Instead of the typical clutter that many associate with Thumbnail Mode, you’re met with a smooth progression of time.

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“Throughout his life Chaplin had a knack for doing things no one else had seen in film. It made sense to try and do the same with a medium as relevant to 2014”, said Litzinger. “We knew we had a strong platform in Instagram, and wanted to find a unique way for fans to engage with it.”

Last year the two collaborated to create Instagram silent film trailers. This year’s Toronto Silent Film Festival runs from April 3rd to April 8th.

Toronto Silent Film Festival

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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