W.D. Minihan

Catch me in the NARRATIVE, jackin’ your MECHANISMS

Moving Towards the Vision

Favorite Musician GIF -3.5 Stars-

As a fiend for a good music video, I knew I had to take up this assignment. The task? Make a GIF out of a video from my favorite musician. The story I could spin out of this? No idea. What was nice about this assignment was that it narrows things down very easily. A musician can only have so many music videos and public appearances. For this I chose a fairly recent one, with Kanye West’s “Heaven and Hell” music video.

Choosing the clip to take from this video wasn’t too hard. Obviously I’m going to use the bit from when the beat drops in. This moment moment is obviously a reference to the drawing “Empyrean” by Gustave Dore. This drawing was done for Dante’s ‘Paradiso‘ part of ‘The Divine Comedy‘.

Empyrean - Wikipedia
But already my desire and my will
were being turned like a wheel, all at one speed,
by the Love which moves the sun and the other stars.

There upon the threshold of the ninth sphere of heaven,
a light piercing through the throngs of angels.
They drifted to make way,
as a rose blooms to make known its nature.

My eyes were met with the silhouette of a man,
standing upon a wisp ether.
I turned to Beatrice and I asked,
‘Who is this one?’

The selected GIF

‘The greatest artist of ALL TIME’,
I heard shouted from the height.
‘Like, at this point it’s not even a question.’

Tutorial Time

We got a short one for you today because I didn’t fiddle around to figure this out by myself. Done with Photoshop and VLC media player.

1: Use this guide to figure out how to download videos off of YouTube. Obligatory “Don’t redistribute, yada yada”.

2: Windows default video player has a trimming tool built into it. Use this to pick out the section that you want to make into a GIF. If you have a Mac, I don’t know what to tell you.

3: Follow this guide to to import your trimmed clip into Photoshop and turn it into a GIF.

That’s really all there is to it.