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May the Fourth be with Us

This marks the end of the fourth week in The End!

I had a lot of fun with this week’s assignments, but I also believe this was definitely not my best week. I had a few technical issues this week with downloading things and getting things uploaded onto WordPress, but I also may have procrastinated a bit too much. I didn’t get as much done this week as I was hoping I would and the quality of my work could have been better. I am also terrible at commenting on other people’s posts and giving feedback on things. That is something I will definitely have to improve on.


 

The Photoblitz challenge was my favorite part of this week! I had a lot fun trying to do the pictures within 20 minutes. It’s amazing how fast 20 minutes can go by! (Especially when you’re having fun!) I originally posted my pictures on Instagram as instructed, but I also went more in depth on the pictures in my blog post about photography.

I also did my six stars worth of assignments with the Before and After Apocalypse assignment and the Places of Peace assignment. For the Before and After assignment, I had a bit of trouble getting the image into WordPress. It looks like I got it, but it also seems as though the picture is too large now. The images were shown as a gravel path leading into the woods that was obviously made by man. At this point, it still wasn’t very well taken care of, but it was still present. In the other image, it showed that the landscape had changed and the gravel pathway is gone. It was a manmade structure that was slowly taken over by nature after the apocalypse.


I really liked doing the film review this week as well. I decided to go with Train to Busan since it was a Korean film. I actually enjoy a lot of Korean shows, so I was not disappointed with this one whatsoever. I loved this movie so much and I am planning on making my parents watch it with me next time. (Watching Korean dramas has become a family thing now)

I was not really impressed with La Jetée as much. It just wasn’t my style, I guess. The film made me feel like I was missing out on a lot even though the emotions were there. I’m a huge fan of detail, so “simple” isn’t something I tend to enjoy.

Making the gif was both easy and hard. Finding the clip was easy and trimming it was easy. My computer was slow earlier this week, so I wasn’t able to download the 4K Video Downloader right away. Once I got it set up though, getting the video downloaded and trimmed was super fast and easy! Then came the really hard part of turning it into a gif. As you will read in the film review, I don’t have Photoshop so I used Giphy instead. This site ended up giving me problems too when I was trying to get the gif I created uploaded onto WordPress. I ended up with an embedded Twitter post with the gif in it instead.


One Photoblitz post I really liked this week was Rachel Melvin’s (rachs_story). I love the pictures from the museum! As an artist, I was super happy to see that she used an outing to an art museum with her friends as her Photoblitz challenge. The pictures were great and art will always have those dynamics you are looking for!


Question of the Week:

Do you think an animated GIF can be considered a story? Why or why not? It would be great to include some examples to illustrate your thoughts.

GIFs are a hard thing to categorize since they are not quite photos, but not quite videos either. However, I do believe that since they are a bit of both, they too can tell stories. If a photo is worth a thousand words and you can tell stories through film, why not GIFs?

I think GIFs such as this one are some of the best. GIFs with captions can add just a bit more to the story that is trying to be told. I think with stories told through photos, GIFs, and film, the audience doesn’t have to actually know the true story behind them. I think it really depends on if someone can deduce a story from one. It doesn’t have to be the right one.

This GIF only has two pictures that animate it, but it tells the story of a frog getting kissed by a “princess” and turning into something beautiful. Not much is needed to deduce a story, so GIFs fit perfectly in the story-telling category!


That was my weekly blog for week four! I’m so excited for week five now!

3 Comments

  1. Hey! i enjoyed your pictures this week. I was wondering if that was actually your camera in the picture?

    • Anne Armour Anne Armour

      Thank you for commenting! I’m happy you enjoyed the photos I did this past week. The camera in the picture is not mine, however. I just found a photo on Google Images of “photography” since that was the theme of this past week. I don’t actually own any cameras – except for the one on my phone.

  2. I’m really glad you enjoyed Train to Busan. I had never heard of it before this class, but it’s now one of my favorite movies. I like the scene you chose, too, for your GIF.

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