Cinemagraphs are gif images with subtle looping animations. The best cinemagraphs are perfect loops, seamlessly ending where they began and cycling anew. The internet abounds with animated gifs, they are commonly used to express reaction and provide succinct ways of expressing an emotional or physical response online. Animated gifs are essentially the Internet’s greeting card. There is a reaction gif for any occasion.
Tumblr user Tech Noir has taken the cinemagraph to high art by using iconic images from movies and distilling the essence of a scene into a continuous loop. Here are some of our favorites.
‘Marla… the little scratch on the roof of your mouth that would heal if only you could stop tonguing it, but you can’t.’
Fight Club (1999)
‘Since you wish to die, I will assist you.’
‘Welcome to The Suck.’
The We And The I (2012)
‘One of these days, Carmina is going to explode.’
Carmina or Blow Up (2012)
‘The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines.’
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
To see more of Tech Noir’s cinemagraphs, visit his blog.