06.27.22 / Press

The ShotDeck Recreations Contest is officially back on July 1st, with BIGGER COMPETITION, BIGGER BRAGGING RIGHTS, and BIGGER PRIZES. With over $30,000 worth of prizes and Celebrity Judges joining this years contest, there’s no reason not to join in the fun!

So find your favorite image on ShotDeck, recreate it with your friends and family, and enter for your chance to win!


In April of 2020, at the start of quarantine, Oscar nominated cinematographer of Joker, Lawrence Sher ASC, and his designer wife Hema started to recreate famous shots from movies at home using just their cell phones, household props and their family as the actors.   Under the hashtag #shotsinisolation, their images quickly went viral.   In conjunction with the filmmaking research website ShotDeck, they started 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.

The result? Over 1000 entries from 100+ countries, with submissions shooting on everything from an iPhone to an ARRI Alexa. The contest was a viral sensation with professional filmmakers and students joining in on the fun, and this year we want to capture that same magic!


We’re proud to announce we have over $30,000 worth of prizes from several incredible sponsors! This year we’re offering 5 FX3 Full-Frame Cameras from Sony, as well as several lighting kits from Aputure, a Milvus Still Lens from Zeiss, digital subscriptions to ASC and British Cinematographer, portable lights from Rosco, 2 Davinci Resolve 18 Studio Licenses from Blackmagic, an Action 5 Monitor from SmallHD, 2 Backpacks from Tiffen, and the official Cine Lens Manual.

Scroll below to see all the great prizes you can win in several categories for this years contest, including: Best Lighting, Most Ambititous, Best DIY Setup, and many more!


We’ve got some great guest judges in store for this years contest including: Natasha Braier ASC, ADF, award-winning director Todd Phillips, and Oscar-winning DPs Erik Messerschmidt ASC and Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS


  1. Create a homemade photo recreation of a movie/tv image and post it to your instagram account with the hashtag #Shotdeckrecreations


  1. The contest begins at 12:01am GMT on July 1, 2022 and ends at 11:59pm GMT on July 31, 2022.
  2. No cost to enter.  
  3. All original shots must be shots available on the ShotDeck Database.  If you don’t have a subscription, you can get a free (no credit card needed) 2-week trial here:
  4. Post your submission using the format:  Original inspiration photo on top and Recreation photo underneath. See example below.
  5. We encourage members to upload behind-the-scenes (“BTS”) photos of their setup with each submission; we want to see just how creative you got! BTS submissions will factor into the judging.
  6. Recreated Shots and BTS images must also be submitted in a folder to this DropBox Link, using the naming convention: “LastName_FirstName_Movie/TV title (i.e. Sher_Lawrence_Her).
  7. Must be 13 years of age or older to enter.   If over 13 years of age but under 18 years of age, you must fill out a parental consent form and submit with your entry to the Dropbox folder
  8. No VFX or Comping allowed.   All shots must be done in camera.   Color correction is allowed. 
  9. No Nudity or Extreme Violence. Please adhere to the PG-13 MPAA guidelines when choosing your images. 
  10. Winners will be announced August 8th, 2022 on Instagram and on the ShotDeck website’s blog. ShotDeck will contact the winners with the contact information from their Dropbox submission. ShotDeck will not use entrant’s contact information for any other purpose beyond contracting the entrant for the purpose of informing them of their status as a winner and distributing prize. ShotDeck will not sell entrant’s contact information data to third parties. Reasonable postage and handling fees may apply for some prize items. 
  11. This contest is not sponsored by, endorsed, or administered by Instagram, Meta, Twitter, or TikTok.   It is fully sponsored by Filmmakers Research Lab, LLC dba and its contributing vendor sponsors who have chosen to contribute prizes to this contest. ShotDeck and entrants release Instagram and/or any of its parent or affiliated companies from any liability related to this contest.
  12. By submitting, you agree to our Terms and Conditions Document. By submitting, ShotDeck has the right in perpetuity to repost or use your submission images on our blog, in future publicity, and in marketing materials or press. Through entry, entrant further permits ShotDeck the right in perpetuity to use entrant’s name and likeness associated with the entry in the event that entrant wins the contest.
  13. Winners will be chosen solely by ShotDeck and a select group of judges chosen by ShotDeck.  The winners will be selected solely on the recreated images and the behind-the-scenes images submitted. Judging is blind to the gender, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medican condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military or veteran status of the person(s) submitting.
    1. Specific judging criteria of recreated images and behind-the-scenes images are as follows: originality, creativity, artistic merit, skill level involved, and technical quality
  14. Prizes: If the winner’s prize is of a value greater than $600.00 the winner will need to provide all the appropriate IRS information to ShotDeck to comply with all United States and California contest rules. Prizes include:
    1. Sony (5 Sony Alpha FX3 Cinema Line Full-frame Cameras)
    2. Aputure  (LS 600x Pro + F10 Fresnel, Nova P300c Light Kit, Nova P300c Light Kit, LS 600d Pro + Light Dome 150, Amaran F22c + F21c, MC 12-Light Kit + MT Pro, 2 LS 60d Lights + Accent B7c 8-Light Kit + MT Pro)
    3. Rosco (3 DASH Pocket LED Kits with CRMX/W-DMX capabilities, 5 MIXBOOK Swatches)
    4. Zeiss (Milvus Lens – Focal Length & Camera Mount Winner’s Choice)
    5. American Cinematographer (5 Digital Subscriptions for 1 Year, AC Manual – 11th Edition)
    6. The Cine Lens Manual by Jay Holben & Christopher Probst ASC (1 Hardcover copy) 
    7. Blackmagic (2 Licenses of Davinci Resolve 18 Studio)
    8. SmallHD (Action 5 On-Camera Monitor)
    9. British Cinematographer (5 Digital Subscriptions for 1 Year)
    10. Tiffen (2 DOMKE Everyday Backpacks)
  15.  If you work for ShotDeck or are related to an employee of ShotDeck, you cannot qualify to win a prize but are welcome to enter.