In this lesson, students will create an animated GIF that constructs their own personal version of reality. Students will begin by reading James Thurber's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and compare and contrast it's themes with a YouTube video created in response to the short story becoming a film by using some of it's advertising budget on assisting those in need in the Philippines after a devastating tsunami.
Students will create an animated digital collage on how they feel about their own reality or problems, and in what ways do they deal with escapism by means of entertainment or recreation, or as an "escape" from the perceived unpleasant or banal aspects of our daily life.
How does one perceive their own reality? Where you want to go? Where you can't go? Or some place you have been? How much of your reality is rooted in daydreams?
How can we create a work of art that captures our own version of reality?
Other Instructional Materials or Notes:
Adobe PhotoShop (intermediate use)