Lab 3: Animated Gifs

1. Fandom GIF

Counter Fandom GIF

If you are an avid Game of Thrones viewer/fanatic, you would recognize the scene in the first GIF. After a full-fledged battle between Jon Snow (King of the North), Snow’s small team, and The White Walkers (the super creepy zombies with blue eyes), the two sides have what seems to be the biggest, most intense stare-down in TV history. What’s so important about this scene is that it foreshadows the drama to come. In my counter-GIF, I chose a scene that does not represent any series-shifting moment. The counter-GIF could have been in any episode out of the entire series — it is not telling of a specific situation or of specific, potentially important people. It is a boring GIF of white walkers walking.

2. Reaction GIF

Counter Reaction Gif

The reaction GIF of Idris Elba flipping his desk has to be my most-used GIF. It is an emotion that cannot even be expressed in real life most of the time, as it is a very extreme emotion. This is in part what can make some reaction GIF’s so special — they allow you to express an emotion/reaction that you wouldn’t be able to express even in person. In my counter-GIF, I played to the idea of the first GIF being an extreme situation. The counter-GIF is extremely boring — nothing exciting is happening, no emotions, especially no extreme emotions, are visible. It is a GIF of a life scene that is extremely common — students doing work in the library.

3. Wobble Gif

Counter Wobble Gif

A wobble GIF is typically an image that is made to “wobble” left and right. In the first GIF, you see a cat and a person in a static position, but the image itself is wobbling. In my counter-GIF, I tried to play with the idea of this static position, and wrongly introducing the wobble later in the GIF. The start of my counter-GIF might make the viewer feel like they are looking at a static image. The quick movement after could signify the beginning of a wobble GIF, but it is instead just a simple panning of the camera, the GIF then returning to the beginning loop.

Posted from Digital Studies 101 by Rosalia P.