If you've seen any amazing cinemagraphs from movies on the internet, there's a good chance at least some of them were done by Tech Noir. Learn more about their process and love of GIFs below!
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When did you first start making GIFs? What was the first GIF you made?
I started in November 2011, that summer I stumbled upon IWDRM's site and I was completely mesmerized. The beauty of the images, the subtle movement and the magic of the seamless loops. I was more than inspired and on a rainy weekend in november I decided to create my own site but with my own creations. The site was up quickly but the gifs were a different story. I started with one from the 'The Terminator' (below) and it took me forever. I created 60 failures before I had one that was good enough to publish. At first I tried to create videoloops but the trick was to create stills that come to life. Once I discovered that, it was much easier to create them. I am still proud of that first one, it is a simple reverse loop but very powerful.
What kind of a process do you go through to create your art?
After I watch a movie, there are usually a couple of scenes/shots that stay with me because they are beautiful or make impact on a emotional level. These moments play over and over in my head. My goal is to capture these moments in a cinemagraph and make them last forever. Take for example the one I did of Blade Runner(below), a beautiful shot!But in the movie it lasts only for about 4 seconds, in cinemagraph form it lasts forever. When I have an idea for a cinemagraph, I follow a basic technique (described here) and then a lot of tricks and tools in Photoshop to create one.
Why GIF art? What makes it more appealing than other mediums?
I like movies with a small budget where the director has to be creative because of budget restraints. Often these films are better than big blockbusters with big budgets, because directors cant solve everthing with money and have to look for different solutions. I think the GIF format is similar. It has a set of very strict rules and that forces you to be creative. That's why it is sometimes very difficult to create one, but the end result is often elegant and simple. I think therein lies the power of the GIF. In essence it is very simple: a series of images that are being displayed in an endless loop, but you can create something very powerful with that. A single GIF can convey a scene or even an entire movie. A GIF is powerful in it's simplicity.
Who are a few of your favorite GIF artists/or artists in general?
What is your all-time favorite GIF?
That's a hard question, it's like asking what is your all-time favorite movie? It's several and it changes from time to time. But if I have to chose, it would be this one:
GIF by IWDRM
Like I said before with a single GIF you can convey the entire movie. This one does that for me perfectly. Along with the quote beneath the GIF: very powerful.Click here to view more of Tech Noir's cinemagraphs on Giphy.