First Kiss: More Lego Movie Fun (More on my journey in learning how to make GIFs)
Previously, I shared with you how my Teens and I decided to explore the world of GIFmaking by using the Legos in my library’s MakerSpace. This week, I totally had something totally new and fun prepared for my teens, but a group came in very excited about the prospects of making more “movies”. They had apparently been thinking and talking about it, planning what today’s movie might look like. One of my favorite movies created today they titled FIRST KISS:
They were working hard behind the scenes trying to figure out how they could make a crash scene but show the steps of the crash more in process. They experimented with things like using a hidden Lego to prop up a car to show it in the process of turning over, step by step. It was fascinating to watch them try and figure out a way to make this happen. We’ll have to keep working on it, but it’s a fun challenge to try and solve.
Here’s how making our .GIF Lego movies works. You have to storyboard your scene, at least conceptually. What do you want to see happen in the movie? What elements do you need to create to make it work? Then you fill in the details.
After you build all the pieces, you then have to take step by step single photos. You set up your first shot, then click the photo. Make a slight adjustment – move a car forward, move a person forward – then click the photo. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Movements have to be small to make it look like it’s happening. And you have to keep the frame set in the exact same place for it to work well. I might even invest in a tripod of some sorts (do they have something like that for the iPhone?) to help keep the camera stable and the frame perfectly set.
After taking my series of photos, I used the Giffer app to upload the pictures, frame it, adjust the speed, etc. You can read my previous review here. In a much earlier post I listed a wide variety of ways to make GIFs, and if they continue to want to make GIFs I might try comparing different ways by using some new tools:
|Article on 9 Free GIF Maker Apps at About Technology|
Make an animated GIF in Photoshop GickrPicasionGifBoom (app!)Cinemagram (also an app!)Gizmodo: How to Make a GIF in 5 Easy Steps Free Online GIFmakerMake a GIFMashable: Make Reaction GIFs with These 7 ToolsMashable: How to Make GIFs8 Free GIF Maker Apps
GIF are so popular there are even artists out there specializing in GIFs, and they are amazing: YPulse: 3 Rising Artists of the Digital Age.
The FIRST KISS “Lego Movie” was made with the teens at the Betty Warmack Branch Library in Grand Prairie, Texas. I’m learning how to create GIFs right along with my teens, it’s pretty cool actually.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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