Thursday, November 29, 2012

N.E.mation! 7 Production Week 1

I’m one of the 5 N.E.mation! Ambassadors this year! (Check out the badge on the side) N.E.mation is an annual inter-school animation competition for students to express their thoughts on Total Defence.  These students may come from secondary schools, JCs and centralised institutes.

N.E.mation began in 2007 and they are into the 7th season now.  Although this competition may sound easy, but getting into the top 10 teams is really no mean feat!  Students have to go through not one, not two, but THREE rounds of judging before having the opportunity to produce their animation clips.

Every year, there will be a theme for the competition and “Together We Overcome” is N.E.mation! 7‘s selected theme. 2013 marks the 10th year anniversary of the SARS crisis we faced and this theme is to serve a reminder that Singaporeans are ready to face unpredictable crises and together as one we can overcome these obstacles. Okay lah, I actually thought that really is quite meaningful. :)   

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The top 10 teams are currently in the Production Phase of the competition.  They have started working on their animation clips at the Prodcution Site (NYP).

The winning team of N.E.mation!  gets to fully sponsored trip to visit a renowned overseas animation studio!!!!  They get to see how famous animated films like Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and Ice Age were made.  HOW AWESOME IS THAT.  Last year’s winner went to Sony Pictures in the USA.  *jeles*

Besides that, some animation clips were also nominated and awarded from other organizations.

As the ambassador of N.E.mation! 7, I will be following the progress of the competition and of my teams!  I am assigned to two teams and they are:

(Second from left onwards) Xiao Cong, Qian Joo, Zoe and Belinda (not in picture)

Madeforsam of Dunman High School


Top: Felicia (the gif maker!),  Janice (the hyper bunny)
Bottom: Sumithri, Sheryl 

Zenith from National Junior College

I went down to NYP last week and met them briefly.  I wanted to find out what they have been working on, the idea/story behind their animations and their choice of medium.

Prior to meeting them, I have read their online team blogs to try and find out more about them and I think Zenith really did a great job with that.

Zenith chose paper cutting and water color, whereas Madeforsam chose “jumping” clay, or hobby clay. 

Tents were a mess but hey, that’s the fun part of production! A neat workspace means never do work. Hehe.

I love Madeforsam’s choice of medium!! This type of clay wasn’t available in my “era” (GAWD I’M OLD).  I asked the girls what was so special about the material, and they had explained that it is lighter (feels like a softer version of foam board), more flexible (they could mould the characters to precision), and convenient (use dryer to harden the clay). 

I also saw what keyframes were. It’s a frame-by-frame depiction of the characters are going to move in the clip.

Zenith caught on time lapse video

Zenith is a very dynamic group of girls, and have been friends for a long time. They are a very close-knitted bunch, and is FULL OF ENERGY!  Two of the girls weren't present the first time round due to CCA commitments.

 The girls from Madeforsam may be a bit more reserved, but they work well as a team.  The girls respect each other's work space and help whenever needed.  Although they all come from different classes, they share the same passion for Art.  Two of them met in Art class, while the other two in Art Club.

Check out a time lapse video of madeforsam work in progress! Lots of work go into the making of the characters.

Part of the winners‘ fate lies in the hands of online voters so please vote for Madeforsam and Zenith!!!

So here are the instructions!  Please help me with a few clicks! 

2) Under "Top 10 Teams" tab, you will find each team has an individual "Like" button and their current number of votes. 

3) "Like" madeforsam and Zenith!!

If you're interested in stop motion and/or animation works, do check out more behind-the-scenes footage and progress of other teams as well.  :)

Tweet to #NE7, #NE7C10 (Zenith), #NE7C03 (madeforsam) ! 

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