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N.E.mation! 11 Awards Ceremony – 19th February 2017

On 19th February 2017, the top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11 all came together again, for the announcement of the winner for N.E.mation! 11. They had worked really hard during the three weeks production phase from November to December. Watching their digital animation video clips that they produced, let’s congratulate all these young and talented students on job well done!

I was invited to the N.E.mation! 11 Awards Ceremony as their social media ambassador during this campaign. When I was inside the Ngee Ann Kongsi auditorium at National Gallery Singapore, I was probably just as anxious and excited, like the top 10 teams there. Watching their digital animation video clips, they all produced excellent quality digital animation video clips, giving judges and voters a good headache to have, in terms of casting for their favourite digital animation video clips.

The guest of honour was Dr Janil Puthucheary, Minister of State for Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education. He gave a very heart warming and encouraging speech to all the top 10 teams, with some great sharing of experiences on the importance of total defence, training and education. I am sure the students would take heed from Dr Janil Puthucheary wisdom and sharing in their future endeavours.

After the speech, the top 10 teams were individually introduced to the audience with their digital animation video being played on the main screen prior to their entry on the stage. Soon, the awards ceremony began and the winner of N.E.mation! 11 was Team MADEit!

I also want to say thank you and congrats to all the top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11, while there can only be one overall winner among the top 10 teams, in my heart, everyone of you is already a winner, not just in terms of producing digital animation video clips, the life lessons such as marketing, public relations, public speaking, determination, hard work, time management, project management, teamwork, friendship, bonding, all these life skills and experiences will come in very handy and useful, in your studies and career down the road.

To the five teams under my care, Team Doughnuts & Donuts, Team Finding Sanity, Team Geekstrux, Team MADEit and Team N.E. HEH HEH. I want to congratulate everyone of you on a job well done! It’s been a pleasure and honour meeting everyone of you during this N.E.mation! 11 journey.

Congrats to Team MADEit, yes, you have MADE IT, the overall winner of N.E.mation! 11 !! Good luck and all the best in your future endeavours!! Have a fun trip to U.S.A!!

With this note, I will also conclude and wrap up my N.Emation! 11 journey here!

N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic on 14th January 2017!

The N.E.mation! season 11 competition is entering into the final phase, starting with the Downtown Picnic on the 14th January 2017 at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One, from 1pm to 4pm.

This upcoming N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic would be my fourth time attending! I was there at N.E.mation! Downtown Picnic 8, 9 and 10, held at The Plaza, Ground Floor of The National Library at Bugis.

At the N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic, you can visit all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11, they would be showcasing their completed digital animation clips for the first time to the public! I had been documenting their Top 10 production process for a two weeks period during the three weeks production phase from 21st November to 9th December 2016. I am looking forward to view their completed digital animation clips on 14th January 2017!

The N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic also marks the start of the public voting phase, do share and spread the word with your family, relatives and friends! During the Downtown Picnic on 14th January 2017, check out all their videos, vote for your favourite video clips and share them with your family, relatives and friends!

There are many exciting activities and events taking place during N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic! Do share this event and invite them to come down!

Do visit these 5 teams that I have been covering and sharing during the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 production phase, say hi to them and have a chat with them!

See you folks on the 14th January 2017 at N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One from 1pm to 4pm!

* Event poster courtesy of Animagine Productions *

Animation techniques used in N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 Production Phase

The world of animation is huge, it can be fascinating as well as challenging for those who are not versed in the history, foundations and basis of animation, the techniques and evolution of animation techniques over time. The power of animation brings life into the still images that you see. The animation industry is a thriving and growing industry, from the simple flip books to the motion picture films.

Animation techniques can be generally divided into

  1. Traditional animation
  2. Stop motion animation
  3. Computer animation (Digital animation)

There are a number of different animation techniques being applied during the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 production phase. I would like to share some of the animation techniques that were used by the teams during this time for my readers and followers to have a better understanding and a short introduction to some of the animation techniques that were being applied.

Stop Motion Animation

In N.Emation! 11 Top 10 production phase, although there wasn’t a purely 100% stop motion animation technique being used to produce the video clip, some of the teams used a hybrid of animation techniques, combining stop motion animation technique with digital animation techniques to produce their final animation clip video. One of the teams was Team NE HEH HEH and I would share a bit more about their hybrid animation technique in a later paragraph below.

During N.E.mation! 6, I attended a stop motion workshop, learned about paper cut (Cutout animation) animation and produced a short stop motion video clip. The experience was invaluable for me as I started my involvement and support for N.E.mation! over the past 5 seasons.

Some of the stop motion techniques include clay animation a.k.a plasticine animation and object animation. The plasticine animation technique was used previously in some of the earlier seasons of N.E.mation! Keep a lookout for the object animation technique used by Team NE HEH HEH that I would be sharing about below.

Digital Animation (Computer Animation)

Digital animation, sometimes as known as computer animation, utilises modern technology and software on the computer to create digital animation clips. The students used photography editing software such as Adobe Photoshop to edit their images. For the segment on digital animation, there are a number of different software that can be used such as Adobe Animate, Adobe After Effects. The students spent quite a large amount of time on the computer screens, ensuring that their flow, timing and movements of their animation were correct.

Some of the digital animation clips are not just done on the computer, the students also had access to tablets whereby they need to do their editing of their images via Photoshop before they could be input into the animation software to produce their animation clip.

Hybrid Animation (Stop Motion Animation + Digital Animation)

One of the five teams under my care, Team NE HEH HEH, applied the hybrid animation technique to produce their animation video clip during the production phase. Their stop motion animation was object animation, with the plastic cups being the object and focus of attention. There was a fair bit of initial preparation for the plastic cups and the flow of their story boards. Once the plastic cups were all prepared, they would find themselves being placed inside the light box with a Canon DSLR camera mounted on a tripod to take the photographs.

Once all the necessary photographs were taken, they were combined together with the digital animation portion, to produce a hybrid animation video clip. How do you think this hybrid animation video clip by Team NE HEH HEH would turn out? Stay tuned, coming soon! The video clips by the Top 10 teams would be released in the month of January 2017, do keep a lookout for them!

The short introductory write ups of the animation techniques used in N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 Production would give a glimpse into what the students had been doing and using during their three weeks production phase. From my personal experiences following and supporting N.E.mation! over the past six seasons (including this season 11), the animation video clips produced by the students during N.E.mation! were impressive, pretty good quality and standards too! The students never fail to amaze me with their final animation video clips (from the past few seasons) when they are officially announced and launched to the public for viewing and voting.

While the Top 10 teams animation video clips are now currently going through post production process, I am excited and eagerly awaiting for the official announcement for the Top 10 animation video clips to the public for viewing and voting.

The N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 videos are coming soon in January 2017! Stay tuned and keep a lookout!