Create a summer story

Making GIF Movies

Making a GIF Movie is super easy. You simply add animated GIFs to other animated GIFs. To make a really awesome GIF Movie, try to think up a story with a short but surprising plot. Spoof, humour and shock factors are all easy to convey through animated GIFs. Go for it!

  • 1MAKE LIKE A GHOST This is too easy. Just shoot a scene. Then shoot the same scene again, but with one item, person, dog (whatever) missing. Spooky!

  • 2THE FLOATING EFFECT The trick is to shoot your friends mid-jump. It’s all about timing. As long as you catch them in mid-air for every frame, you’ve got it.

  • 3THE ILLUSION OF SPEED If you want to create the illusion of speed, use fewer frames. An animated GIF that flicks between 2 or 3 frames will appear faster, even though the frames per second is the same.

  • 4HOLD STEADY Holding the camera still is key to shooting a smooth animation style. Try and keep the exact same point of view for each frame and turn on the ‘onion skin’ feature to match up each shot.

  • 5IN A SPIN Once you’ve mastered keeping the camera steady, experiment with changing the angle, or maintaining the angle and circling around your subjects for a 360° effect.

Snap like Cass

  • Tip 1

    MAKE LIKE A GHOST

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  • Tip 2

    THE FLOATING EFFECT

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  • Tip 3

    THE ILLUSION OF SPEED

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  • Tip 4

    HOLD STEADY

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  • Tip 5

    IN A SPIN

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© Cass Bird Photography 2012

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Download the app and get snapping! Turn your photos into sun-kissed animations and create fun summer moments to share with all your friends.