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Holiday .GIF Giving Storytelling Contest for Teens

Posted on November 30th, 2012 by Mickie.
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Have you ever used .gifs? GIFS or Graphic Interchange Formats are little repeating image files that make a few still images look a little like a movie! They are sometimes interesting and artistic…

and sometimes ridiculous and silly…

But I think they are really fun! That brings me to our challenge. I offer you…the Holiday .GIF Giving Storytelling Challenge. I challenge you to re-tell your favorite holiday story using GIFS to accent the story telling...like this example that I made where I retell Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh. Do you like how I made with the funny?

Ok. So here is how it works…

  1. Pick your story–something simple is always better, but you do what you want. Here are some ideas to get you started.
  2. Retell the story…you can be serious or funny. It is your story! Type your story out–if you have a Tumblr or you blog somewhere you can type it out there. if you don’t, no worries! You can type it in a Word doc and send it to me or come into the library and you can type it out on one of our computers.
  3. Choose your GIFs–you can start by googling a term that you want to find. For example, for the GIF above, I searched for “Thank you gif” and it sent me to a Tumblr page with a bunch to choose from. You can also search for GIFs at GifSoup and Gifbase or Tumblr.
  4. Keep it appropriate and no bad words!

Now Friends---Auntie Muriel reminds you to be careful when searching for things on the interwebs...you don't want to look at gross stuff so keep your searches clean! You may also want to get an OK from your adult if that is appropriate.

After you find the .GIFs you like, copy the URL for it and put it in your story. Just like you grab a URL for a picture to send to a friend or post to Facebook–if you can do that you can do this. Want a tutorial for how to do that? Check this one out. Still not sure? E-mail me (mstiers@westervillelibrary.org)  or stop into the library to see me and I’ll help you out!

Happy GIF giving!

 

 

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