Whenever I try to explain the reason that watching a film compared to looking at photography is a totally different experience, my mind always immediately goes to Harry Potter...
Yes, that's right, Harry Potter.
I think about all the badass moments in the movies where images that are supposed to be still shots in real life actually MOVE in their magical world.
You were stoked about this too, I know you were.
The feeling that something is alive and full of characteristics is so much more enthralling than a flat, still shot of them. With movement we can get a better idea of who they are, how they are feeling, what's going on, and sometimes even how their voice sounds - all things that help us to define a person.
Therefore, I like to think of film as being emotionally compelling.
So here are some examples from Harry Potter that really show the difference you get when you look at a still shot compared to the actual moving characters in the movie.
Admit it, if those would have been still shots it wouldn't have been nearly as awesome, right?
Now all you Harry Potter lovers tell me your favorite moving photo in the comments below!
(I did not create any of these images or Gif's - all sourced from google)