Wipster: What was the inspiration for your GIF?
Nata: In animation my main interest is movement itself, I tend to focus on forms and visuals, and if some idea can be attached - that’s a bonus.
Wipster: What the process of creation like? Did you Storyboard it first?
Nata: I don’t draw storyboards when making something super short like this gif, and here I blocked the main characters’ phases first to morph them correctly. Then I drew the final gif’s look, which includes the character design, main colors, possible textures, outline style and width etc. Then I made a rough animation linearly, nothing looped yet on this stage. Then I created color gradient for all the characters, as not only their bodies morph into each other, but their colors are changing as well through their movement. Then I cleaned everything up, colored it, added shadows, and rendered. Then I added a camera movement to loop it, color corrected, added sound, and rendered the final version.
Competition Wants You to Turn Cultural Heritage Into GIFs
Some vintage artwork is about to get a lot more animated. The website GIPHY, along with four international digital libraries, are soliciting your best GIFs for the fourth annual "GIF It Up" contest.
The competition, which launches October 1 and runs throughout the month, lets you submit GIFs in a variety of categories using public domain content from Europeana, DPLA, DigitalNZ or Trove. The grand prize winner will receive a special electronic frame for displaying (what else but) GIFs. Runners-up will receive gift cards, and special prizes will also be awarded in themes of transport, holidays, animals and Christmas cards. While a panel from GIPHY, DailyArt and Public Domain Review will be deciding most of the winners, anyone can vote for the people's choice award, which will award one creative user a Giphoscope.
"The competition encourages people to create new, fun and unique artworks from digitized cultural heritage material," the Europeana Foundation, one of the participating digital libraries, said in a statement about the contest.
The animated competition is now in its fourth year, and while we wait for this year's champions to be announced, check out a few of the winning GIFs from last year:
Celebrate Every Sales Win: The Top 10 GIFs
Why It’s Important to Celebrate Every Sales Win
Celebrating a sales win is an important part of building team morale and motivation. Recognition for professional accomplishments shows employees that you both care about their work and appreciate their contributions. That sense of appreciation is critical to your sales team. A study from O.C. Tanner Company states that nearly 80% of people who quit their jobs ended up leaving because of lack of appreciation at work. “When people aren’t having fun, when they’re not recognized for outstanding performance, when no one says thanks, they do become disengaged and feel unimportant,” says Wells Fargo Chairman, Richard Kovacevich.
Organizational psychologist, Adam Grant, found that appreciative leaders motivate their employees to be 50% more productive. The study randomly divided two groups of employees tasked with making fundraising calls, a notoriously thankless job. The employees who were given appreciation for their efforts by their director made 50% more fundraising calls than those who didn’t receive the same recognition.
The good news is celebration and appreciation can be as simple as sending a well-timed hilarious GIF, which we have expertly curated for you. Favorite the page now, and grab the GIFs you need.
Here are Our Top 10 GIFs to Celebrate Every Sales Win
1. The Social-Distance High-Five
A classic celebration, without any contact. Fun fact, as much as we struggle to imagine our new lives without it, the high-five wasn’t popularized until the 80s!
2. The Victory Shimmy
Nothing says “NIIIIIICEEEEE!” like a knowing smile and some subtle shoulder movement.
3. For The Deal That Took Forever
This is perfect for the rep that really stuck with it. The extra demo right before signature. The late-breaking requirement. The change in staffing at the last minute. This rep has been waiting to drop this necklace in the ocean, and it’s finally happened!
4. The Group Hug
The team that works together, wins together. Follow this GIF with @ mentions to the entire deal team.
5. For The Unbelievable Sales Win
Once in a while, a sales win will defy expectations: it closes faster, it is for a higher value, or a deal you thought you lost comes back. Speechless.
6. For the Rep that Wins with Style
Yeah, a lot of factors probably slid in place, but that rep had the training, skill, and strength to get that win on the board. And they looked hella cool doing it.
7. For the Rep that Wins with…Less Style
Sometimes winning just requires you to put yourself out there and go through the motions. It doesn’t look cool, but it still takes a lot of effort!
8. The Self-Congratulation
Sometimes a win is so good that you need to celebrate yourself. It’s ok. Own the win and your hot-pink hot pants.
9. For the Deal No One Believed In
Did you know that optimistic salespeople outsell their pessimistic counterparts by up to forty percent? Sometimes that stubborn optimism can see a deal through to victory. Sometimes that stubbornness is a Dowager Countess who will not change with the times. Use this one judiciously.
10. The Back Flip
OMG OMG OMG. All your excitement and enthusiasm has to go somewhere. Follow this one with a ridiculous number of emojis AND a personal phone call.
BONUS: Our Favorite Sales Win GIF
This one is a Concert team fave, but, you should read the room on this one. It has mixed reviews. If you have reps who love Cuban musical heritage, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, or puns, this one is for them.
