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Short Film Made With Instagram Stills

By Joseph Cha on November 21st 2013

Short Film Made With Instagram Stills

Thomas Jullien saw that Instagram was a great resource for all kinds of images, and that inspired him to create a short film. This video is made up of 852 images from 852 different Instagram users. Do you recognize any of the photos? Are any of them yours?

I wanted to create structure out of this chaos. The result is a crowd source short-film that shows the endless possibilities of social media. – Thomas Jullien

An Instagram Short Film

It’s really interesting to see how many different people take the same type of photos. It’s also great to see different angles of the same event. You have to wonder, maybe the things that inspire people to take photos are universal. It also gives a warm comforting feeling that we’re not alone, and other people enjoy what we enjoy. What do you think?

[Source: Devour]


I’m a photographer and cinematographer based in Southern California. When I don’t have a camera in my face I enjoy going to the movies and dissecting the story telling and visual aesthetics.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. DJ

    He’s violated copyright and the policy set forth with Instagram…From Instagram
    “5.The Service contains content owned or licensed by Instagram (“Instagram Content”). Instagram Content is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret and other laws, and, as between you and Instagram, Instagram owns and retains all rights in the Instagram Content and the Service. You will not remove, alter or conceal any copyright, trademark, service mark or other proprietary rights notices incorporated in or accompanying the Instagram Content and you will not reproduce, modify, adapt, prepare derivative works based on, perform, display, publish, distribute, transmit, broadcast, sell, license or otherwise exploit the Instagram Content.”

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  2. Mike

    A very interesting production. I wonder if the 852 photographers that made this video possible are aware that their work has been use din tho production… I wonder if the Black Keys knows that their song was used as well… I’m not saying the work was stolen, and as far as I know Mr Julien obtained permission from each and every Instagram photographer as well as major label artist…

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    • DJ

      Based on this quote directly from his private site, I would assume he did not obtain permission from each user……”The video consists of 852 different pictures, from 852 different instagram users. If you are one of them, shout and I will add you to the credits.”
      Whether a photographer or not, I would be highly upset to have a photo I took used to promote someone else’s work without being asked permission.

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  3. Catherine Lacey Dodd

    Fantastic! As my 5 y.o. would say, we’re the same but a tiny bit different. Perhaps in our eyes too.

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