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Stop Motion Workshop @ N.E.mation! 6

Animation – when this word comes into your mind, is it something that is very difficult to do, start and even complete in the first place? Which type of animation comes to your mind ? Walt Disney cartoons ? These were the thoughts that came to into my mind when I heard about the Stop Motion Workshop at N.E.mation! 6 at the invitation from the friendly folks at Dice Studio!

Taking you back into a bit of a short history and timeline, N.E.mation! 6 is currently in her 6th year/edition, starting off as a competition for youths to express their notions on Total Defence through animation, there were 5 Total Defence animation clips featured in the National Day Rally in 2006. This was the start, growth and expansion of the N.E.mation!, the growth is phenomenal!

Recalling N.E.mation! 5 animation clips produced by the students then, they were superb, very touching and heart warming, striking a chord in many of us here. Looking at their animation clips, I was wondering if somebody like me, without any prior animation making experience, how to go about doing one animation clip? At the Stop Motion Workshop, I was given a hands on lesson to produce my first Stop Motion Animation clip with fellow blogger Esther, taught by the friendly folks of Animagine, using simple art and craft tools, different coloured paper, scissors, marker and pencil, tripod, small webcam and the Animake software! We were given a history of animation before going hands on to follow the instructions and cut the paper sizes out into different shapes and designs for our animation production!

The whole process was very fun and it’s my maiden animation making experience, I have learned something new! The Stop Motion Workshop gave me an insight into the tremendous effort and time spent by the students of the N.E.mation! competition when they were producing their marvelous animation clips. Kudos to the students competing in N.E.mation! and I wish them all the best of luck for N.E.mation! 6

Do drop by N.E.mation! website, take a look at past years N.E.mation! animation clips, support them ! Here are some photos of us taken at the Stop Motion Workshop on Flickr taken by Dice Studio!

Here are some N.E.mation! related sites that you might find useful:

• http://nemation.sg
• http://facebook.com/nemation
• http://youtube.com/nemators

Stay connected with them, via the social media channels and networks, support them, follow them in their journey! N.E.mation! 6 theme is NS : From Fathers to Sons , something that many of us, especially the guys can relate to !

 

Volunteering & Blogging @ TweetMeetSG 2011

Volunteering and helping out at non-profit organisations and charitites, I had done it for quite a number of years since my scouting days with Dragon Scout Group. Therefore, when I was invited by Claudia & Kris of Dice Studio and Infocomm Accessibility Centre (IAC) to be part of their TweetMeetSG event, helping out as a volunteer and social media enthusiast/blogger concurrently, I took it up without hesitation, glad to help out in whatever way possible, paying it forward to the community and helping people.

I was paired up with my great blogger friend, the legendary Keropokman, to visit a friend somewhere in Singapore, armed with a donated NetBook and Microsoft Software. We headed towards our friend’s home somewhere in Singapore on a Saturday morning, helping him to setup his NetBook, guiding him along to connect himself with/to the world of internet and social media, with Windows Live, Facebook and Skype. After a hearty breakfast in a neighbourhood hawker centre, Keropokman and myself were ready to move out for our volunteering expedition!

We were welcomed by our friendly and heartwarming friend, whom we slowly break the ice, interacted and chatted away. Keropokman and myself took turns to do the setup, guiding him through the various social media channels, what to do and how to move around them, points and tips to look out for. Our friend was happily taking the whole setup through and we did not rush him, taking it slowly and patiently, one small step at a time. During this sharing session, while one of us was helping and guiding our friend through the setup, the other teammate would be doing live social media updates via Instagram and Twitter, bringing live updates to the Nothing Less movement and broadcasting the TweetMeetSG movement, sharing with the social media community what this noble and wonderful event was all about.

Once the Facebook and Skype were setup, our friend tried conversing, interacting and chatting with friends from the social media community and our friendly folks from the IAC was there to chat with him too! Looking at his happy face, full of smile, happy to receive this small wonderful gift from IAC. We were very happy that we were able to make a difference to his life, helping him breach the gap between the social media/internet and himself, connecting him together and also his family, relatives and friends too!

What’s the TweetMeetSG all about? What’s Nothing Less all about? Check out my deep inner thoughts on NOTHING LESS to Help Them Reach Their Full Potential!