Cinemagraphs: Gifs of the Future

A cinemagraph is a partially animated photograph in which a subtle movement or action occurs. They are created by taking a series of continuously shot photographs or a video and converting the frames into a GIF. The first instance of a cinemagraph appeared in 2011 from fashion photographer Jamie Beck & graphic designer Kevin Burg who introduced an early version that featured models during a fashion shoot. The name ‘Cinemagraph’ comes from the cinematic quality of the image that still holds the traditional principles of photography. Here are some eight cinemagraphs from some of your favorite films.

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Kill Bill 1

Moonrise Kingdom


the dark knight rises

The Matrix 1999

The Tree of Life 2011