Has the Gang Gone too Far?

It’s always sunny in philadelphia, except when it rains. The assignment that I have chosen is to create a scene poster from a movie or TV show.  Not much else detail was given for directions other than be creative which is a given.  With so many options, so many good TV shows and movies out there deciding on what scene to choose is very difficult.  However, after long hours of deep thought I finally have a scene that captures the emotion, the peril, and growth or even sometimes the downfall of the characters.

This is the is the finished scene poster.

Simple? Yes. The ideas it represents however are complex as it showcases more than just the current struggle to win a simple skiing competition. For some background, the show is “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Season 11 Episode 3.  In this episode the main character Dee, Mac, Dennis, Charlie and Frank head to the slopes for the weekend to go skiing.  The gang splits and it becomes a battle for the slopes with Mac, Dee, and Charlie for the right to party and Dennis and Frank for ownership of the mountain as Frank recently purchased it.

The Scene Poster

In the poster is a screen cap of the final race between Dennis, fighting for the mountain ownership, against Charlie, fighting for the people and their right to party on the mountain.  Dennis prepared for a no holds barred, adrenaline packed deathmatch and as seen in the image was prepared for an olympic race.  However, Charlie was a novice on the slopes and looked like the people he represented on the bunny hill. Dennis is seen crawling towards the blue finish line after crashing and breaking his ankles. Charlie, more sensible and destined to finish the race is closing the gap quickly on Dennis. This is a homage to the classic tortoise and hare fable as Dennis, drained of his energy and broken attempts to even finish while Charlie is getting there no matter what.

Story Behind the Story

In the beginning of the show Dennis used to be the voice of reason while Charlie came up with wild ideas and did really weird things such as eating paint.  As the seasons drew on, their roles began to reverse. We started to see the real Dennis, someone who wasn’t the always likeable, attractive, wealthy, successful, and smart person that was painted in the beginning. What we have now chiseled from his childhood and problems is someone who is extremely narcissistic, selfish,  a predator, insecure with his sexuality, and has a need of finding acceptance in others.  Charlie has always been considered a wildcard, and by far the dumbest of the group.  In most recent seasons, he has been able to have sudden moments of clarity and solve difficult problems almost single handedly.

Dennis crawling to the finish being chased down by Charlie is a representation of his culminating issues catching up to him. He is within inches of sanity but could very much slip out of it and lose it all. Charlie is very much still in this race. With him starting out in the very back signifies how Dennis pushes his problems deep and far away with them to come very close in overwhelming him. Does Charlie win the race and Dennis’ issue take over? I guess you just need to watch the episode for yourself.

Process

Using a mac I didn’t have access to Microsoft Paint or Photoshop and had to step out of my comfort zone. I had heard of GIMP mentioned before online but I never had a reason to download it but now I did. GIMP is a free cross platform image manipulation software that is also open source. This seemed like a great tool to being using for a task like this. I will admit, using it is quite a learning curve and I had to Google simple things such as how to insert text boxes but it was not too bad. I could definitely see myself using GIMP more often as I get more comfortable with its tools and learn its features.

 

2 Replies to “Has the Gang Gone too Far?”

  1. Great write-up! And good work on trying to figure out the GIMP. It is a powerful tool, but it takes some work to learn. Jumping in and playing with it is the best way.

  2. I love the show, so I decided to check out your post. Great job, and I liked your descriptions of the episode, too. I really appreciated the fact that you found GIMP because I’d never heard of it, and I am definitely going to use it on future assignments since I use a MacBook as well.

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