For ds106 Visual Assignment Four Icon Challenge

Reduce a movie, story, or event into it’s basic elements, then take those visuals and reduce them further to simple icons.

I am a horrible free drawer, so I set up a set of frames in PhotoShop, imported some images found (somewhere on the internet), and did some tracing and brushing.

Sot quite as elegant as the example, oh well. ds106= opportunity to break rules

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  1. This is awesome, figuring out when my movie will be now. I love this assignment, and your choices are brilliant here. No question about the film, obviously. But there is something else going on as well, a form of editing the film in your imagination.

  2. I get it and I love it! Tom of Bionic Teaching and I have been talking about what a great assignment this would be for English teachers as we try to expand the concept of literacy to include visual literacy.

    A literary criticism that we hold dear is Rosenblatt’s Reader Response — that one’s response to literature is personal, unique, a transaction between the reader and the text.

    I really like Jim’s idea that when we respond (to text or graphics or movies or any media) that we’re doing our own unique editing.

    We are our own editors and we become better creators as our editing improves. It’s an odyssey, right?

    1. Thanks; I think it might be frames a bit more. What I did, and what I see a lot of people doing in class so far is pretty literal– I picked 4 elements/moments of the story and put them in that order, cause that is easiest.

      What could be the prompt that would get people to go deeper? Four icons that represent the emotion during the movie? The tensions?

  3. John Carpenter’s The Thing is a classic. There’s a really creepy video game version which is incredibly difficult, but also very compelling. In the game you have to keep your colleagues from going insane and also figure out which of them is The Thing. It’s one of the few games that’s made me jump in fright.

    This comment was originally posted on bavatuesdays

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