From left, previous ShotDeck Best of the Rest winning image recreation by Josh Riemer and Best Black and White Recreation winning image recreation by Facundo Ruiz Monti.

Announcing ShotDeck Recreations Contest 2024

Creative competition held by Lawrence Sher, ASC’s online visual reference resource ends on July 15 — with $75,000 in prizes on the line.

ASC Staff

The online image research resource ShotDeck has announced the return of their Recreations Contest, sponsored in part by American Cinematographer.

Here’s their complete release:

Running from June 15 through July 15, 2024 the world's leading visual research library of cinematic imagery,, presents an opportunity for creators to recreate an image from their favorite movie, series, music video, or commercial — using their own tools and ingenuity for a chance to win over $75,000 in prizes. From its inception, the contest has received hundreds of submissions from more than 150 countries across six continents.

Previous ShotDeck Best Family Recreation winning image recreation by Nia Moros.

It all began in 2020, at the start of the quarantine, when Oscar-nominated cinematographer Lawrence Sher, ASC and his wife, creative director Hema Patel, started to recreate famous movie shots from their home using just cell phones, household props and their family as actors. Under the hashtag #shotsinisolation, their images quickly went viral. In conjunction with the filmmaking research website, they established a contest where people from around the world could join in the fun by recreating their favorite movie frames as meticulously and creatively as possible.

Previous ShotDeck Best Hair and Makeup winning image recreation by Jett Shields.

This year's Top Prize is an FX6 Grand Prize Camera Package offered by Sony, along with other Grand Prize awards from Aputure, Filmlight, Rosco, Filmmaker’s Academy, and the new docu-series Hollywood Black. Also sponsoring prizes are Creamsource, Blackmagic Design, Atomos, Tiffen, OWC and American Cinematographer, among other major filmmaking brands.

Participants are invited to check the ShotDeck Recreations Contest Landing Page to see the complete list of prizes offered in this year’s contest and the official Rules of Entry. Sponsored categories, include: Most Accurate Recreation, Best Family Recreation, Most Ambitious Recreation, Best DIY Setup, and many more!

Previous ShotDeck Best Costume Design winning image recreation by Stephen Ford.

Sony, Aputure, Filmlight, Rosco, Culture Machine/MGM+, and Filmmaker’s Academy will also be hosting their own special categories with unique prizes for filmmakers who go the extra mile with their recreations!

Enthusiasts are once again encouraged to choose their favorite image on, recreate it with friends and family, and enter this 2024 4th edition of the recreations contest. Submissions are free but must be received by 12:00 midnight PDT, July 15, 2024.

Founded by Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Lawrence Sher, ASC (Joker, The Hangover Trilogy, Garden State), is the ultimate research tool for filmmakers, empowering creatives to express their vision by giving them access to the world’s largest collection of fully searchable, high-definition cinematic images. With ShotDeck’s deep and robustly key-worded library, finding the perfect visual for reference, education, or inspiration has never been easier. Whether you're a seasoned filmmaker or an aspiring creative, ShotDeck is an indispensable tool for filmmakers of all disciplines.

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