My First Original GIF

This is the first ever GIF that I made with my own two hands and Photoshop. I had used a picture of a man walking across a seaside village as the basis for it. Truth be told, I really did not like this assignment; the Photoshop interface annoyed the hell out of me, and finding a good picture was a tedious experience. Even this first work took hours to get fully set up. I had to even scrap my first attempt at this assignment. I need some more time to practice with this program, and to watch as many tutorials as possible.

Flexibility in Storytelling: A Narrative Through Images

For this assignment, I wanted to do something that involved one of my favorite hobbies: video games. But instead of simply listing off my favorite games or an idea of what I would use to make a video game, I wanted to do something more… critical. For these two projects, I want to look into the world of gaming and discuss a topic that I feel needs to be said.

For the first project, I want to talk about the rise, fall, and rebirth of the 3D Collectathon Platformer. 3D Platformers, being the most prevalent gaming genre when I was a child, is very dear to my heart and I would love for more people to play them. In this project, I would document the rise of this genre, show how it faded into obscurity, highlight its slow return in the modern day and give suggestions on how it would be able to revive itself. (this picture was found on VGJunk’s Tumblr page)

For the second project, I want to explore the effects of Feminism in video games. Up until roughly 2012, video gaming has been a genre that has heavily catered to a certain type of gamer. Nowadays, video gaming has ben taking steps to be a more open, accepting home for gamers from all walks of life. The reactions have been divisive; Some are welcoming these changes, while others have been less than thrilled with them. Not only that, the new ideas that are coming forth have brought their own share of good and bad. I would like to outline the events that have led up to this point and give my own thoughts on how feminism, women, and minorities are viewed within this form of media and by those who indulge in it.

(this picture was found on Tumblr user Metroid Life’s page)

As of now, I would be more comfortable doing the first project as it’s rather easy to plan out the points I want to make and structure the gifs to illustrate them. The second project requires other forms of media that I need to clear with the professor first, as they involve very offensive subject matter.

My Reaction to Digital Storytelling

When I entered the class on January 31st, I didn’t know what to expect. Would I be able to create any good material? Would the professor be welcoming or strict? Would I enjoy the course? Whatever happens, happens, I thought, and I stepped into the room.

1st Class: We went through what we were supposed to do for the semester, and it was very interesting. I have wanted to make GIFs for a long time. I kept seeing people make good ones and I wanted some of that for myself. Bonus, the students there are nice and the professor is a pretty cool guy. Couldn’t get my WordPress account set up until the following week, but besides that it was good all around.

2nd Week: With WordPress working, I was able to start making my own GIFs. Which was good, because that’s what we did, using Imgur and its video to gif editor to make some good ones. I made Homer Simpson in the Shining, and Ari Gold from Entourage as the first. Sadly, I didn’t save them while I had the chance, but I now have the knowledge how to do so. And I got an Imgur account, but whatever.

3rd Week: Much more stuff is going on. Professor asks us to make reaction GIF posts and introduces us to Giphy. I could’ve done one in class, but I am lazy. But, this just shows that there is a lot more to see, and I’m interested in where it will go.

All in all, really looking forward to what’s coming up later in the semester. From what I’ve seen, it’s gonna be good.

What Makes Me Happy: Tokusatsu

I have been a tokusatsu fan since I was a child watching Power Rangers, and even now as an adult watching Super Sentai and Kamen Rider, I keep being impressed by the fight scenes,

compelling characters(well, compelling for a kids show where spandex-clad actors fight people in rubber suits),

and just plain WEIRDNESS… that covers the genre.

It’s cheesy, but it’s a cheesiness I love. Ah, before I forget… the giant robots.

Thank you all, and remember: It’s Morphing Time!