I’ve settled down in my apartment now. Poking around in different corners I found some old photos of the Village, I’ve put them on the corkboard in the kitchen. I suspect they were taken by a previous resident, the photos look quite old, maybe 40 or 50 years I’d guess, quite instagram.
If I wanted to fake this sort of thing this is how I’d go about it.
I’d create a blank document in FireWorks, say 1200 pixels by 800 pixels
I’d watch the video using QuickTime Player (I still have the old QuickTime pro), on an interesting frame I’d stop and copy (⌘-c).
Switch to fireworks and paste in the image.
Repeat this another four times
Back in fireworks I’d select all the images and hit ⌘-T and then type in say 70% to resie them all, I might try a few different sizes.
I’d then make a rectangle the same size as the 5 images. Set its fill to a radial gradient, yellow- purple, and set the opacity to around 20.
I’d have duplicated the rect until there was 5
I’d make another rectangle, no fill, white border.
I’d then align each ‘photo’ with a gradient and a frame and group them.
After that I would search my HD for a cork tile and create a background.
Then I would have arranged the photos in a random fashion rotating them a little.
Finally I’d export to a jpg.
If I was really silly I would not save as I go along and I’d have to do the whole thing again if FireWorks crashes (my old version has a tendency to do that)
Interesting happenings in the village this week, there seem to be a lot of ‘learning’ going on. As I watch number six get into trouble I am thinking my decision to be less confronting was a good idea. However this episode is taking the committee well inside my wheelhouse. Although I’ve not got number six’s skills I think there are other ways to subvert the establishment here, perhaps a bit of digital graffiti…
As we move into Week 2 and get more information, it appears that a major theme in The Prisoner is repetition (a long with reflection and recursion I hope).
Before I start thinking about the audio assignments, I knocked up a few gifs from The Chimes of Big Ben:
I repeat a well trod playflow.
Open video in MPEGStreamclip
Select in and out points
Trim (command T on a mac)
Export to Other Formats…
Choose Image Sequence
I usually click options and choose Jpeg and 12 frames /second
Right Click on First File in export list
Open in Fireworks
Select all the other images in series & Drag to FW window
Cmd-A Select All
Open FW Frames window, Choose Distribute To Frames from the Window
This creates a series of frames.
Further editing and setting the Export Options in the Optimise Window
Export to Gif
I made a Say It Like Peanut Butter – YouTube video showing the process a while back. Fireworks, as I’ve blogged about before (more repetition), is great for gifs as it separates layers and frames. That make it much easier for me to understand.