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Love animated GIFs – Yes i said it!!!

Following on from a previous post about how my opinion of animated GIFs has drastically changed with the arrival of Cinemagraphs, the recent announcement of the death of flash development on mobile devices makes me think that they are going to make a massive resurrgence on the web.

Well if they look anything like these by Micaël Reynaud, then I welcome them with open arms…

Wonderful world of Cinemagraphs

***UPDATE: If you want to see the first 4 GIFs animating you will have to click them to open up in a separate window****

If like me you shudder at the mention of an animated GIF with horrid recolections of the pre-flash animations that filled up the flashing christmas tree style websites of the late 90s, it’s time to think again with Cinemagraphs.

Cinemagraph is a phrase coined by New York based photographer Jamie Beck and motion graphics artist Kevin Berg and is described perfectly on their site of the same name as ‘An image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly’

See more by Jamie and Kevin at www.Cinemagraphs.com

The technique has really started to take off since it’s ‘birth’ earlier this year with various tutorials appearing showing how to create your own. Some of my favourites are by Gustaf Mantel who uses films as his inspiration:

The 400 Blows

American Psycho

2001: A Space Odyssey

Full Metal Jacket

The Godfather

Alien