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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!

Shoutout for N.E.mation! 11 – Final week to cast your votes!

The 11th edition digital animation competition is reaching its climax soon, the Top 10 digital animation videos were officially released on 14th January 2017 and this week would be the final week whereby the public can cast their votes for your favourite Top 10 teams digital animation videos!

N.E.mation! 11 has produced pretty outstanding digital animation video clips and all the Top 10 teams have excellent and solid content showcased in their digital animation video clips. This is going to be an exciting competition!

During this voting period, I had been following and observing my 5 teams under my care. The students were very active and enthusiastic, balancing their new school term studies with rallying and garnering votes for their digital animation video clip. They all deserve a big pat on their back for all the great work and effort that they put in during the production phase and voting phase.

I am also taking this chance to give the 5 teams under my care, helping them go give a shoutout in their final sprint to 5th February 2017, the last day of the voting period for N.E.mation! 11 digital animation competition! Their digital animation video clips are shown below, if you have not voted for your favourite Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11, take the time now to support and help my 5 teams below, cast your 3 favourite digital animation video clips –

Snakes and Ladders

C04 – Team Doughnuts & Donuts from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Building Our Nation

C05 – Team Finding Sanity from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

A Beautiful Song

C06 – Team Geekstrux from Crescent Girls’ School

Our SG Dollar

C08 – Team MADEit from Cedar Girls’ School

Just A Little Something

C09 – Team N.E. HEH HEH from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

There are 4 different methods of voting, check out the diagram below –

Picture courtesy of Animagine

Good luck to all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11!!

A special mention to my 5 teams under my care – Team Doughnuts & Donuts, Team Finding Sanity, Team Geekstrux, Team MADEit and Team N.E. HEH HEH!

To all my relatives, friends and readers, give them the care and support with your 3 votes across the 4 different voting methods!

N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic! Time to cast your votes!

The N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic took place on Saturday 14th January 2017 at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One, from 1pm to 4pm. This would be my fourth Downtown Picnic attendance and coverage, when it began during N.E.mation! 8 to 9 and then 10. The Downtown Picnic at The Cathay was fun, packed and well received by the teams, schools and their supporters.

I arrived a little bit earlier at the venue before the official start time of 1pm, went around chatting with the students from the five teams that I am ambassador for. Some were having lunch while some were still preparing with the final preparations for the start of the Downtown Picnic at 1pm. Prior to arriving at the N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic, I watched all the Top 10 teams digital animation video clips when they were officially released after 12midnight on 14th January 2017. All the Top 10 digital animation video clips were really good and equally strong in content, style and presentation. The journey to who might be the champion of N.E.mation! 11 is going to be very interesting and exciting with the start of the public voting at N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic.

The Downtown Picnic is also a platform and event ground for the Top 10 teams to showcase their digital animation works to their school, family, friends and supporters, as well as getting support from the public to vote for their digital animation video clip. All these experiences would definitely serve them well in the future, it might be a bit of a daunting experience for them to approach members of the public, sharing their video and asking them to vote. These experiences are priceless and invaluable, they would be able to help them build up their self confidence and public speaking, in school and later in adult life.

At the Downtown Picnic, there were many activities and performances, the Top 10 teams were also invited up on stage to share their digital animation video clip to the participants and visitors at the picnic ground. They also shared about how their video, theme and idea came about, and also their experiences during N.E.mation! 11 production phase. Going up to the stage in the public space, speaking, sharing and pitching for votes are commendable for the young students. The younger students would definitely learn from these experiences while you can spot and sense the maturity of the slightly older students who had prior N.E.mation! experiences in previous/earlier seasons.

Now, this is also the time that I am going to share on the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 digital animation video clips, watch all the Top 10 teams videos, give them the support and encouragement, cast your votes for your favourite digital animation video clips and you might stand to win attractive prizes too! Visit N.E.mation! website or YouTube channel to view the Top 10 videos by the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11!

Check out the picture below on the 4 different methods of voting!

Picture courtesy of Animagine

There are exciting prizes to be won too! Check it out below!

Picture courtesy of Animagine 

Now that you have voted for your favourite digital animation video clips, do a good deed, spread the word, pay it forward and pass it on, to your family, relatives, friends, colleagues etc etc. Share the wonderful digital animation works produced by these young school students!

