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ShotDeck Recreations Contest Returns

Bigger competition. Bigger bragging rights. Bigger prizes. The ShotDeck Recreations contest returns July 1 through July 31, 2022.

Recreations was first initiated in April, 2020 by the Oscar-nominated cinematographer of Joker, Lawrence Sher, ASC and his designer wife Hema. While in quarantine at home, they recreated motion picture stills using household items as props, family members as actors, and their cell phones for cameras. After posting their results on Instagram with the hashtag #shotsinisolation, the entertaining images immediately went viral.

In conjunction with the filmmaking research website ShotDeck, they initiated their first contest. Hungry to take part in the fun, creators worldwide joined-in and started recreating their favorite movie frames as meticulously as possible. Now the ShotDeck Recreations contest is back— ready to spread across the globe with over $30,000 worth of prizes including: cameras, lenses, lights and support from Sony, Zeiss, Blackmagic, Aputure, Rosco, SmallHD, Tiffen, and more.

The contest begins on July 1, and runs through 11:59 GMT, July 31, 2022. Winners will be announced the first week of August. There is no charge to enter. To participate, contestants simply set up a free account at, select a frame from the over 300,000 shots in ShotDeck’s high-definition movie images library, and recreate it DYI-style. Entrants are urged to show their resourcefulness with behind-the-scenes images—the more creative, the better! 

Over 20 prizes will be awarded for categories including: Most ambitious, Best children participation, Best lighting and Best make-up. The esteemed panel of judges includes award-winning filmmaker Todd Phillips, Oscar-winning DPs Erik Messerschmidt ASC and Greig Fraser ASC, ACS, Natasha Braier ASC, ADF and surprise celebrity judges.

Participants are encouraged to spread the word and enjoy a creative July with their favorite movie images they’ll find at


About ShotDeck

Filmmaking research tool ShotDeck offers the largest collection of fully-searchable high-definition movie images in the world. Established by Lawrence Sher, ASC to foster inspiration, research, reference, discovery, and education, this film library is used daily by filmmakers and creatives internationally to express their vision from pitch to prep to post.