Jan 28, 2011

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A Stick Figure from Microsoft Paint vs. Web 2.0

I had a lot of fun making the slides for this thing and would have probably even have had more fun if I was able to make it the length I wanted it. I used OneTrueMedia and had it all set up at a running time of almost 2 minutes when I realized I wouldn’t be able to share it since in order to share it for free, I needed to cut it down to 30 seconds. I had about 39 slides and had to combine some and delete a few jokes here and there. I tried using PhotoPeach.com, and I uploaded all of my JPEGs, but it just didn’t seem to work. I also looked at RockYou, but I didn’t see where I could create video. By the end of this ordeal, I was a little more than slightly tired of looking at this project, so the above is what I have accomplished for about 9 hours of work. I spent the wee hours of yesterday making those slides and I’m still a little ticked that I couldn’t use all of them.

(A left out joke.)

I got the idea after looking at the sites for free photos on the 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Digital Story site and not being able to find the images I wanted. For some reason, I’d type in “babysitter” and get an airplane. I then decided to just make my own images out of stick figures, since I had fun making them in my Graphic Novels class last semester. I originally thought I could narrate a story (recorded by the recorder on my MP3 player) and play it as the audio, but from the snippets that I recorded of just the first three slides, it was already 22 seconds. I wanted to add a caption to make it look like subtitles, but in order to do so, I needed to have a premium account, so unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

I know it runs very fast and I tried to make it readable, but in order to keep the info I wanted in the movie, I had to put most slides at a running time of 3 seconds. Some are even at 2 or 1.

That being said, I did have a lot of fun making it. Perhaps I will break down and get a subscription since it would be nice to be able to use it to make other movies or slides of Stick Figure and Web 2.0. Eventually, if I have free time this weekend, I might return to it and see if I can edit the pictures to read more easily. But in the meantime, I hope you, gentle Internet readers, are amused.

[Edit]: I may later (after I rearrange from cutting and pasting them to bits) post the individual stills of the photos so you can get the whole effect.

(Web 2.0’s final words in the director’s cut edition.)

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