The 1950 film Gun Crazy has been on my mind a bit these days, particularly the first scene wherein the protagonist steals a gun from the local hardware store.
The whole film centers around the morbid fascination with guns in the U.S., and I wanted to see if I couldn’t capture that spirit with a montage GIF. I failed. The kid’s obsession with guns is much more richly conveyed in the full scene than the abbreviated GIF I created which isn’t all that interesting in the end. Nonetheless, it’s a first attempt at a larger series of montage GIFs, which I hope will build up to pulling together a coordinated series of GIFs from a film, TV show or some other animated episode (somewhat similar to what Michael Branson Smith did with his North by Northwest animated GIF movie poster). A series of GIFs or coordinated montages have been pretty common practice for a while now in the GIF world, but I haven’t really experimented with this approach yet. I particularly like this mashup of The Shining and Gangnam Style for eternal editing purposes, and this episode from the Scary Snowman is kinda like an animated GIF real-life comic book/tv episode, but then again not really any of those.
Anyway, while scanning through Gun Crazy I couldn’t resist GIFing Joseph H. Lewis’s homage to the final scene of Edwin S. Porter’s 1903 classic The Great Train Robbery. If you haven’t seen Gun Crazy I can’t recommend it enough, it’s one of the two best b films of the noir genre, Kiss Me Deadly (1955) is the other.
So, this is my first official entry for the GIF Festival, I hope to get a more coherent series of GIF montages and episodes together over the next couple of weeks—we’ll see.