Make an animated gif from your favorite/least favorite movie capturing the essence of a key scene. Make sure the movement is minimal but essential.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a newer favorite of mine. I am a huge fan of the comics and an even bigger fan of Chris Pratt so, naturally, I picked one of the many hilarious scenes in the movie for “Say It Like The Peanut Butter.”
Think of a favorite children’s book you used to read. It probably had pictures, right? What if those pictures could move, would it aid in the fun? Gifs attempt to further the story while keeping the idea of “digital storytelling” intact (i.e., not a sound bite, per se). In a wall of text, a gif can provide a visual aid to help readers understand the point or direction the story is going. Plus they’re fun to watch!
In this particular scene, Peter Quill is attempting to save the universe from Ronan. Ronan has an infinity stone which, when/if it were to touch the ground, would cause the planed to explode and would destroy those upon it. At a loss of what to do, Quill begins to dance to one of the songs that is on his “Awesome Mixtape Vol. 1” cassette his mother gave him (prior to her death in the beginning of the movie). Spoiler Alert: The distraction works and the Guardians of the Galaxy take the stone. If you have yet to see it, you should definitely watch Guardians of the Galaxy.
To make this gif, I started with help from other students/faculty. I have made gifs before in other online editing programs, but I had yet to hear of Imgur. Turns out Imgur is one of the easiest gif-making sites I have heard of. I found a clip from GOTG on YouTube, copy/pasted the link, and selected the time frame I wanted for the end gif. I did not see a “save this gif” button, so I just right-clicked and clicked “save as” to obtain the final product.