Freedom River

They knew that the power of freedom would renew their hope and replenish their energy. They did not know that too much pride could blind them. They did not know that too much pride could make them arrogant. They barred from it people that looked unfamiliar or talked differently in the false belief that strangers […]

They knew that the power of freedom would renew their hope and replenish their energy.
They knew that the power of freedom would renew their hope and replenish their energy.
They did not know that too much pride could blind them.
They did not know that too much pride could blind them.
They did not know that too much pride could make them arrogant.
They did not know that too much pride could make them arrogant.
They barred from it people that looked unfamiliar or talked differently in the false belief that strangers were not deserving.
They barred from it people that looked unfamiliar or talked differently in the false belief that strangers were not deserving.
When new ideas were proposed, people ridiculed them.
When new ideas were proposed, people ridiculed them.
When some arose and took more than their share, the people did not stop them, but instead resolved to do the same.
When some arose and took more than their share, the people did not stop them, but instead resolved to do the same.
Instead of helping those that were ill and weak. They despised them and chastised them for their idleness.
Instead of helping those that were ill and weak. They despised them and chastised them for their idleness.
And even as the river grew weak and muddy, glib leaders said it was strong and clear.
And even as the river grew weak and muddy, glib leaders said it was strong and clear.
The people became confused. They did not know what to do.
The people became confused. They did not know what to do.
But others said, let us work to make the waters of freedom flow fresh and strong again.  It can become fresh by our vigilance. The life or death of the river of freedom is in our hands.
But others said, let us work to make the waters of freedom flow fresh and strong again. It can become fresh by our vigilance. The life or death of the river of freedom is in our hands.

I stumbled across this 1971 animation Freedom River on the Open Culture blog’s list of animated films you can watch online. I think I was drawn to the fact that Orson Welles narrated the short. But then I really appreciated the sad but still true cliche’s of pride, arrogance, and resistance to change that can seem to still dominate American culture. I made this set of GIFs to complement the Tumblr post of them, as here on the blog I could associate the quotes from the narration to each GIF which is pretty cool.

Dan Coleman wrote a short post about the film and mentioned the script writer’s long standing effort to get Welles to work with him, and finally it happened.

The director of the film Sam Weiss went on to work on the 1969 Hot Wheels animated series, as well as one of my all time favorites the 1980s GI Joe animated series. He had a 47 year career and taught animation at USC and UCLA. How awesome would it have been to take a class with him back in the day?

EmojiMovie!!!

So I saw a tweet from Sava which was simply a single emojicon. A vehicle which was a while-driving-safe-texting-wink to her entering the radio city. But I really didn’t know that at the time. I just saw the little car in the tweet. And I was about to reply tweet with some random emojicons, finding […]

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Silence of the Lambs

So I saw a tweet from Sava which was simply a single emojicon. A vehicle which was a while-driving-safe-texting-wink to her entering the radio city. But I really didn’t know that at the time. I just saw the little car in the tweet.

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And I was about to reply tweet with some random emojicons, finding it would be funny to respond with a bunch of arbitrary pictograms. But all of a sudden I was reminded of the four icon challenge, one of the early ds106 assignments which asked you to represent a film with four ‘iconic’ images.

So instead I called to the ds106 storytelling folk, hoping they might be interested in playing a spontaneous version of the four icon challenge via Twitter using only emojicons.

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And I was so pleased to see the quick, righteous, and correct answer guessed by Dani Paradis (who I met at opened13). The four icon challenge was reduced to two emojis – shower head and kitchen knife = PSYCHO.

Next Dani laid down her challenge.

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In the midst of trying to concoct another emoji movie challenge, Lauren Davidson jumped in and rang the winning bell with E.T. Yes the emoji movie guessing game was building a little audience so cool! And Lauren was gracious enough to take the next turn.

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Which Dani quickly answered, and hit the iceberg with – Titantic. Lauren followed with another challenge.

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Four ladies, the Union Jack, a microphone, and the world. Hmmmmm…. No clue. Dani? No clue either. Swoops in Eric Domond an unapologetic Spicy Girls fan with Spice World.

And from there the game enjoyed a lovely thirty minutes or so of inspired quiz show like engagement. Figuring how you might use the limited palette of emojicons to represent a movie. I think about twelve or so challenges were put out there and by the end the pictographs were getting really interesting–

Why the parenthetical?

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Sea Biscuit

And frying an egg in a pan plus a diamond ring?

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

 

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