How WILL the actual Malay version of Love is an Open Door sound like? We will be in hysterics if it actually sounds anything like our dub. For that ‘sandwich’ part in the original song we changed ours to “We finish each others’ sandwiches” to “We finish each others’ chicken” because ayam sounds closest to ayat.
Oh and I’m going to the Commando Challenge this SUNDAY! You guys can be spectators if you want. My slot is at 1pm and I’ll be going with Tash.
Now, I do training twice a week but I don’t post myself since my phone is not optimized for selfies and we work out, outdoors. Hence, there are no mirrors and the closest selfie of me working out you can get is a picture of me taking my legs there.
Momento Mori actually was the first team to finish their production this year! They actually finished it on Wednesday of the third week and spent the rest of their time doing their own things.
Also, they were trying to be discreet so that they wouldn’t bug the other teams who were stressing out.
Heh, here they are showing their piece to their seniors who decided to visit them on the wrap party day!
Like my other team (The 4 of Us II), I didn’t want to watch their production since I wanted to be SURPRISED when I get to watch it with everyone else when it is uploaded.
They really work hard and play EVEN HARDER.
Also, they were one of the most memorable teams in there too. Someone asked why did they have nail polish on and they answered, “Because… our instructor is a bimbo” and everyone burst out laughing.
No, (disclaimer alert) she is not a bimbo but she helped paint their nails since they had time for it like a group bonding thing!
After the pulling of poppers, it was yam seng! Everyone got a cup of sparkly grape juice and started yam seng-ing.
And once it was all done and everyone cheered, it was time to eat!
I was wondering what the heck were they doing… THEY WERE COMPILING THE CONFETTI ON THE GROUND and then they threw them at meeeee.
It was like a snowball fight but with confetti instead.
After the floor games outside we all were ushered inside the tents where the filming of other teams’ production were at. Only this time, the set ups were removed and instead it was a giant projection of Dance Central on the screen.
Here’s the first two dancers for the game. It was a match between all the different teams there. Besides Dance Central, eventually there was also Rock Band.
All for fun of course.
Have a bunch of Momento Mori-s jumping in the dark!
They need as much support they can get. Look, look how many people liked their page so please get your friends and others to like them too.
One day more~~~ That was pasted on the doors on Friday! It was wrap party day.
Wait. What. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
The 4 of Us II were busily finishing up their files! Just the small parts to export and then save their back ups.
Slowly but surely the files are getting into the main hard disk where all the backups are in. LAST DAY TO FINISH UP EVERYTHING, AHHH. I left the girls to do their things without me bugging them there and returned only shortly after before the wrap party would begin.
Yay! They could pretty much see how their whole video would look like.
I didn’t want to watch the full one because I didn’t want to be spoilered on how it’d be even if I knew the story.
I’ll watch the full version same as everyone when it gets online.
Finally, everyone had to save and leave their tents and get to the briefing area where the wrap party would start. Yes, there are lots of balloons there. They shared us about their experience and about the software and they did actually talk about their chrysanthemums.
After all the teams shared their experiences, it’s time to party! They were all given poppers to use.
And then games were to be had. This is Mr Joshua hosting the game called “Hello Henry, Yes Henry, Tell Henry”.
It’s a really fun party game and it can get confusing. If you say the wrong thing, you get a dot of toothpaste on your nose.
They’re in the studios at the day of this post! The 4 of Us II just has to export their Total Defence logo with their team name on it and also help clean up their tent.
Today is the day when all the equipment will be packed away so let’s cheer on The 4 of Us II to finish up all the files so they can finally rest at home.
I have one more movie pass left that expires in March so that leaves me with one more movie to wait and save it for. I’ve used the other two on Hunger Games: Catching Fire (YES IT IS GOOD) and now Frozen.
Feel free to give me movie passes if you want or invite me to movie premieres since I can’t afford all of them but what I can afford are words. AND AFTER WATCHING TWO TEMPERATURE EXTREMES (Catching Fire and heh, Frozen), both give different feels but… NOT TOO DIFFERENT?
Well, there’s less killing in Frozen since it’s an animated Disney movie, duh.
I was a bit meh meh about Frozen because of the whole “femme faces are sooo hard to animate” etc etc debacle but ok, besides that I will tell you, this story is NOT Snow Queen at all.
The plot is basically, pretend that I am the princess with the snow powers with a sister. What would I do? Heck yes, I would do all that and sing while at it. Because I can be an idiot too about it.
GUYS. THE TRAILER IS SO STUPID. IT LIES.
IT IS ACTUALLY A REALLY AWESOME MOVIE.
