BMS GIF Course Class #3 Recap

  1. The BMS GIF Course Class Session #3 was live streamed as a google hang-out on air, grab the link here or watch it above! We began our final class with a BMS GIF Course Class #2 Recap and continued to discuss the new resources and tutorials that have been posted to the class website. The website will serve as a hub and archive for course resources and works generated by students, guest artists and collaborators.

2. A BMS GIF Course Online Exhibition of Student & Guest Artist works will launch on the website in the near future. Consisting of individually created GIF animations and net art collaborations made using newhive, we will keep you posted.

3. Class Collaborations on NEWHIVE. The Class NEWHIVE account is here. Works will continue to be created. Students have infinite log-in access to create, hack and generate opportunities on the class platform. If you need log-in access go here and let me know. Please continue to consider how you can use this amazing web publishing tool!


4. Guest Artist Introduction – General Howe – General Howe presented works via his tumblr blog and spoke about his “Disasters of War Series.”  He also discussed the transition from applied arts to making GIFs, and later a short film inspired by the GIFs. By capturing existing content from the G.I. Joe cartoon the General used it as source to remix, communicate and repurpose to help communicate and understand the media’s polarization of war in the internet age. 

Watch General Howe’s Short Re-Mix / Re-contextualized Film here –


General Howe brought the class to our group newhive and presented a series of his works juxtaposed together into one field. The piece above was created in immediacy and he left it open for collaboration….it was quickly hacked below… Want to hack into it more? Get in touch.

Newhive allows for continued editing, re-blogging and hacking. Single shared accounts work well for this! The piece above was embedded directly into this post via the iframe code it generates in the field. As the piece changes and updates on newhive it will also update here in this blogpost. 


5. Introduction – Gustavo Fajardo aka G1ft3d – Joining us from Guatemala City, Guatemala, Gustavo gave us insight into his various styles, tools and techniques for making GIFs. Gustavo talked about how his tumblr works are fed through the platform. MBransons, G1ft3d and I have been recently collaborating on a GIF series over the last few months across the internet, check out those pieces here. We shared a process on how we brought together our work and collaborated.


6. Cross Platform Desktop GIF Tutorial on Technique – The GIF above was created by G1ft3d and myself. We all added a series of our GIFs to a shared dropbox folder that we have. I selected the one you see below by Gustavo. I love how it loops, its seamless and hypnotic!


I decided to use Gustavo’s GIF as a back round and layer some of my static works on top of it to create a looping narrative. I opened an image I took of an old Etch A Sketch that I found. I opened it in photoshop and removed the negative space in the screen area as you see below. I saved the file as a “transparent PNG-24” via the “save for web” option. (I also did this with the two images of the women’s faces you see layered under the Etch A Sketch image.)


 I enjoy using newhive as an open field to discover and test potential new media works. We discussed how not everything created needs to be “published” online, newhive works well as a visual tool for screen recording ideas, testing loops, and creating multi-layered digital collage works. In this case it has become an actual GIF animation. In newhive I simply opened a new blank field and uploaded both of the images (the animation and the transparent etch a sketch image above) into the field.

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I layered the negative transparent space in the image over the animation and positioned it to my liking. I then opened the Quicktime application on my desktop to grab a short video clip by selecting a “New Screen Recording.” I saved the video to the desktop. The .mov format is easily imported back into photoshop (file -> import -> video frames to layers) so it can be “cropped, resized and saved for web” as a GIF. 

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This is one of the many techniques that can be used in the intuitive process, what are some of yours?

Feel free to share them below or via e-mail.

Did you miss the Class Recaps?

– Check them here –

BMS GIF COURSE Class #1 Recap –

BMS GIF COURSE Class #2 Recap –