When did you first start making GIFs? What was the first GIF you made?
I started making them about four years ago. At first, I mostly made GIFs out of movie/music video clips I liked, the first one being “Mouth of Sauron" (May 23rd, 2010). It’s a clip from the extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
What attracts you to the GIF format?
The fact that it’s so simple to play (no special video player required), simple to share, and of course its looping property. The looping property makes it different from other video/image formats, it makes you think in another way and that’s what makes me excited. It’s the component I always take into account when making new GIFs, I always want to make a perfect loop, not to break the motion.
Where do you find inspiration?
Literally everywhere. I rarely actively look for it, it just comes to me when I observe things around me. Also the internet as a whole, it offers so much freedom in exploring works of other people whose ideas resonate with mine.
Do you have any artistic training/schooling or are you self taught?
I’m self taught.
There really are many GIF artists and I’ll fail to recall all of them, but here are a few of the ones I’ve known about for a long time which I really like: