Unit 1: The Foundations


Research for Group Project

I looked into a variety of sources for inspiration I wanted to do either a project looking into the history of leicester or video of old and new.

I looked into shinli art’s half n half project ( ) that incorporated two pictures taken in the same context in different places at the same photographic angle and distance, it was an art project by a couple separated, one living in new york and the other living in seoul, then they create a single piece of art work incorporating both of their images to create a single composite image.


This related to what I wanted to do, perhaps through instagram using the layout companion app to produce side by side images.

I again took inspiration from look up leicester ( ) A charity that funds art projects in leicester that encourages young people to research into the architecture and photography of leicester.lulbanner980x300px.png

I chose to do something similar to this because it was something that i’m interested in, the skyline of leicester is very beautiful because of its deep history and culture.

Another source of inspiration was dear photograph ( that uses old photographs and then usually people try and reproduce the situation that the photographs were in when they were first taken.


I was thinking i could reproduce something similar to this, but doing further research showed it has already been done._50127051_dsc_0157

Creating a reaction Gif Unit 11

‘Make the perfect reaction gif and create a story that it fits around or perfectly describes. React to whatever to want with your gif!’

so making a reaction gif, i usually use reaction gifs in my every day conversations with people through social media to emphasis a point or to make a joke, I never really think about the effort to create a gif.

Ive made gifs before in the past but the style of gif I had in mind where I was to integrate it into part of a story was unheard of because most of my story telling.

With this task I first decided on a reasonable reaction gif, they usually come is 3 main varieties.One that describes what you would write or say exactly through text spoken by a character, this can be live action but cartoons make the best reaction gifs because movement is minimal and there is less data in the actual gif.E6exUna.gif

A hyperbole reaction to something said or written to over hype what is being said, this is usually from a tv, film or a home recording of something, usually play on negative emotions like; hate, fear disgust, expressing your dislike or just saying no.giphy (4).gif. And finally a very benign reaction gif of a simplistic action, this is usually based on a simple action to use as a reaction, or just of something interesting happening, usually when a conversation runs dry on content

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My gif though is supposed to be the second catagory of reaction gif, using a hyperbole action, taken from the trailer for the new Logan film, expresses how something is ‘not okay’ while tugging on the little girls arm to pull her away. the inspireation came for this from watching the trailer itself and being a big fan couldnt resist.

the next step was to create a story, what better way to do this than to look at screengrabs of stupid people on facebook who dont know what they are doing or saying. I found this example of the ‘wall of K’s’ woman who is oblivious to the obvious KKK reference she has made in her home. this has been around for a long time so I decided to use it as my basis for my gif.

to show my gif I then imported the gif and image into photoshop and placed the gif as if it were a photocomment at the bottom of the comments section, however this screengrab was taken way before the advent of gif being available on facebook, so I had created a gif that was very modern with an old gag, emphasising the storytelling in the image.

Favourite sports person Unit 11

Make a Gif of your favorite sports hero!

I made a gif of my favourite sports person, Michael Phelps winning the 4×100 mens relay at the 2008 olympics in bejing.

This gif wasnt hard to make, i found the clip on youtube then using the Giphy tool convereted it into a gif, if i had wanted to edit it or add text i would have downloaded it as a video and sent it through photoshop in order to make the changes I wanted.

This gif is amazing not just because it has phelps celebrating but it was the peak of his career and the best time of his life probably, this is one of the reactions that inspired my to continue with my swimming and work harder on my sport and social channels through them.

Creating a atari 2600 gif unit 11
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Jim created the excellent Animate 2600 GIF assignment. Now it’s time to riff on it and remix & mashup classic 8-bit video games from the Atari 2600 era. Mashup two or more different games into the same animated GIF.

I always liked pacman, I found it fascinating that such a simple game could be so indulging and addictive, hence i found the atari 2600 version of pac man and made it into a gif.

the idea was supposed to be that I would make a gif of the pacman death animation and then have you imagine the death sound that we all know and love but unfortunately as you can probably see the atari 2600 is crap to say the least and only has 2 frames of animation for the death of pacman.

the way that the atari 2600 renders all 7 ghosts is interesting in that they are all therer but the game cycles between them a frame each to produce the full illusion of them all moving on pacman but again in gif from this is obvious and they just look like they are glitching across the screen.

Two movies-one trailer Unit 10

Get two movies that have a similar theme and create a mashup movie trailer out of it. Throughout the trailer, it has to show the theme of the story and it’s got to be creative! Have fun as well!

I have created a fusion of 2 film trailers that both came out in 2016, Lights Out and Before I Wake. Both films involve a small boy, that look so similar in fact they cant be told apart from the trailer, making some aspects of what I’ve created work seamlessly.

They both have themes of darkness, taking from our primal fear of being alone and not knowing what is in the dark.

This task was relatively easy as I had done something similar for an assignment as part of multimedia last year but I used different films in that so I already had the skill set to produce a trailer like this, it works best with horror trailer because they have the same editing and arts style making the two films easier to splice together.

when splicing and remixing it is important to appreciate what both the film makers where trying to achieve by working with material already given. for example, cutting when there is already a cut, cutting when a similar action happens to characters.

In all the trailers work well together although there isn’t much of a story to be seen even though it does follow as a trailer for a horror film that people would likely want to see anyway!

#SixSecondArt Unit 9

Six word stories, six word quotes, and six word poetry are all the rage. So why not six second art? Using any method of video, stop motion, or other visual medium, produce a six second video of you creating art. It could be digital art, physical art, or performance art, just create a six second video of you making it happen! Vine, Youtube, Vimeo, are all great places to host, although Vine happens to a great natural place for this type of work.

Since vine has shut down, I used youtube to broadcast my video although for this assignment it would be best to use vine because of their 6 second format.

I chose to make a video with art in it obviously, but more than that, i chose to produce art from what i had around me at the time, which was a lot of paper and scissors.

I was going to create the unicorn from blade runner because it is my favourite film but instead I decided to make a paper shuriken because it is easy and requires fewer step where as the unicorn would likely require a lot of concentration and would be highly time consuming as I couldn’t get it right when i first made a unicorn so i will likely not get it right if I did it again.

To produce this I obviously had to make the shuriken then at each step take a picture with 16 steps total, then aligning them in photoshop and importing them into premiere, then importing the images as a sequence and extending them to 6 seconds long, rendering out in avi and uploading to youtube.

Create an Inkle Story- Unit 8

My Inkle Story Here

Tell a story using the free Inklewriter program found here:
Inklewriter is perfectly designed for choose your own adventure-type stories. It offers numerous tools to create detailed interactive fiction narratives. It is similar in concept to the popular tool twine. Twine, however, is more focused on choice complexity and gaminess, whereas Inklewriter is more focused on storytelling. Look at the examples on the webpage and start writing a story!

I’m putting this as three stars because the difficulty really depends on the scope of the project. Very complex stories with numerous choices and plot holes can quickly spiral out of manageable workload here. Don’t overstretch your ambitions in terms of choice complexity unless you want to be writing for a good long while.

In this task I was supposed to be me creating a story on Inkle, I have already used the tool before to create some not very good, poorly written stories revolving around an adventure game, for a pathfinder game.

the story that i have created has the protagonist start off in some woods and then proceed to find a set of magical items and people along the way with an emphasis on a mockery of existing media and real world reactions to the players actions.

I use all the tools available to me to create my story, providing the reader with a story tree rather than an arc, where two stories can co exist depending on the players path. the ending all depends on a decision that the player makes earlier on in the story and this is all part of what social media is about. the illusion of a two way connection, the idea being that the reader assumes they can do anything and will still reach the goal, where as my story requires the reader to think about their actions and how that will effect the goal. social media is similar in that you assume that anyone and everyone will see and react to what you do, some of it matters and some does not and sometimes hundreds will see what you don’t want them to and visa versa.