Adventures in GIF Land

I’ve been fascinated with the recent explosion of cinemagraphs (the new and improved animated GIFs), and goaded by this decided to try making my own. While they may not be worthy of the If We Don’t, Remember Me blog just yet, they were a lot of fun to make.

Photoshopping It

I was inspired by an article showing how you can make cinemagraphs using Photoshop (and later found another more streamlined one), so had a go with a few:

Tom Hiddleston dancing was a good start as the movement is easy to loop…

Tom Hiddleston Dancing

Then, I experimented with more out there expressions….


The seat scene in Manhattan:


And then, finally, the balcony scene from Annie Hall

Annie Hall

Final Cut

However, to try and get more nuanced interaction (I wanted to get both Alvie and Annie moving) I moved to Final Cut Pro and spliced up the layers.

Loop Both Characters

Funnily enough, in some ways I actually prefer the one with only Annie moving (Alvie’s head nod is probably a bit fast).
Here’s one from when she first meets Alvie:

Meeting Annie

[EDIT: I also couldn't resist trying out some from the Doctor Who movie]

McGann Still

McGann Breathes

Just for Fun

That said, sometimes a good old animated GIF without any looping is more fun:

Lizardo Scream

LIzardo Smash