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What would frighten me at night outside my window

As part of the DS106 online course on digital storytelling, I tackled my first visual assignment which was to “visualize what would be your greatest fear outside your window at night.”

For me, it’s not zombies or Vampires, but the awful sight of a neon sign flashing outside my window that would horrify me and keep me awake all night. And, on top of that, if the sign said “SALE” (since I’m so “anti-consummerism”) that would probably drive me insane.

I’ll always remember the scene in the movie Big where Tom Hanks enters an awfully small hotel room in a bad neighborhood of NY city. It’s tiny, dirty, there are gunshots outside and people screaming. I’m not sure if there was a neon sign or not, but I remember thinking the only thing that would make this room worst would be a neon sign outside the window.

So here’s my worst fear outside my window at night:


The photo is from the web (labelled for reuse with modification) and since I recently did some animated gif for Old Pond Comics, it wasn’t too hard to remember how to do it in Photoshop. Here’s a screenshot of the creation process:


I love animated gifs and hope to do more.