What is TwentyFrames?

TwentyFrames is an independent non-commercial visual gallery to celebrate photography in videogames and movies.

In 2016, I started a column called “20 Frames” on my personal blog with the intention to share videogame screenshots taken while playing games. I was heavily inspired by the work of Emanuele Bresciani (ElectricBlueSkies), and my developing love for photography pushed me to timidly create some content and publish it online. The release of a videogame I was developing eventually forced me to interrupt the column, but the project staid for long in the back of my mind. Today that same column is reborn as a bigger project called TwentyFrames.

I select a videogame or movie that I like. I pick 20 screenshots that I like. I write a tiny paragraph about the aesthetics and, in case of videogames, I describe how easy it was to take the screenshots.

What are the goals of TwentyFrames?

Photography through games
I love photography, and I consequently enjoy pretty images. I enjoy beautiful movie frames, and I enjoy catching beautiful (and hopefully unique) moments while playing videogames. In this sense, TwentyFrames exists for my own enjoyment, and for the joy of sharing my work with other people. But TwentyFrames wants to celebrate photography and composition in videogames and movies. More and more games give players the possibility to control the camera and take beautiful pictures, and this space acts as a personal gallery for games I like. Next to games, I sometimes spend time selecting beautiful frames from movies, in the attempt to create a communication between these two different media.

Videogame photography tools
More and more games feature Photo Modes. My goal is to review them in detail and provide the readers with useful information about what they can expect in terms of photographic freedom (some games don’t give any creative freedom, while others allow you to have full control of the camera settings).

Do you feature other people’s screenshots?

I don’t really have an answer to this question. Right now I would like to keep it as a personal gallery of what I play and watch, creating – in a way – a sort of personal portfolio of photography in games. I cannot honestly exclude the possibility of hosting other people’s work in the future.

How can I help?

Share TwentyFrames on social media and spread the word 🙂 While I want to keep this website non-commercial, you can buy my game to support the website and cover hosting costs.