Remember Why You Love Movies with #CinephilePhoto on Twitter
by Alex Billington
September 3, 2014
Over the last few days social media has been abuzz with an endless amount of global shenanigans. Luckily we have movies to remind us that life is grand, and there's a big hashtag campaign right now that is making me love movies all over again. The hashtag is just #CinephilePhoto and the chain-letter-esque campaign involves tweeting out any favorite shot from your favorite films, and nominating three (or more/less) others to do the same. The hashtag has caught on like wildfire throughout the global film community, and I've seen countless amazing shots showing up all the last few days. If you need to remember why you love movies, just search for #cinephilephoto and get ready to stare in awe. So many amazing films, so many excellent shots.
Editor's Note: While I don't know the exact origin of this, the idea of posting your favorite shot from your favorite film is plenty enough inspiration. I love it. Going through so many of these in the last few days has made me smile, and has made me want to continue to explore cinema even further. Let's keep that going.
Here's a selection of my favorite shots from the #cinephilephoto Twitter campaign that I could find quickly:
— Alex Billington (@firstshowing) September 3, 2014
— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) September 3, 2014
— Mark Krajnak (@MarkKrajnak) September 3, 2014
— TheVern (@videovangaurd) September 3, 2014
— Lauren Schacher (@LaurenSchacher) September 3, 2014
— Chase Whale (@ChaseWhale) September 2, 2014
— Jeremy Kirk (@JeremyKKirk) September 3, 2014
— Danny Bowes (@bybowes) September 2, 2014
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 3, 2014
— Joseph Walsh (@NitrateStock) September 1, 2014
— Celluloidical (@Celluloidical) September 1, 2014
— Tomris Laffly (@TomiLaffly) September 3, 2014
— Michael Nazarewycz (@ScribeHard) September 3, 2014
— Joseph Cabato (@josephcabato) September 3, 2014
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) September 2, 2014
— Stay Puft (@staypuft) September 2, 2014
— Roxy Holman (@roxy_holman) September 1, 2014
— Last Exit To Nowhere (@LASTEXITshirts) September 3, 2014
— Alan Cerny (@NordlingAICN) September 3, 2014
— Curro Troya (@CurroTroya) August 26, 2014
All you have to do is post your own favorite shot from any movie and the hashtag #cinephilephoto. In a search, I've found tweets dating as far back as August 26th, 2014 including that one directly above posted by @CurroTroya. This might have actually originated as "#FotoCinefila" out of Spain, and was translated into English as "#CinephilePhoto" before continuing on and exploding in the last few days. It may go on forever.
This campaign is a bit similar to the @OnePerfectShot account, which constantly tweets out single shots from films that are incredible shots. Not just one shot, but many, as each film can have a few hundred shots. As our own Jeremy Kirk said after posting his shot from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford by cinematographer Roger Deakins: "That whole movie is gorgeous. About 200 shots that could have been chosen." Indeed. I love seeing these photos pop up all over Twitter for two reasons: 1) it proves that cinema is still alive and that we all have unique and diverse tastes; 2) that there's as much power in cinematography as there is in characters and story. Film is a visual medium, and this shows just how much those visuals mean to us. Keep it up, spread the word, share your own #cinephilephoto and send us the link.