In N.E.mation! 11, I am also the ambassador for the following five teams, let me give them a quick shoutout here with the link to their digital animation video –

Snakes and Ladders

C04 – Team Doughnuts & Donuts from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Building Our Nation

C05 – Team Finding Sanity from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

A Beautiful Song

C06 – Team Geekstrux from Crescent Girls’ School

Our SG Dollar

C08 – Team MADEit from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Just A Little Something

C09 – Team N.E. HEH HEH from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

Please do give my five teams listed above the extra support with your votes!

Last but not least, I would like to wish good luck and all the best to all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11 in the final leg of the digital animation competition!

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!

End of N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 Production Phase

The N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 production phase that took place over a period of three weeks was recently concluded on 9th December 2016. I was with them over a period of two weeks since I wasn’t able to visit the Top 10 production phase during the first week due to urgent family matters when I visited them on the 29th November, 2nd December and 6th December.

On my first visit to the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 production phase, I was introduced to the five teams there were under my care. The 5 teams were

On my first visit to the Top 10 production phase on 29th November, it was an ice breaker for me since this was my first visit to my five teams under my care. I had a chat with each team to know more about them, the theme and what would their animation clip was all about. I introduced each team in an individual article post, giving my readers a sneak peak of the animation clip that they were going to produce.

In my next two visits on 2nd December and 6th December, I continued to have a chat with them on their progress and how they have been doing. During those two days, it was a delicate balance chatting with them, learning about their progress, encouraging them as well as not imposing too much time on them or interference on their production phase. I observed the five teams under me were very hardworking, putting in lots of effort and time, in getting their animation clip completed.

On 6th December 2016, the Top 10 teams played host to different groups of visitors from partners, vendors, teachers and their families. I followed and tagged along when the guests visited each of the five teams that I am covering for, listening to the girls presenting and sharing their theme, production and a peak into their digital animation progress. These group of young secondary school students showed maturity and confidence when presenting to the adult visitors. Being the ambassador for the five teams, I am really happy and proud of what they have completed during the production phase time frame, the maturity, confidence, public speaking and presentation were highly commendable for these group of young secondary school students.

On my last visit to the Top 10 production phase on 6th December 2016, I was able to catch a glimpse of their digital animation clips from the five teams, they had pretty much wrapped up three weeks of intense digital animation production hard work, getting ready for post production to combine all their individual hard work together into their final digital animation video clip that would be announced and showcase in early January 2017.

I would like to congratulate all Top 10 teams on a job well done! Good luck and all the best in the next phase of the N.E.mation! 11 competition!

There was a wrap up party for the Top 10 teams to celebrate after an intense and hardworking three weeks of digital animation production. I joined them for a short time over dinner and watched their first few fun games from the sidelines. They deserved their fun and enjoyment after putting in so much effort and time during these three weeks of digital animation production work.

This is not the end of N.E.mation! 11 season, the Top 10 teams videos are now in the post production phase. Once the videos are ready for viewing, I would be sharing more news and information on their digital animation works, stay tuned and keep a lookout for my updates! That would also be a downtown picnic event whereby the Top 10 teams would be showcasing their videos, introducing themselves and rallying for the public support in January 2017! Do keep a lookout for my update, more information coming soon!

Introducing N.E.mation! 11 Team MADEit

Team MADEit is from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, they are one of the Top 10 teams competing in N.E.mation! 11. They are a team of enthusiastic and friendly girls. The team members are Angel, Nicolle, Wendalyna and Gwyneth. During my visit to their production booth, I had a fun time chatting with them, learning more about their story title, their storyboard, progress and updates.

Since this is an introduction article post on Team MADEit, I would be sharing a bit of an insight into what they are doing and what is their animation clip all about?

Team MADEit story is based on two of the five pillars of Total Defence – Economic Defence and Social Defence, showcasing Singapore’s history and changes through time from the early Singapore’s independence days to the modern Singapore today. What do you think the girls from Team MADEit is going to come up with for their themes? Remember to follow Team MADEit on the social media channels for their updates!

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I remembered Team MADEit during N.E.mation! 10, I met them again at the N.E.mation! 11 Top 40 pitch and now they are now in the Top 10, running for the final phase of the competition.

Do follow and support Team MADEit here on the various social media channels!

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/_madeit_/

N.E.mation! blog – https://blog.nemation.sg/author/madeit2k16/

N.E.mation! Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/nemation

Hashtag – #ne11c08

Stay tuned for more updates on Team MADEit progress!

