The animated GIF process needed more practice for me to begin to get a better feel for how it can create message and meaning. The first one I did in Unit 2 was accidental in that I didn’t do much more than click, fumble and go “ahhh – okay!”. So with this next unit focusing on visual I am opting for a few of the assignments and paths from #noir106 and the Burtis prompt to create a Noir animated gif, along with my open course challenges. Finding some Noir films on YouTube, I settled on Nightmare Alley with Tyrone Powers. Mostly because I new his name and that he was considered a hunk of a man for the time.
This time around the download software didn’t work – so I needed to find a new app that was free. It worked! From there I used the Jim Groom tutorial as a guide and used the Streamclip editor and Gimp. I LOVE GIMP! While I do have Photoshop, it keeps needing upgrades, has far too many features it will take me a life time to explore and I believe in open source and sharing as a business and cultural premise. So using GIMP and finding it as developed as it is was wonderful.
I feel more accomplished after these 4 animated GIFs and their outcomes and ready to move on to another visual assignment task. I am most excited about moving forward with my own content and applying the methods.
But do you want to know the real eye opener? This creates a really loaded up desktop!
I need to establish some habits for creating folders and spaces for saving, uploading, etc. instead of using my desktop as I usually do. This process creates tons of files! And for someone who tends to save rather than toss – I won’t be successful if I keep trashing my desktop and then lasso it all and put it in a folder called “To Be Filed”. Some of the learning in this #ds106 #4life experience is to learn strategies for efficiency and organization so that time is spent creating – not following the elephants in the parade. The tagging, the blog structures, categories – all help as habits so that focus is on creation. Thanks #ds106er’s for sharing.
What strategies have you begun to make a habit?
Assignment: Say it Like The Peanut Butter and is 3
2 thoughts on “GIF Mania on Nightmare Alley”
Looks like you have the gif bug! Nice work.
I like Fireworks as opposed to photoshop or gimp.
The frames window makes more sense to me. If you have photoshop you might have fireworks I have an old copy.
Thanks for the feedback and the tip. Looked on my desktop computer and by golly – yep Fireworks is there as part of CS6. As well as about 15 more things I have never opened! I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the direction.
I have become the holder of all the family pics, video, documents etc. for both my family and husbands. Looking to gain some skills to turn that content into something my kids and maybe future grandkids would have to know about family in a more personal way than just boxes in the basement.
On Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 11:38 AM, Digital Mustard wrote: