ShotDeck Recreations Contest 2024 Calling all Filmmakers!

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 6 continents.

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.

This year’s Top Prize is an FX6 Grand Prize Camera Package offered by Sony, along with other Grand Prize awards from AputureFilmlightRoscoFilmmaker’s Academyand the new docu-series Hollywood Black. Also sponsoring prizes are CreamsourceBlackmagic DesignAtomosTiffenOWC 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!

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. To see the announcement visit:

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.