I recently came upon a cool, new style of animated image called a cinemagraph. They were created by photographer Jamie Beck and web/motion designer Kevin Burg.
According to Beck, thanks to The Atlantic:
“We began seriously creating them during fashion week this past February. Our first few animated images were sequenced still shots looped in rapid succession which is a fairly common way of making an animated image. From there we began utilizing more fluid motion isolated in certain parts of an image to capture a moment of time, but also to un-freeze a still photograph by showing that moment’s temporal movement. The process involves still and video photography but editing is very manual and varies greatly from one to another so we’re routinely solving new problems when creating them.
We feel there are many exciting applications for this type of moving image. There’s movement in everything and by capturing that plus the great things about a still photograph you get to experience what a video has to offer without the time commitment a video requires. There’s something magical about a still photograph — a captured moment in time — that can simultaneously exist outside the fraction of a second the shutter captures.
To put it in less “artspeak” form: Our Cinemagraphs are a way of adding motion to a still image. On average, the more intricate ones take a day to edit and the simpler ones take 3-4 hours. It’s something we’d been experimenting with for about a year but it really came together during fashion week with the post “Les Tendrils” and culminated with “Anna Sees Everything” which touches on the “ultimate portrait” — an image that captures the essence of a person through an action or a scene they are closely associated with. Another example of that is “We all get dressed for Bill.” The image format of these is .gif — and that’s been highly influential to their style since a .gif adds many interesting and archaic limitations to what is possible. The .gif format is practically as old as the internet itself and we find it interesting that as a format it’s getting new life, particularly on Tumblr. But ultimately it’s a delivery mechanism in the same way JPEG is to still images.
Tumblr has been integral to the success of our images, both as a publishing platform but also as a direct supporter through their fashion week initiative to the recent collaboration with Coco Rocha.”
I searched the interwebs and found some really great examples of cinemagraphs from horror classics:
The Fearless Vampire Killers
UPDATE: I had to go in and embed each cinemagraph in order for it to work right, as apparently Blogger automatically converts gif files to jpgs. What a pain...
And alas, it's time for my second movie review! (For those that missed it, you can read the first review here). This time, I'm going to review the new cult classic, Tom Six's The Human Centipede.
My review? NEXT TIME, SLEEP WITH THE CREEPY, FAT GUY.
So there you have it! Another expert review summed up in eight simple words. But as a bonus to all my loyal readers: