The Final GIF!

I have decided to use the only GIF that I took inspiration from, the surf 3D GIF. Using Stacy Peralta’s 3D Mask, I have created a 3D GIF. I am yet to find a GIF like it, so I’m incredibly happy with it!

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GIF Tests

After a week of trying different GIFs I have taken 2 GIFs the distance. Having previously mentioned my admiration for Stacy Peralta’s use of the 3D imaging in the film Riding Giants (2004) I have managed to replicate this in my own way with one of my own images.

Toby-Surf

To do this, I opened the image in Photoshop and masked myself out of the image and replaced it with a content aware fill. I then took the edited image over to After Effects where I turned all of the layers into 3D, and then by adding a camera and using keyframes, you are able to create an incredibly interesting GIF.

 

My second test was to create one for my band, Kenoby. Then to possibly use the technique for my own work in the future.

Kenoby

To do this, I used one of the bands pictures and masked myself and Ken out of the image to separate layers. Then, using the Photoshop timeline, I added text behind each layer to create an insight into the bands name.

 

My final test was to base it around myself, using different fields of interests that I have. I also wanted to take the opportunity to learn how to use Animate CC.

Toby-Gif-1.gif

To do this, I created keyframes so a shape would swipe across the pictures and then changing the image every time the shape was fully covering the picture.

 

My next blog post will show my final choice to be my GIF to represent myself.

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Using GIFs as a Self Portrait

GIFs are becoming more and more popular within todays social media world. With them now being easily accessible on Facebook, Twitter and various other social media platforms. I have decided to join in the craze and start creating my own and I will document my finds and tests over the next three blog posts.

Firstly, I have looked into what GIFs interest me the most, and what portrays me as a media practitioner and as a person.

I have recently watched a fantastic documentary called Riding Giants (2004, Peralta) and he uses an incredibly fascinating way to display photographs. He uses a standard 2D image and uses After Effects to mask key elements of the photo to make it 3D. Here’s a little example below,

This is a skill I have wanted to be able to achieve since I first watched the film when I was 13! Because of this, I have decided to crack this technique by using it as a personal GIF, as I can then use it for my future video work.

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