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The ShotDeck Recreations Contest is officially back on June 15th, with BIGGER COMPETITION, BIGGER BRAGGING RIGHTS, and BIGGER PRIZES. We’re giving away $75,000 worth of prizes to the best Recreations, our biggest prize pool yet!

The competition is simple: Find your favorite image on ShotDeck, recreate it by yourself or with your friends and family, and enter for your chance to win and show your work to our team of CELEBRITY JUDGES (Judge announcement coming early July) which has included Greig Fraser, Mandy Walker, Todd Phillips, and more in the past!

Submission Form will be LIVE here on June 15th


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 800 entries from around the globe, 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!



  • The contest begins at 12:01am GMT on June 15, 2024 and ends at 11:59pm GMT on July 15, 2024.
  • No cost to enter.
  • 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 or payment information needed) 2-week trial here:
  • Post your submission using the format:  Original inspiration photo on top and Recreation photo underneath.
  • Contestants must 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.
  • Recreated Shots and BTS images must be submitted.
  • Must be 13 years of age or older to enter.
  • No VFX or Comping allowed.   All shots must be done in camera.   Color correction is allowed. 
  • No Nudity or Extreme Violence. Please adhere to the PG-13 MPAA guidelines when choosing your images. 
  • Winners will be announced in August 2024 on Instagram and on the ShotDeck Recreations Contest Landing Page. ShotDeck will contact the winners with the contact information they provided. 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Prizes: If the winner’s prize is of a value greater than $600.00 the winner may need to provide all the appropriate IRS information to ShotDeck to comply with all United States and California contest rules. Prizes will be announced between August 1-31, 2024.
    1. Additionally, due to tariff regulations, there may be delays in sending physical items at a value of $1,000 or above to these countries: China, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Italy, India, Nigeria, Argentina, Indonesia, Pakistan, Venezuela, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan, Crimea (Region of Ukraine), Somalia, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan, Russia, Ukraine and Spain. When submitting, please keep in mind that having a contact or second address in the United States will be the quickest way to receive your prizes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sponsors & Categories

Each year submitters have the opportunity to win in 20+ categories, including Best Production Design, Best Family Recreation, Most Creative/Ingenious Recreation, Best Hair & Makeup, etc. This year we are thrilled to share that we also have 6 challenges, offering filmmakers even more chances to win gear!








This year we’re honored to share that these brands will be supporting our winners with incredible filmmaking gear worth over $75,000!

Sony, Aputure, Filmlight, Rosco, Filmmaker’s Academy, and the new docuseries Hollywood Black are all sponsoring their own unique categories with special challenges for filmmaker’s.

Sony’s Music Video Motion Challenge encourages filmmakers to use the ShotDeck Clip Tool to export motion shots from their favorite music videos and recreate a few seconds of it to win some incredible Sony filmmaking gear!

Aputure’s Masterful Lighting Challenge invites participants to showcase their their mastery of lighting and offers the opportunity to win incredible Aputure gear by recreating the lighting in their submissions as accurately as possible.

FilmLight’s Best Colour Precision Challenge recognises the exceptional skill of a cinematographer in achieving precise and accurate colour representation in film. The winning shots will demonstrate precise colour fidelity, contrasts, highlights and exposure of all elements such as set design, costumes and skin tones.

Rosco’s Color Creations Challenge invites participants to capture the essence of a scene bursting with color. Whether it’s the dynamic hues of a bustling city street, or the ethereal glow of a neon-lit alleyway, contestants are encouraged to unleash their imagination and showcase the transformative power of color. Winners in this category will take home incredible filmmaking gear from Rosco.

Filmmaker’s Academy is challenging filmmakers to take their recreations to the next level with the Highest Degree of Difficulty Challenge, highlighting the most difficult recreations out there! We’ll be looking closely at your BTS to see who went above and beyond with their DIY skills to capture the perfect frame.

And finally, we want to celebrate the history of Black cinema! To mark the release of Hollywood Black, a four-part docuseries chronicling the history of cinema from a radically Black perspective, we’ve curated a playlist of films that are either featured in or have inspired the series, which debuts on MGM+ on August 11. Recreate a still from our curated film playlist inspired by MGM+’s forthcoming docuseries Hollywood Black for a chance to win a one-on-one session with filmmaker Justin Simien! Click here to view the list.

Check back next week before the contest launches for more information on these incredible categories.

We’re also proud to be offering prizes from these incredible brands, including: Creamsource, Blackmagic Design, Atomos, American Cinematographer, OWC, Cineflares, Jay Holben, dop Choice, Vimeo, British Cinematographer, filmconvert, cinematch, Leitz and Dragonframe. All prizes will be announced before the contest begins on June 15th!



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