Trapped in the Zone

trapped in the odd zone

A quick gif after yesterday’s daily create. I am looking at you #DS106 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

I think this one hits Talky Tina’s ds106 Assignments: From the Twilight Zone, and Beyond … assignments.

I also think a much better job could have been done with the levels if I know a bit more about them. The idea is better that the execution.

Screen capture in Quicktime, my own hand knitted gif extraction. Edited in Fireworks to flip and add the background images.

8 Gifs in search of a title


So I am trying to get an idea of the twilight zone before the next round of DS106 starts. It looks like you can watch any of the first 3 seasons on The Twilight Zone Video if you live in the USA. I may have to investigate some sort of fake us ip device to see these.

In the meantime I’ve been wandering round youtube. Watching the odd fragment and episode. I’ve watch a couple but Five Characters in Search of an Exit was the first to make me pay attention. According to Wikipedia the title at least is based on Six Characters in Search of an Author and No Exit it has been a while since I saw 6 Characters or read No Exit, but the links, especially to No Exit are clear.

I am beginning to get into the zone, but I found the exposition from Rod Serling a bit much, great voice but I think this episode would be better without the explanation.

On second watching I grabbed gifs as I went through. There is plenty of banging, ringing and the idea of repetition in the tale, I hope some of this comes over in the combi gif above.

The gifs are all short, 7 frames. I combined them by importing them into fireworks.

I am pretty sure there are a few good pun titles for this gif just beyond my grasp… can’t get out of the zone, sort of thing.

After knitting together the gif above I though that two of the frames would work, here is the major begging Rod not to talk so much.


I am wondering about redoing this one with Jim Groom in the Rod Serling position.

I guess this is a Multi-Frame GIF Story as well as a From the Twilight Zone, and Beyond … Assignment.

I though the gif at the top looked better on a black background, so wrapped it in a paragraph:
<p style="background:#000;padding:45px">

Once you are on the DS106 Train

A new chapter of ds106 is starting.

ds106zone is an idea Dr. Garcia had about framing the Summer session around a Twilight Zone inspired thematic

from: bavatuesdays | a “b” blog

I’ve not idea about the twilight zone, well off my culture radar, so I am speed reading wikipedia and it looks like I’ll need to take a youtube trip. But DS106 is irresistible! A quick check to see if my blog is still in the mix:


A little fast, but I am working quickly. Giffing through the night.


It will be a scream on the DS106 Train.


A train ride you never wake up from!


I am not counting, but ds106 Assignments: From the Twilight Zone, and Beyond … and ds106 Assignments: All Aboard The GIF Train.

Dancing Jim Over the World

Last night a old gif of mine got tweeted:

and I replied:

As I love recycling, I dug out the old gif, which I also use for my Jim Groom Internet glasses and giffed it up a bit:


I think there are already assignments that this sort of fits into. ds106 Assignments: Noiseprofessor’s Jim Groom Art perhaps, but perhaps giffing Jim around the world could be one in its own right?
In case you want to join in here is a Dancing Jim Template An animated 9 frame gif with transparent background. The back ground is pretty big to make it easy to edit. Here is how I do it with Fireworks.

  1. Open the gif
  2. Make a new background layer that is Shared across frames
  3. Add an image to this background layer
  4. Move background around to get Jim in the right place
  5. Optionally cut out part of background and past into new foreground layer, so that the figure is partially behind, EG the shoulder of the office guy above.

The original gif is getting a wee bit tatty now, having been through the gif wringer and at some point it may be worth revisiting the original film and extracting another.

All backgrounds from free stock photos, no attribution needed.

Update: I made this an assignment: ds106 Assignments: Dancing Jim all over the world

The Big Steal

More BBC inspired giffing. nice to see some B&W back on the box. The Big Steal – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia described as a noir/comedy staring Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer is great stuff.

I just marched through the movie grabbing some sections with Movie2Gif – John’s World Wide Wall Display doing a little extra cleaning up in fireworks.

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to find any section to illustrate the most interesting aspects of the movie. Firstly the female lead was I feel treated as more of an equal that usual. The only North American who could speak good Spanish, the movie is set in Mexico, she held her own bantering with Robert Mitchum, driving a car and firing a gun in fairly high heels. , the villains all shouted at the Mexican characters. The two main Mexican characters spoke good English and displayed intelligence.

I didn’t manage to gif any of those moments but here is a few I did: