Type “stupid animated gif”—or words to that effect—into your preferred search engine and you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of germane material.
Meanwhile a search on “animated gif of Stanley Kubrick rolling in his grave” fails to yield anything of significance.
Pity. I guess we’ll just have to imagine how the late perfectionist and celebrated director would have reacted to a gallery of his most iconic images, downloaded and doctored into infinitely looping, minimally animated snippets.
Perhaps I presume. Perhaps he’d be praying for someone to reanimate him, so he could haunt the realm of the late night chatrooms, his every observation and opinion punctuated with a languid Sue Lyons lifting her head in Lolita, or a diabolical Clockwork Orange toast.
Admittedly, the longer one watches George C Scott’s General Turgidson working over a mouthful of gum, or Jack Nicholson acting four kinds of crazy, the more tempting it is to put together a cinemagraph of one’s own. That’s the high flying term assigned to the form by artist Kevin Burg and photographer Jamie Beck who allegedly invented (and later trademarked) it while covering New York Fashion Week. To quote supermodel Coco Rocha, as they do on their website, “it’s more than a photo but not quite a video.”
Be forewarned that it’s not a project for the Photoshop newbie. Maybe the instructional video below just makes it seem so. (Though if you’re looking for an instructional video on how not to make an instructional video, this is very instructional indeed. If not, stick with a more straight forward, non-film-based how to. Stanley Kubrick, this guy ain’t.)
Ayun Halliday recommends Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” in its original form.