GIF artist Bobby Finger adds a “personal touch” to presidential debates

ln between watching movies and writing scripts as a film major at the University of Texas at Austin, Bobby Finger created GIF animations.

Finger used his Dell laptop’s print screen feature to paste together frames from movies like Ghost World and then shrink them down to be used as an AOL Instant Messager avatar.

“They had to be some absurdly small size,” Finger told the Daily Dot. “It was tedious and annoying.”

Today, Finger has learned to embrace the tedium of GIF creation and has become one of Tumblr’s most beloved animators. On Wednesday night, he will join three other artists tasked by Tumblr to live-GIF the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Finger, 26, will work side-by-side with GIF masters Lacey “lulinternet” Micallef, Christopher “topherchris” Price, and the artist collective known as Mr. GIF in Tumblr’s Union Square headquarters in New York. The task is to capture the “best debate moments, from zingers to gaffes to awkward silences” in real-time, Tumblr Editor-in-Chief Chris Mohney wrote in an announcement.

Finger’s GIFs, however, will try focus on what’s not being said.