Introducing N.E.mation! 11 Team N.E. HEH HEH

Team N.E. HEH HEH is from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, they are one of the Top 10 teams competing in N.E.mation! 11. They are a team of enthusiastic and friendly girls. The team members are Sarah, Wang Lei, Michelle and Karen. During my visit to their production booth, I had a fun time chatting with them, learning more about their story title, their storyboard, progress and updates.

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Since this is an introduction article post on Team N.E. HEH HEH, I would be sharing a bit of an insight into what they are doing and what is their animation clip all about? For this team, their animation is a bit special, a hybrid of both digital and stop motion animation!

Team N.E. HEH HEH story is based on gratitude – thanking people in the Singapore Armed Forces. They would be using plastic cups to showcase their stories and animation. What do you think the girls from Team N.E. HEH HEH is going to come up with for their themes? Remember to follow Team N.E. HEH HEH on the social media channels for their updates!

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They have a very interesting team name, put their team name together in one word – nehehheh, sounds like a evil laughter. Their team name is indeed very catchy, gets the attention of the public! Sarah and Wang Lei are two experienced participants of N.E.mation! and the experiences would definitely come in handy at the Top 10 competition stage.

Do follow and support Team N.E. HEH HEH here on the various social media channels!

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nehehheh/

N.E.mation! blog –    https://blog.nemation.sg/author/nehehheh/

N.E.mation! Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/nemation

Hashtag – #ne11c09

Stay tuned for more updates on Team N.E. HEH HEH progress!

Introducing N.E.mation! 11 Team Doughnuts and Donuts

Team Doughnuts and Donuts is from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, they are one of the Top 10 teams competing in N.E.mation! 11. They are a team of enthusiastic and friendly girls. The team members are Wai Sheen, Michelle, Raksha and Ilyzah. During my visit to their production booth, I had a fun time chatting with them, learning more about their story title, their storyboard, progress and updates.

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Since this is an introduction article post on Team Doughnuts and Donuts, I would be sharing a bit of an insight into what they are doing and what is their animation clip all about?

Team Doughnuts and Donuts story is based on a common board game (whereby you want to move up yet you can still fall and slide down the game) played by many people, that depicts the ups and downs of Singapore, and how the pillars of Singapore’s Total Defence comes together to combat the ups and downs in life, in the society. What do you think the girls from Team Doughnuts and Donuts is going to come up with for their themes? Remember to follow Team Doughnuts and Donuts on the social media channels for their updates!

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By the way, do you know how Team Doughnuts and Donuts got its name? It comes from their love of donuts.

Do follow and support Team Doughnuts and Donuts here on the various social media channels!

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/doughnutsndonuts/

N.E.mation! blog –  https://blog.nemation.sg/author/doughnutsanddonuts/

N.E.mation! Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/nemation

Hashtag – #ne11c04

Stay tuned for more updates on Team Doughnuts and Donuts progress!

 

Introducing N.E.mation! 11 Team Geekstrux

Team Geekstrux is from Crescent Girls’ School, they are one of the Top 10 teams competing in N.E.mation! 11. They were a bit shy when I first met them, nevertheless they are a team of enthusiastic and friendly girls. The team members are Wan Ting, Maelynn, Harinika and Chloe. During my visit to their production booth, I had a fun time chatting with them, learning more about their story title, their storyboard, progress and updates.

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Since this is an introduction article post on Team Geekstrux, I would be sharing a bit of an insight into what they are doing and what is their animation clip all about?

Team Geekstrux story is about the haze situation in Singapore a few years back, how the five pillars of Singapore’s Total Defence comes together with a song to combat the haze situation. What do you think the girls from Team Geekstrux is going to come up with for their themes? Remember to follow Team Geekstrux on the social media channels for their updates!

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By the way, do you know how Team Geekstrux got its name? It comes from two words, Geeks and Trux (truck). The 4 girls from Crescent Girls’ School are the geeks (because they are all wearing glasses) and they are riding on the truck (trux) towards victory.

Do follow and support Team Geekstrux here on the various social media channels!

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/geekstrux/

N.E.mation! blog –  https://blog.nemation.sg/author/geekstrux/

N.E.mation! Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/nemation

Hashtag – #ne11c06

Stay tuned for more updates on Team Geekstrux progress!