Saturday, November 20, 2010

N.E.Mation! 5: It's not just a worm issue.

I was pleasantly invited by 24seven Communications to attend a Stop-Motion Animation workshop held in NYP for Bloggers last Friday.

To attend the SAT workshop on a FRI is pretty ironic I'll say, but I did it!

The S.A.T. Workshop provides a basic introduction of the art of animation through hands-on exercises. Great for animation first-timers- a Dummy Guide for Animation.

There's a saying, "When your stomach is hungry for food, your brain will not be hungry for knowledge ". Acutally it's Mint's saying. But I guess the organisers thought of that too. Buffet dinner was served before the actual commencement of the workshop!

Some of us actually helped ourselves up to 4 servings! That's how yummy the food was!

At first I thought I was going to be 'stuck' at the workshop for 3 whole hours with Yongwei- my nightmare. I was so relieved when I saw great company!

From top left: Sidney Ruben, Trixy, Priscillia and Christine!

That's Yongwei, who couldn't help but laid his hands on EVERYTHING he saw, even before the workshop began. Like a mother, as usual, I have to nag him to stop. But as usual, he is that problematic kid all mothers will gossip about on void decks curious-learning boy who initates to maximise his learning before others.

Joshua and his instructors from Animagine were there to share with us what Animation is all about. Their passion and love for Animation have helped to nurture many artists and storytellers to tell their stories through animation.

N.E.mation! 5 - Bloggers Animation Workshop

The ultimate task:
To create a worm character and present a story via a stop-motion video at the end of the session.

Of course, the materials and software used were well-prepared of. We were given plasticines and moulding tools to work on. On top of that, Joshua gave us a short 10minute guide on how to make a worm.

Everyone got to work in no time at all!

N.E.mation! 5 - Bloggers Animation Workshop

N.E.mation! 5 - Bloggers Animation Workshop

I teamed up with Trixy, and we started working on our worm. For the first time, I did NOT freak out when touching a worm. In fact, no other girls did there. For the first time, I actually think that worms can be so adorable!

N.E.mation! 5 - Bloggers Animation Workshop

N.E.mation! 5 - Bloggers Animation Workshop

They said, pets usually look like their owner.
Don't you think so?!
Both Trixy and the worm had a ribbon on their heads.

N.E.mation! 5 - Bloggers Animation Workshop

Our worm has got sore eyes. Guess what's our storyline?

This is my favourite clip done by Ruben and Mus.
Their video is about a caterpillar which evolves into a beautiful butterfly!

How did they manage to make such a beautiful butterfly in such a short time?

N.E.mation! 5 - Bloggers Animation Workshop

Check out the brows of Christine's worm! So cheeky!

N.E.mation! 5 - Bloggers Animation Workshop
We were also a goodie bag full of goodies. And here are some of my favourites:

Do you know that Animation plays an essential part in Singapore?

With only 300 students in the first season, N.E. Mation! has grown to attract over 2000 participants this season- N.E. Mation!5. Since its inception, over 5,200 students from 148 different schools have submitted their stories to N.E. Mation!.

Several of the 45 clips produced so far have won local and overseas accolades over the years, such as the Mediacorp Viewers Choice and the Annecy Awards(it's like Singapore Stars Awards in the Animation world).

This is my favourite clip, 'Mingle with Lingo' by Cresent Girls' School which was awarded the "Prizes for Effort" in the DigiCon Award 2009. The team had used magazine cut-outs in order to produce this wonderful clip.

The theme of N.E.Mation!5: Singapore is our home.

The concept of home can mean different things to different people. It can mean a roof over our heads to just a place in our heart when we feel displaced and lost. What does 'home' means to this year's contestants?

This year, out of 100 shortlisted clips from hundreds of submitted stories, the top 10 clips were chosen and will be judged by a panel of judges(50%) and open for public voting(50%).

To the public: You can vote for THREE of your favourite clips in January 2011.

The Champion Team announced will be able to FLY TO USA for their award!
Dreamworks here they come!

When talking about Total Defence, what does it means to you:
Military Defence, Civil Defence, Economic Defence, Social Defence and Psychological Defence. When Singaporeans take personal responsibilities and partipate in protecting the Singapore way of life, they are playing their part to help keep Singapore Secure.

I remembered once when I was in Secondary School, My girl guides and I had written a cheer using the 'Mickey Cheer'(super trendy then) and we had participated in the Total Defence Cheer Contesst. It goes something like, "Total Defence you're so fine. You're so fine you blow my mind. Hey Total. Hey Defence..." Add the poms-poms and the cheer steps and our team got into the finals that year!

Will dig out the photographs! =p

By word of mouth, you can help spread your knowledge of National Education to people and friends around you!

So where and how to know more about N.E.Mation!5 ?

N.E.mation! 5 - Bloggers Animation Workshop

Become a Fan of N.E.Mation!5 on facebook like me!
Click here to 'like' the page.


N.E.mation! 5 - Bloggers Animation Workshop

I got hooked on the Animation Making and I was overjoyed the organisers gave us a copy of the original animaker software so that I can continue to play with it at home!

Mint Hearts Her Life and everyone around her!
And my worm of course.

Thank you 24Seven Communicatons.
Thank You NEXUS.
Thank You Animagine.


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