Keyboards in movies/TV series!

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klikkyklik

02 Apr 2015, 18:20

From the movie Brazil. :)
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Compgeke

02 Apr 2015, 22:54

SSK in Corsair's april fools video at the 12 second mark.

https://youtu.be/hv5bZXauR2M?t=12s

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eldorange

12 Apr 2015, 19:15

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin - documentary
28:32 - apple wireles keyboard
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eldorange

12 Apr 2015, 19:16

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin - documentary
1:08:43
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eldorange

12 Apr 2015, 19:18

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin - documentary
49:54
IBM Model M (not sure but looks IBM Model M to me)
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mr_a500

30 Apr 2015, 17:00

I've finally figured out the terminal in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).
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It's the Burroughs "Input and Display System" introduced in 1967. Here's a design drawing from the 1967 manual.
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I couldn't find a photo or closeup of the keyboard, but it must be similar to this one from 1973 (B9351):
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mr_a500

30 Apr 2015, 17:01

I've figured out this Hawaii Five O (1975) terminal too.

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It's an Incoterm terminal.
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elecplus

04 May 2015, 19:04

Does anybody know what they keyboards are that are shown in Atari: Game Over? There is a brief flash of a colorful keyboard, and several showings of a thick white keyboard.

If you have Showtime, you can watch it, coming up again May 8th. http://www.sho.com/sho/reality-docs/tit ... ver#/index

mr_a500

05 May 2015, 16:06

I just saw that documentary. It's pretty good. (except some reenactment anachronisms)

I know every single keyboard in that movie. The colourful keyboard you're talking about is the Amstrad CPC 464:

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There are a few thick white keyboards. I think the one you're talking about is the Televideo terminal the game programmer is using. (or the Tandy 1000 behind Bill Gates)

mr_a500

28 May 2015, 18:43

Here's a closeup of the Commodore Vic 20s in Airplane (1980):
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There are also a bunch of UNIVAC 1701s, in other shots at the control centre. There are at least three scenes where they use a disk loading sound from an Atari 8-bit computer and of course the Yar's Revenge (Atari 2600 game) sound effects when the kid blows up a shuttle.
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Cherry Picker

28 May 2015, 18:44

There are so, so many vintage keyboards in the earlier X-Files seasons. I'm too lazy to screenshot them though, sorry :(

mr_a500

28 May 2015, 18:45

Here are some other angles of the keyboard in The Fly (1986):
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Ozric

17 Jun 2015, 19:12

Halt & Catch Fire s02e03

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HAL

23 Jun 2015, 23:25

This Star Trek based banking comercial from Austria features an IBM beam spring keyboard:
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Close up of the navigation keys
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Herman Maier casts a shadow on the beam spring keyboard
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janvkn

24 Jun 2015, 20:19

Ozric wrote: Halt & Catch Fire s02e03
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That's a 122-key Model F terminal keyboard, and an IBM 3180 terminal.

mr_a500

30 Jun 2015, 19:32

The computer in the movie Electric Dreams (1984) was a mockup, but had a DEC LK201 keyboard:
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The movie is pretty lame and totally unrealistic - the typical Hollywood nonsense of a computer developing a personality and doing totally impossible things.
I accidentally spilled wine on my Commodore 128, but sadly it never became sentient.

Ozric

15 Jul 2015, 19:35

Halt & Catch Fire s02e07:

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Muirium
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01 Aug 2015, 02:51

Stanley Kubrick's 2001.

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Okay, so it's from a Making Of book rather than the movie. But I like this picture a lot. Mostly for the retro ladies, but check out those spherical keycaps. The high hats. The rounded corners. Oh my!

Findecanor

02 Aug 2015, 01:48

There is a better scan of the suitcase picture here (source page).
Also a small black and white picture of the prop in this article.

BTW, there is also a picture of tablets playing video messages: in portrait mode. Vertical videos in a movie from the 1960's. So far ahead of it's time. ;)
Something I do like about the movie is that all computer screens are square: Something that the set designers ignored in the sequel 2010, building HAL's monitors in 4:3 aspect even though there were supposed to be the same.

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Muirium
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02 Aug 2015, 02:04

2010's no good. Well, it's full of stars, but besides that. I vaguely remember watching it once, before I would have noticed all those mistakes. Notoriously, Kubrick had the 2001 models destroyed so those poor bastards had to rebuild all over!

That laptop keyboard… nice as it is, the mysterious absence of the Q key is driving me nuts.

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Grond

02 Aug 2015, 23:59

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
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Grond

03 Aug 2015, 22:57

Philadelphia (1993)

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zslane

11 Aug 2015, 02:08

mr_a500 wrote: I've also been trying to figure out Ridley Scott's other movie with interesting keyboards: Alien. I still don't know what switch that is:
I too have been trying to find information about the keyboard that Dallas used to communicate with Mother inside that white computer chamber. Such a singular set design! I'm amazed that production photos of that keyboard never surfaced; it would be fun to try and replicate the keycap symbols. I wonder if Ron Cobb never got around to designing a full set of kbd symbols and so consequently the camera angles were deliberately sly and never let us really see more than a couple of its keys.

There is a photo floating around of a keyboard from an Alien-licensed video game, but it's not the same key layout as in the original film.

Findecanor

11 Aug 2015, 16:10

Grond wrote:
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Don't you love it when there is product placement but the logo was deemed too small to be screen so they put a larger decal over it ... :?

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Grond

11 Aug 2015, 21:47

That expalains why I had never seen that IBM logo on a PC!

This one's from "The Insider" (1999)
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And this comes from "Dark Side of the Moon" (1990)
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Findecanor

11 Aug 2015, 22:02

Hmm.. I looked around a little for that last one. It is apparently a late-model Xerox Star workstation keyboard but the top case must have been painted. The same layout can be seen here.

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Grond

14 Aug 2015, 15:37

"Baraka", a 1992 documentary, briefly shows the making of NMB keyboards.

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Muirium
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14 Aug 2015, 15:46

Great find! I'm using one of these shots when I next write about space invader boards. One of my favourite outsiders.

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chzel

14 Aug 2015, 15:50

Anyone who hasn't watched Baraka and likes photography and beautiful imagery, definitely watch it! The photography is stunning!

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Muirium
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14 Aug 2015, 16:14


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