Here we are at the end of Week 4 of the apocalypse! How’s everyone doing? Good? Good.
What a week it has been! This week, we covered the photography unit of digital storytelling. It was a lot of fun! Who doesn’t want to take pictures for an assignment?
First off, at the beginning of the week, I completed two Daily Creates! The first one I completed was last Tuesday, and I had to find an image, GIF, or other kind of media that reminded me of bones! What immediately came to mind was the “Bone Dance” from Hannah Montana. I’m not ashamed, and am pretty proud of the GIF I was able to make from it! Let me know if you start singing along to the words as you read them! I think this song/dance definitely qualifies as a representation of bones!
Let us never forget Miley Stewart/Hannah Montana's performance of the "Bone Dance"!! To enjoy the full experience: https://t.co/9Vr1uRpPL3 … #tdc2220 #ds106 #theend106 @theEnd106 @netnarr #dda150 pic.twitter.com/bisDJw57TW
— Elizabeth Finto (@eafinto) February 6, 2018
The second daily create I did was on Thursday. I was to create a “found poem” in which I collected tweets, lyrics, quotes, etc. and created a poem out of them! Here’s the result! Let me know if you can identify some/any/all of the lyrics, quotes, tweets, etc. in this!
— Elizabeth Finto (@eafinto) February 8, 2018
I really love Daily Creates! They’re a great way to have a “creative break,” if you will.
I then shifted gears into the photography realm of the creative world. I learned a few tips in order to improve my photography skills, such as to wait for the perfect moment to capture the perfect photo and how to do that fun trick of making something big look small and how to make something small look big. After, I viewed a few galleries on the Abandoned America site in which I discovered a bunch of pictures of abandoned places such as schools, hospitals, institutions, prisons, and so much more! You should definitely check it out! Then, it was my turn, I took on the Photoblitz challenge. Basically, what this means is there is a website I went to in which I was assigned seven prompts of what I needed to take pictures of and I had a twenty-minute time frame to do this in. I succeeded! Below are the seven prompts I was given, and my results! Let me know what you think! (I’m very much a beginner!)
Then, I was to create a comparison of what I looked like before the apocalypse and what I looked like after! There is quite a difference, but I still have my glasses! If you want to make your own comparison, check out Juxtapose! It splits both pictures in half and then compares them side-by-side.
The next visual assignment I completed was having fun with typography! I took two photos that I found to relate to the apocalypse and put them through a typography-generator. After, I added text to the typography already existing, and made up messages that were written in a secret code that can be translated into real meanings. I don’t want to give away all of my secrets here, so if you want to see exactly what I did and what they mean, check it out!
The last assignment I had this week was exploring more science fiction films! I watched La Jetée and The Road. Instead of a regular movie, La Jetée, was a series of still images that told the story while a narrator explained it. After a nuclear war destroys Paris, a man goes through a set of experiments where he is able to visit the past, present, and future. I can’t say much more without spoiling it! You can find this on Netflix, too! The Road was also quite interesting and complex. You can find it on Netflix! It’s about a father and son’s journey through their post-apocalyptic world, while trying to save each other and survive all at the same time. I don’t want to give the whole story away, so definitely go watch it! You won’t regret it.
Until next week!
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. (Feel free to answer this question as well in the comments!)
I definitely think that an animated GIF can be considered a story. For one, there is a literal beginning and end, which is essential to every story. Some GIFs may only be 1 second long, but others can contain more than one scene or shot of something. If you add GIFs together, it becomes a ‘show’ or comic! Also, GIFs can tell literal stories if the creator adds text to the bottom of it! I really think any kind of media or object can tell a story. If I wear a specific necklace that has a lot of history to it, it’s telling a story. The same goes for a GIF. Also, when a person sees a GIF, they can be reminded of the TV show, movie, or other media that it came from, which then tells a story in their mind!