Andrew Forgrave has given a wonderful introduction to the 1990s Reboot series, and how fun it is to create GIFs from the Number 7 episode (available on the Prisoner106 Archive page). Today I watched the episode, and once again realize that so much has been created in niches of popular culture that I have not visited. We all have gaps, and it is often fun and worthwhile to fill them.
Of the three GIFs I made and present here, the first one turned out to be one of the scenes Andrew chose. If you would like, view them both in separate windows so you can compare our interpretations. It is the scene where Rover once again traps a prisoner.
The other scene I chose is a bit more abstract, and required a slight bit of work. Since the point of view was slightly panning, and the face of the character Megabyte was also moving, I chose to crop the image to just the masks.
We Know Who You Are!
Attribution: frames for these GIFs taken from the You Tube video of Reboot, copyright 1997 by ReBoot III Productions. Used under fair use for educational and parody purposes.
There are two people who have done a lot of work to make the Prisoner106 summer Village vacation special. I have made a special GIF to honor the hidden committee that (I think) put it all together. Maybe I’m wrong, but these two are special anyway.
2 is more than a number
I know that everyone else is special, too. Don’t feel left out! You all have your number, and that number is 106.
Attribution and method: Original images came from the ds106 ~club for each, http://ds106.club/~talkytina and http://ds106.club/~aforgrave. Once imported into GIMP, resized as needed to make them the same, I found “blend” under Animation in the Filters menu. This calculated and added a few extra frames that were meant to provide a smoother transition from start to end. However, it turned out a bit glitchy, which I like. I added a few hundred milliseconds to the original portraits to allow them to stand out better in the animation.
Is Number 2 waiting for INFORMATION?
So it looks like the administration of The Village is in some sort of disarray. For those going on with the weekly agenda during your vacation, may I suggest:
Follow the guidelines found at Open ds106 Unit 7. This includes guidance on audio work and information about the radio project.
Find more episodes to view. I got them from Daily Motion, but they may be available elsewhere. Save episodes 16 and 17 for last, to be watched sequentially.
Start on your final project, anticipated for Vacation Week Seven, next week. More details at Open ds106 Unit 12.
Personally, I am not doing a radio show, but hope to squeeze in a project. August is not a vacation month.
Also, make GIFs!
Keep on Chopping
Well, it’s been video week, and I finally made a quick little video at the end of it.
This was made by clipping some frames from The Prisoner episode 9 “Checkmate” using MPEGStreamclip, exporting them to a folder. I first tried them as a GIF, but didn’t like a GIF that stopped. But I recalled that we’re supposed to make movies this week, so I opened Windows Movie Maker and imported all the frames. I had to adjust the time for each frame, as they were set by default to seven seconds; I chose a .3 second for each frame. Then I had to find suitable audio. Since I already had Big Ben’s chimes, I took a section of that into Audacity and applied the Paulstretch effect by a factor of two, which slowed it down a bit and made it sound interesting.
Overall, the effect is kind of like Cinderella needing to leave the ball before the stroke of midnight. I did not add title or credits because this is more of an experiment than anything. But, by way of credits, the video did come from The Prisoner, and the audio came from the UK Government.
Early in the week, when Number Two failed to post the assignments in a timely manner, I went ahead and made three GIFs, repeated here but you can see more of a write-up in the previous post.
Artist and His Art
Laughing at Number Six
Other than that, I guess I did a couple of Daily Creates and some other minor photographs for We’re Here! on Flickr. I was a bit busy with an extra consulting gig on top of regular teaching this week, but it all worked out.
And I’m Still Looking for INFORMATION!