Rear Window Animated Movie Poster

Yesterday I was scrolling through my Tumblr feed and suddenly saw my animated Rear Window movie poster as part of a collection of animated GIF movie posters posted by The Creators Project. Well how did that happen? Apparently ten days ago an imgur user with an impossibly long username had collected a number of animated movie posters into two galleries (part 1 and part 2), posted to Reddit and hits the front page, and discovered many of the culture bloggers jumped and reposted:

WIRED (Underwire) – Movie Posters Are Infinitely Better as Mesmerizing GIFs – Enhanced Movie Posters Bring New Meaning To The Term “Action Film”

Fast Company (Co.Create) – 8 Mesmerizing GIF Movie Posters Bring Life To Iconic Images

The Creators Project – See Iconic Movie Posters Recreated As GIFs

Gizmodo (Sploid) – Every movie poster needs to be turned into a GIF like these

In all, four of the five animated Hitchcock posters I created were featured in these and other posts I discovered. And I really enjoyed how Mark Strauss, Senior Editor at commented on the Rear Window poster:

The poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window is motionless, until Grace Kelley suddenly tilts her head to gaze at James Stewart, who lowers his camera, as if he knows he’s been spotted. It’s a tense scene before even seeing the film. Such is the magic of animated movie posters.

I reached out to Mark and a number of others via Twitter thank them/let them know who’d created the all those Alfred Hitchcock animated posters. A few favorited, replied, and/or retweeted which is really cool.

It is nice to see your work out there and appreciated by a lot of people!

Jim Groom recently posted about his Jason and the Argonauts animated movie poster being rediscovered by the Nerd Approved Blog. And I respect how the ‘Nerds’ attributed all the GIFs they posted to the original authors. The same cannot be said for the culture bloggers’ posts which assigned authorship to the curator. It’s the way of the author-less-web where work is anonymized into galleries such as the two created by Rindfleischetikettierungsuberwachungsaufgabenubertragungsgesetz (yes that’s the imgur username – based off the formerly longest German word since retired). And as an artist that remixes, curates, and comments on all sorts of pieces of culture it’s an understandable practice. Though I do feel a twinge of disappointment to not be recognized.

It was over two years ago that I created my first animated An American Werewolf in London poster, which inspired a number of others in the ds106 digital storytelling community to do the same. I truly enjoyed the work that was spawned out of that time (Tim’s The Cooler poster in particular). And I imagine I’ve had a little bit to do with inspiring the current animated movie poster makers out there – each sharing their love of poster art and  showcasing their animation skills with their original re-interpretations.