When cinematographer Lawrence Sher came on the No Film School Podcast to talk about filming Joker (2019), he mentioned ShotDeck, a venture he started that's grown into the largest collection of searchable movie images found online. 

Sher, who's known for his work on Godzilla: King of Monsters (2019), the Hangover series, and Garden State (2004), has been quietly working on the project with a group of industry veterans, and it has become a favorite among cinematographers, production designers, art directors, and pretty much any filmmaker looking for inspiration.

How to use it

The Oscar-nominated cinematographer created ShotDeck as a way to quickly and efficiently find resource material to communicate his vision for upcoming projects.

So let's say you're creating a mood board, storyboard, or pitch deck. To visually depict our thoughts, many of us would search Google images and cross our fingers hoping we can find the exact image that matches the tone and idea of what we're trying to convey. And even if you do find it, many of the images are often of low resolution. That's where ShotDeck comes in. 

ShotDeck allows you to search its massive movie database for images and filter them accordingly. The database is tagged with 30 different categories and has over 50 keywords with essential info like genre, lenses, framing, lighting, locations, and color, among others. The platform also allows you to create decks and share them with collaborators.

The site even allows you to stream the movie on various platforms via the ReelGood integration. Better yet, the site is chock-full of high-res images and is constantly getting updated with new movies which are announced on the site's blog

You can access ShotDeck for about $13 a month, and there's also a discount if you buy an annual pass, which saves you around $40. If you're a student or teacher, there are also discounts available. If interested, there is a two-week trial as well.

To learn more about ShotDeck, check it out in action at the jump