Animated GIFs Galore!

I came into DS 106 rather late, so I’m playing catch-up and will be posting the bootcamp content out of order. Just for fun, I thought I would start with the animated GIF project (Say It Like The Peanut Butter).

I decided to create a GIF from my favorite movie, American Beauty. The film is rife with shots and moments that would lend themselves well to this medium. The famous footage of the plastic bag floating down the street would probably be the most obvious choice, as well as the most overdone, so I decided to go with the brief but important scene when Lester Burnham catches his wife Carolyn in her affair when she stops at the fast food chain where he works. The dialogue is sharp, the situation is characteristic of the film, and Jeanine’s interjections into what could be a very dramatic scene solidifies the element of irreverence that runs throughout the film.

This particular shot is of Lester’s look of approval to Jeanine and her authoritative dismissal of Carolyn, demonstrating that through this misstep Carolyn has lost her position of control.

Video Source:

Software Used: PwnYouTube, MPEG Streamclip, Adobe Photoshop CS5

I had a lot of fun using the Animate feature in Photoshop, so I decided to also create a GIF of the full version of the Kurt Vonnegut quote that I use as my blog header:

Quotation Source: Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without A Country

Software Used: PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop CS5

Note: For some reason the GIFs aren’t playing in the published version of the blog post, but if you click on the image it will open in a new window and play. Still trying to figure out why this is happening…

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