What is the definition of a title card?


A title card is a piece of printed text that flashes on the screen between the scenes of a silent motion picture. It is formally known as an intertitle and often conveys the location of the scene, dialogue or narration.

Title cards are mainly used in silent motion pictures to add sense to seemingly senseless acts in a scene. They are illustrated by graphic artists, filmed and placed into a silent motion picture during the editing stage. The advent of soundtracked motion pictures slowly eradicated the need for title cards because advanced filming technologies allowed actors to perform the dialogue on screen.

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