Where does come from?
Illustrating a vintage two-reel camera used for professional film production, the movie camera emoji was approved in 2010 under Unicode 6.0. It’s not to be confused with the video camera emoji, 📹, associated with home movies. Remember those …
The movie camera emoji is mostly uniform across platforms. Some vendors point the lens to the right (Apple), others to the left (Google). Others include a stand (Samsung). Shades vary from gray to black.
Who uses ?
The movie camera emoji is often used when posting one’s excitement about an anticipated or favorite film.
— Fast Rides (@FASTRlDES) December 29, 2016
🎥 ‘Out of the Past’ (Jacques Tourneur, 1947). pic.twitter.com/jmCE8V7h1x
— Eva Arriaga Durán (@EvaArriagaD) December 29, 2016
It is also used when discussing cinema as an art and an industry. This can include acting, directing, editing, film studies and festivals, the concept of stardom, and the big business of film production.
“In France, I’m an auteur; in Germany, a filmmaker; in Britain, a genre film director; and in the USA, a bum.”
– John Carpenter
💀 ICYMI our writer @ShaneScottravis ranks all 20 John Carpenter movies from “worst” to best: https://t.co/sOJBUTzjBN 🎥 pic.twitter.com/tcVX4A4Ghu
— Taste of Cinema (@davidcinema) February 27, 2018
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— BuzzCulture (@BuzzCulture) May 29, 2018
I’m a movie star movie star, I’m a, I’m a movie star 🎥 ✨ pic.twitter.com/HeW9DkTtt7
— 🌈rina♡ (@jinuspeacheu) May 25, 2018
The movie camera emoji isn’t restricted to film film (like the kino kind) though. It can be used when talking about videos and recordings in general, especially in sports.
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— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) December 29, 2016
— Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (@RiverhoundsSC) December 29, 2016
Many use the emoji when making their own videos for social media, like Instagram stories. That’s real art, people.
— Danielle Campbell (@TeamDanielleCam) December 29, 2017
The movie camera emoji can also be used more metaphorically (e.g., memories, as if captured on tape).
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