For this assignment Animated GIF Alternative Cover a 5 Star assignment we were to revisit the apocalyptic novel cover from earlier this semester, but make it an animated GIF this time. I was unable to make the background of my original cover animated, so I found a clip that included a helicopter, like the helicopter that was in my original alternate book cover. I chose to go with an animated background as well as animated wording so that way it would draw in the readers attention. I wanted my GIF to not only be animated by text but also by background. I made sure to put the text in a way that did not occlude the focus of the GIF which is the helicopter being attacked by zombies. Here is my GIF below I hope you enjoy.
This is my original alternate book cover for my book World War Z. I was trying to use this as a GIF but I didn’t like how I couldn’t get the background to be interactive. I know there is probably a way to do this, but I guess I just don’t know how at this point. Here is my original alternate book cover below:
Here is my Alternate Cover for the book World War Z. So I choose to do my alternate book cover in a stair step fashion with my text, something different than I had seen with most of the book covers or movies I looked up for this book. The title World War Z is either placed from top to bottom and centered in the middle of the book or the words “World War” would overlap the Z. So I decided to change my book cover up a bit. You can’t really see it but it looks the person in the lower right has a red marker of sorts and I placed the “Red Z” in a manner in which it looks like he drew it. With this view you can barely see the object or red marker in his hand as I seen it while working in the program GIMP. I tried keeping with the apocalyptic feel, post the zombie attacks, when the zombies were eradicated. My book cover shows a huge crater in the center this is where the zombies were lured in and a huge firey projectile was dropped on their heads.
Below are the two different original book covers for the book World War Z.
I aquired the picture for my alternate book cover through google images. I had imported the picture into the Application GIMP which I had downloaded from the design resource page from week 6 resources. Once I was able to import the picture I had to learn my way around how to manipulate the multiple layers. The layers in this picture were the picture itself and the 2 text boxes. Once I learned how to manipulate them and change the text settings I was able to place the text where I wanted it. I chose this program over Adobe due to it being free, but from what I’ve heard both are relatively the same in functionality. I have just scratched the surface of this program but I look forward to using it in upcoming assignments.