Assignment 1: “Say it Like Peanut Butter”

Description of Assignment: 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.

The Story Behind the Story: This is my first post from the Assignment Bank for ds106. I didn’t necessarily choose it being that the first one was required by Dr. Polack. Nonetheless, I was still excited to learn how to make a GIF from one of my favorite movies. I chose this scene in particular because it is essential to the overall plot of this movie. This scene is from the movie Minions, a spin-off from the Despicable Me movies. Even though I’m a 21-year-old college student, I still enjoy cartoons and the humor companies like Disney and Pixar bring to theaters. In this particular scene, the minions are talking to the evil villain, Scarlett. She has just told them that she wants them to steal Queen Elizabeth’s crown and they respond, classically, with “whaaaa?!”.  Check this YouTube video out if you aren’t sure what I mean! This is a key scene behind the whole movie as the minions main goal is to please and do the work of the “evilest” villain in the world.

The Process: For this assignment, I began by following the link to the actual assignment page. I read through what was expected, and then proceeded to research the best way to create a GIF from a movie clip. I began by searching through the ds106 Handbook. I found two separate sections on creating a GIF, “Creating Animated GIFs the Modern Way” and “Creating Animated GIFs with (free) Open Source Softare.” As informative and helpful as these two sections were, I soon realized that they would be of no help to me. Unfortunately, I have a Chromebook which is not compatible with the programs (e.g. GIMP) designed for Windows and MAC systems. I was frustrated at first, but decided to search around the ds106 site for other tutorials. I happened to come across the first tutorial listed on the assignment page, Making GIFS with IMUGR. According to this article by “Reverend,” a website called IMUGR allows one to paste a URL of an online video (less than 1GB) and edit it down to a GIF. This was so helpful! I no longer had the issue of having to download a software to my computer. From here on I can delineate the process in a series of steps:

  1. I went to YouTube and searched “Minions movie clip.” I then selected one of the first few options.
  2. Copy the URL of the YouTube video.
  3. Go to IMUGR. Paste the URL of the YouTube video into the specified bar.
  4. When the video clip has loaded in the program, use the editor to create the GIF.
    1. Drag the editor bar to the start and end points you would like to use for the GIF. (I chose this section as it captures a key scene from the movie.)
    2. Click the green button “Create GIF.”
    3. The next page lists a number of ways to export the GIF. (For this assignment I used HTML, because I assumed it would be best for a blog post given that it specified website/blog.)
    4. Copy the HTML and embed the media within the blog post.

Personally, I think GIFs are a fun and unique way to capture key moments in movies, tv shows, commercials, etc. and present them to an audience. I appreciate that this assignment gave me the opportunity to experiment with this type of media and publish my own original creation!


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