It’s a Wonderful ds106 Life

This Say it Like Peanut the Butter assignment post will have a few iterations because now that I have gotten this far….. I WANT TO BE ABLE TO CREATE A REALLY COOL ONE WITH A MESSAGE!

As part of Unit 2 in ds106, the challenge assignment is to create an animated gif from a favorite or unfavorite movie. The bigger challenge is to find resources to help you learn how to create one. The assignment was created 4 years ago and it seems things have gotten a whole lot easier to pull out a clip and make a short animated gif. So easy in fact that I am not sure I learned too much on the first attempt other than I can cut down on a lot of time by using some of the tools available.

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Attempt 1 – too long

The movie I selected was “It’s a Wonderful Life”. This scene is where George realizes he does exist because his mouth is bleeding. Other scenes considered were him running up the stairs and the finial coming off, and the end where the bell rings for Clarence.

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#2 – short and looped – probably the best for the assignment. Other tools could provide a less jerky movement.
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#3 I like the tongue starting the movement – but still a frame or two too soon.

I have to admit – it took me a while to start to do this part of the unit because all I could think of was the early days of web page design and how blinking pages were the rage and then everyone settled down and they became the “what not to do” for good design. I think the animated gifs can be appropriate and useful  communication in digital stories if done with purpose and intent. So as with most creation and art – if it has purpose and meaning it will be good and of value. That being said – the exploratory gifs that come out of this assignment within the viewpoint of seeing if you can find resource, help, and the new ideas for your own learning and then share with others on the same journey is right on target and wonderful to see.

I have seen some pretty killer animated gifs in the ds106 Google+ community and some other places linked from ds106 so this first attempt is more the proof of looking for resources and trying them out to see if something can be created and to research and read about what animated gifs are and why to use them.

I found Jim Groom’s tutorial page and started to download the tools. In doing so the gif creator just showed up and made a gif for me when I thought I was downloading the video. ! I wasn’t able to eliminate frames. I would have liked to have taken about the first 7 out so that the hand motion was just the animation. When putzing with some duplicates – the gif would run once but not loop, I have my version 1.0 done so far.

This gif is the “cheater”, easy way out. but it really did spark the creative juices and desire to master the finer details. Using other tools to make it smoother, make it my own iteration so it doesn’t have a tool watermark, and some content of meaning to me. I want to get to Gimp and to Photoshop to try the creation. So I will continue to work on this assignment and create another more extensive gif. Stay tuned!

For this gif I used Makeagif.com and basically just had to put in a start time and choose 1-5 seconds and click a button. I came across this from downloading the Fastest youTube Downloader app. The movie didn’t download -but the make a gif button showed up – from there it was all dumb luck. It also has a Chrome plugin so that you can make a gif on the fly.

Toutput_ThglMAhis is actually my first attempt (or warm up attempt) before finding a movie. If using my own photos, I would improve by using a tripod so that the background and perspective stayed aligned. He was a good sport! This was a user end tool as well – Gif Maker – upload your pics, rearrange and click the button. It doesn’t allow for tweaking or details – more wysiwyg. These tools are great for the fast and dirty kinds of things in everyday work or in creating concept drafts. Learning the finer skills is desirable for a more complete end product or combing several media together.

tdc 1106 – Packer Pets

tdc1106 : Take a photo of an animal doing something funny, kooky, suspicious, or odd. Get creative with it, and don’t just google “crazy cat pics”!

A challenge to photo a pet in action at anytime let alone as an assignment to happen in a certain day! Wisconsin is Packer Crazy – so the pets are in it as well. This is pre-game and everyone is going along with Aaron Rodgers with the montra of RELAX!  Go PACK Go!

TDC1106 - PACKER PETS

Scrimmage Practice

tdc1102 Carry on Young Rider

Carry on Young Rider

It is a legacy forged by generations of people with a passion for motorcycling, a commitment to honor and build on the past, and the determination to seek out new opportunities for the future. Much like a family, gleesingkiddespite intermarriage and even close personal friendships, Milwaukee’s brewers were often an argumentative bunch.

Tonight, however, was different. About that time, Tom made the closest thing a five-year-old gets to make, an executive decision by abandoning kindergarten class for the verdant hills and playground of Riverside Park.

KID, YOU”LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

tdc1102    5 in 1 Story

Grab the 5 nearest books around you. (Novels or textbooks, whatever story you’re wanting to make.)

Create a story from the following:

  • The first sentence on p. 1 of the first book.
  • The seventh sentence on p. 5 of the second book.
  • The first sentence of the third paragraph on p. 20 of the third book.
  • The fifteenth sentence on p. 47 of the fourth book.
  • The last sentence on the last page of the fifth book.
  • Give it a catchy title!

tdc1100 – The Secret in the Grey Box

tdc1101:What is this grey box hiding? What is it for? Make a drawing of the inside of the box.  Grey Box Secret tdc1101

One of the many vices that can come about doing15654946863_0ace9b3820_z digital work. I am sure there is another grey box with bottles of adult beverages locked up somewhere too! Saw from other posts that digital drawing is a option. Used Educreations on my ipad for this entry.

HELP: Any ds106 folks using wordpress.com as a host – No matter how many times and directions I follow for embedding my Flickr images in the blog I come up with ZERO – just a text link. Any hints appreciated. I need to figure out to save on space for uploads. Add a thought here, Tweet or email.

tdc1100 Silk Weaving

Ever had the urge to weave some silk? You’re in luck. Design your own weave here.

tdc1100 Great activity to get a Monday started!

This activity was very relaxing and got the mind going. Can you manipulate the fractals to create an image that represents something or will you create just an abstract form? When do you stop? When is it enought? When does it need more? The colors against the back make it visually exciting and the fact that you use touch to create has that hand =-eye thing going on.

Can you tell what I was visioning? (a spray of flowers)

silkpainting

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