The Main Takeaway: Celebrate That Sales Win!
It’s unlikely that you can go out for drinks with the team any time soon, so you need to find more ways for a lighthearted, thoughtful celebration. These are our faves, but remember the GIF you choose doesn’t matter so much. The act of celebrating a sales win is important for the morale and motivation of your team, your company, and yourself.
Send a charming GIF to celebrate the next sales win!
Read up on our other tips to boost your team’s motivation to hit quota, like how meditation boosts sales performance.
Book a demo with us to get your teams real-time reporting in Slack! Your reps will know how they are doing, and how much they are making on each opp right alongside these celebratory GIFs in Slack.
Editor’s Picks: Animation
Award-Winning GIFs by Micaël Reynaud Warp Space and Time
Freelance designer and stop-motion animator Micaël Reynaud (previously) creates animated GIFs unlike any we’ve seen. His process involves the use of video techniques like slit-scanning, time-lapse, and various forms of masking to create what he refers to as “hypnotic very short films.” Indeed many of these animations are pulled from fully realized videos which you can watch over on his Vimeo channel. Reynaud’s work has not gone unnoticed in the art world, the pigeon GIF above was a finalist in the first Saatchi Gallery Motion Photography competition, and he recently won the 2014 Giphoscope International Art GIF contest. You can scroll through dozens of his creations over on Google+.
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The 18-Second Oscars? The Giphy Film Fest to Award $10,000 to Winning GIF Artisan
Giphy wants to elevate the humble GIF from meme-factory punchlines into… well, works of art.
The GIF search-engine startup has unveiled the Giphy Film Fest to celebrate “micro-film” creators, offering one grand-prize winner a $10,000 cash prize as well as a five-year website-hosting subscription from sponsor Squarespace.
Starting Wednesday (Aug. 15), Giphy is soliciting submissions for original GIFs of 18 seconds or less in five categories. Entries will be judged by a jury of creatives. Finalists will be screened at an invitation-only event Nov. 8 at New York City’s Metrograph theater, followed by the announcement of the grand-prize winner.
But can you really flesh out a narrative arc in a looping GIF that’s no more than 18 seconds?
“You can fully make a horror film or rom-com in 18 seconds,” said Tiffany Vazquez, Giphy’s content development manager for film. “At its core, the Giphy Film Fest is about pushing the boundaries of the GIF format to show that micro-entertainment and short-form content are just as compelling, entertaining and creative as any other visual medium.”
Besides whatever revenue it’s getting from Squarespace for the Giphy Film Fest, the company wants to promote the idea that GIFs are a medium for great storytelling (not just cheap laughs on Twitter). New York-based Giphy bills itself as a producer and distributor of “micro-entertainment content,” with more than 300 million daily active users.
The notion of GIFs as storytelling vehicles extends to Giphy’s advertising strategy, which it launched in earnest this June. The company’s in-house creative agency consults with brands to create GIF-based ads that are emotive and tell a story. Founded in 2013, Giphy has raised $151 million and until now has been in “pre-revenue” mode.
The company also is positioning the Giphy Film Fest as a way to recognize and support creators who lack the time or money to make longer-form projects. “So many filmmakers are out there who don’t have the resources to make a feature-length film, or even a short,” said Vazquez.
Entries for the Giphy Film Fest may be submitted via its website, giphyfilmfest.com, through Sept. 27. It’s open only to U.S. residents 18 and older, who are limited to three unique entries per category. The GIFs can be up to 18 seconds, either with or without sound. The five categories for the contest are: narrative; stop-motion; animated; experimental; and “wild card/other.”
The Giphy Film Fest’s panel of judges include: artist-filmmaker Mukunda Angulo; Alex Bodman, global creative director at Spotify; Brooke Keesling, director, communications and culture at the Animation Guild; Mona Panchal, VP of digital at Topic; comedian-actor-writer Joe Pera; Julia Rothman, co-founder of Women Who Draw; Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos chief curator of film at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
The total number of finalists in each category is TBD, depending on how innovative the submissions are. As for the somewhat arbitrary 18-second limit, Vazquez noted that not everything will be even that long (videos can be as short as a second) and said it’s a multiple of the 6-second format popularized by Vine, which Twitter shuttered two years ago. Indeed, GIFs have emerged as a successor to Vines; Giphy in 2016 launched a tool to convert Vine videos into GIF format.
All entries for the Giphy Film Fest will be judged during the first two weeks of October based on selected judges’ determination of creating the most compelling, entertaining, creative, and professional-grade content. The top-scoring entries from each category will be declared a contest finalist and the highest-ranked entry overall will be declared the contest winner.
The winning GIFer, by the way, will be informed of their win ahead of time but will be announced at the Nov. 8 event.
The Giphy Film Fest will accept entries that have been previously published in the last two years, as long as they’re entirely original work, including audio. The entries must be submitted in video-file format (H.264, Apple ProRes or DNxHD).
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