Did Texting Ruin Storytelling?

Alden Olmsted
8 min readNov 5, 2023

I’m going with yes

Garage find GOLD! My first cell

I Still Got It

Yesterday I took a break from our beautiful Northern California fall weather to address my nemesis — the garage, and as I was consolidating a few old boxes into newer boxes I stumbled upon the tiny hand-held invention shown above.

Intrepid eyes may recognize another rarity — the since discontinued but forever iconic Super 8mm Kodachrome Film — which is another story altogether.

2002 was already strange

A close friend had died, another had gotten married, and less than one year removed from 9/11 I found myself back in daunting Los Angeles, to try college for the second time, at the ripe old age of 30.

And I worked on my first movie.

I sat behind Leo in a scene and met a nice red-haired girl named Amy Adams at the coffee cart as an old car driver on 2002’s Catch Me If You Can (me and my Gold ’66 Newport appear a few times — at :59 in this scene if you don’t blink).

Yes — I was able to answer all the casting calls and show up on time at multiple locations around the entire Los…



Alden Olmsted

I was born in a small town in Northern California just another latch-key kid obsessed with BMX and Tom Petty. Now I make films and travel and write when I can.