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Some people say, “Don’t sweat the little things.” You know: tiny details, small change, trivial notions. But for a lot of us, this is easier said than done. Sometimes the little things in life are worth extra attention and a closer look.
Take a look at these little words to get a better idea of what we’re talking about. Pick one and create an original GIF image that illustrates the definition of the word. Check out our examples of definition GIFs here.
GIFs are short, moving images that loop continuously, so think carefully about your visualization. Your GIF must present both the word and part of speech on screen, like this. Get creative with looping, time manipulation, stop-motion or any other interesting film device.
Choose one of these six words: trivial, minuscule, trifle, mere, pittance, minute
Before you start, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your GIF:
Thought starter: Do you sweat the details? Do you focus on even the most trivial things in your quest for perfection? Make a GIF of someone fussing over a trivial detail.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word trivial to describe something that isn’t very important. If you meet the president, the color of his necktie is trivial information.
Thought starter: Ever drop something so minuscule that it was nearly impossible to find? Make a GIF of someone searching for, and finding, a minuscule item in very a busy place.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word minuscule to describe something that is very small. A needle would appear minuscule when lost in a haystack.
Thought starter: Is a penny worth much to you? To most of us, this little copper disc is a trifle, not even worth picking up. Make a GIF about treating something like a trifle.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word trifle to refer to something that isn’t important or worthy of much attention. A plastic ring is a trifle when compared to a diamond ring.
Thought starter: Do the smallest things sometimes catch your attention? A mere smile from someone you like might make you blush. Make a GIF about someone’s strong reaction to a mere gesture.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word mere to describe the smallest instance of something. The mere smell of bacon might make your mouth water.
Thought starter: Ever worked hard for a pittance, or very little money? Make a GIF of someone who’s unexpectedly paid a pittance for a hard job.
Pro-tip: Writers sometimes use the word pittance to describe a small amount of money. A cheapskate might give her waitress a pittance for a tip.
Thought starter: Imagine a tiny, almost unnoticeable scratch on a beautiful car. This flaw is so minute that it has almost no impact on the car’s appearance. Make a GIF that focuses on a minute detail of something quite large.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word minute to describe something tiny, unimportant, and easy to ignore. A fly is minute when compared to a cow.
In your GIF image that is less than 2 MB, you must:
Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:
GIFs are evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:
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