The first video clip is beautiful imagery of San Francisco. My counter GIF is within my second and third clip, showing San Francisco during an earthquake. My San Francisco GIF shows that not only is it a beautiful tourist attraction, don’t forget the hazards and disasters that can occur to this environment.
My GIF that i have here is a reaction GIF. The first video clip shown is if you were minding your own business and you hear someone talking about one of your friend. The second video clip is when the people that was talking about your friend says something good, this would be your reaction in your head clapping. Often times people jump to conclusions when hearing something sometimes it could be an uplifting conversation.
The GIF I created works against the original fandom GIF because it shows the rest of the story which isn’t one that we typically associate with superheroes. We typically expect the superheroes to come out on top, however my GIF showcases the opposite.
GIF #2: Reaction
The GIF I created is a counter GIF to the first because it provides a different ending than what may be expected. The ulterior ending depicts a scene that is relevant to current events in the U.S. and may be personal for some viewers.
GIF #3: Reaction
The GIF I created is a counter GIF to the original because like my other GIFs, my interpretation is relevant to the target group of all students. Additionally, my interpretation provides a perspective that is unlike any other interpretation or context that this GIF has been used in previously. Essentially, the GIF I created is unexpected and offers a new perspective for where this GIF can be used in the future.
This counter-example challenges the typical Fandom/Reaction GIF, through pointing out how we say we reacted compared to how we actually react. In the example, the typical fandom reaction GIF is a short clip of a character where the individual displays exaggerated movements. This lol Fandom GIF would typically be used when someone responds to something funny on a text. You might send the laughing mouse in response to a joke a friend sent, but it is unlikely that you actually laughed out loud. In the counter GIF, Jerry, the mouse shows, little reaction to a joke sent to him by his friend reacting with just a small smile. However, even though his reaction was small, he replies with exaggerated emotions. When using GIFs, we allow them to embellish our actual feelings.
This counter-example challenges the typical Cinemagraph GIF, by changing the typical: scene, feel, and object in movement. Cinemagraphs, often display very little movement of a single object to allow for the appearance of the infant loop. The images typically appear relaxing, where the main source of movement comes from water. The scenes are most commonly in a natural environment, with few if any people. In this counter-example, there are many people, but to keep the general idea of the Cinemagraph only one person is moving. The movement is exaggerated compared to the minimalism of the standard Cinemagraph GIF. The scene takes place in the city instead of a rural area, and the panicked pacing of the individual illustrates an anxious mood. The individual who is the focus in the example is a white man, however, in the counter-example the main character is a black woman. The counter-example also has a rainbow filter, which further exaggerates the contrast between the dominant Cinemagraph with a more neutral color pallet. To relate this Cinemagraph even more to current times, the people are spread out and all wearing masks.
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Counter-GIF 1: Environmental activism
For this pair of GIFs, I hoped to contrast the norm of owning and driving cars with the potential of other forms of transportation to reduce pollution. I tried to achieve this by using a clip of someone doing tricks on a bicycle, which leads viewers to think that riding a bike can be ‘cool.’ I also used title text to convey a clear message, and aimed to make my GIF engaging by selecting a comedic video clip and adding bright colors and animation to the caption.
Counter-GIF 2: Reaction GIF
For these GIFs, my goal was to create a counter reaction GIF by using opposing digital production techniques. For example, I chose to use generic stock footage for my GIF to contrast with the TV and movie excerpts that most mainstream GIFs include. I also decided not include a caption for GIF so that it could be applied to a wider range of reactions and be open to interpretation by each user. Finally, my counter-GIF is visually contrasting with my example GIF since I chose to use slightly muted colors to give a more realistic tone.
Counter-GIF 3: Sports GIF
Here, I hoped to contrast the overly-competitive side of televised sports with a sportsmanship mindset. I envisioned my counter-GIF being used during an online conversation between players after a sports game, so I decided to use cheerful colors and a positive caption so that viewers would feel a sense of encouragement after seeing this GIF. I also chose to create my own animations so that the viewer would not need specific sports background knowledge to understand the meaning behind the GIF.