One I would not recommend watching in 3d because it’s so hard when your tears start to pond in the glasses. Yeah, that’s for the beginning of the movie. And maybe the end too. And perhaps the middle…
I think I’m not going to watch 3d movies until they start making drainage systems in 3d glasses.
I watched it in 2d so it was all cool.
SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW! YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS, GO READ SOME MOVIE CRITIQUE MAG/SITE.
We went to Laser Ops on Saturday for my Sarah’s Shoot Somebody Saturday.
Yes, I like alliteration.
It’s near Dhoby Ghaut Exchange, below the 7-11, near where the arcade used to be. You can just drop at Dhoby Ghaut mrt station and it is THERE.
If you want to check out their facebook, it’s here too.
Their natural state. Well, technically when I caught them like this was when they had finished the day’s work!
Here’s Momento Mori cheering you on with water.
Drink water, it’s good for you.
Anyway, somehow they were called on by the filming team by MOE? For some educational thing who visited N.E.mation to go around to the other groups and give shout outs to them.
Yes, it’s pretty much them going to each group and cheering them on.
It’s really random but it’s nice?
Finally they have learned that even by being ‘extras’ for a video, it takes a lot of time too.
Anyway they were happy to get back into their tent to do their own work!
The girl in the hoodie is not another student, that is their instructor. She was looking through the day’s work and giving comments on what was needed to be refined.
I gasped as she scrutinized TINY RAIN DROPS that bounced off an umbrella and circled them and gave suggestions to make it look more organic.
This is not their production but hey while they had the opportunity to use wacoms and just a bit of time, they’re just trying out the software on their own!
It’s no often you get to use these items anyway.
And then they showed me their extent of their art skills which in THEIR opinion was not much.
In my opinion, it was quite a bit!
Even if their art skills were ‘not much’ they really are being stubborn and getting their animation done! So see, if you’re ever afraid in entering the competition because you can’t ‘draw’, don’t worry, the instructors are there to help you out.
While they won’t MAKE everything for you, they will be able to teach you enough and guide you to get your productions done.
Momento Mori is definitely giving their all to do this.
Did you know their story’s voice over is actually Chua Enlai?
They were terribly excited when they listened to the voice over he did for their production.
Momento Mori didn’t get to meet him but they do get to listen to him over and over to get the timing right in their animation.
The girls hoped he’ll also support them by liking their team over at N.E.mation, hahaha.
And now, I leave you with Substicky Laufeyson (it’s the pokemon Substitute) with all their other toys kneeling to him.
I visited The 4 of Us II on Tuesday, their second week. How did they fare?
I wanted to know how they were besides all the animating. Or at least with all the animating, how ARE they?
Apparently from the last I met them on the Friday before and in that short span of a day, everyone has gotten hyper and all “AUUGH” already.
They’ve been ‘over timing’ and will do so until the next week before one of their team members have gone off holiday with their parents. (See! Told you this was happening with a lot of groups.)
Even their instructor told them to take a walk on Monday when they’ve gotten really silly and doing weird things.
But hey, look. They’re indeed having good progress on their production anyway.
Perseverance, girls. You all can do it!
Yes, that is a lot of Cookie Monster stuff.
Naturally, they had to take a break too. If you don’t know the process, they come in around 8am and then continue working on, besides for lunch and dinner.
Oh and also for the ‘nightly’ briefing by the instructors. The briefing consists of any announcements to be made and about if their progress is ok and if the systems they are working on are doing well and that back ups have been done properly.
This is usually followed by dinner that the groups go down to get some food to buy at Koufu. Not to worry though if you ever want to join this competition, they got food coupons to spend on so that their food is already paid for!
They just need to ‘buy’ and eat.
It was during their dinner they told me what shenanigans have already been done in this second week. For one thing, after working so much, they’ve started to do shadow puppets against their tents.
And that they got so hyper that they started to stuff as many London choco rolls into their hoodies and run back into the tents.
The current maximum number of London Choco Rolls that can be stuffed into a hoodie is 8, by the way.
Have you ever… heard the London Choco Roll song?
Just… Just sing that to your friends when you are bored.
Also, this is probably why their instructor told them to take a break and have a walk outside instead of continuing animating.
THE PRESSURE IS ON FOR ALL TEAAAAMS TO COMPLETE!
Anyway, we also found out that the top 10 teams… Well, those who aren’t the top 3 (I think) will get Nintendo 3ds!
Guess who said that she will sell/donate her 3ds to someone if she gets it since she doesn’t play the games. And then guess who is appalled with the suggestion.
I think they’re doing OK. They’re still cheery and they’re still being ever so hardworking. Work on girls!
It’s just one more week to go and you’ll be done!
“I like your shoelaces,” I said cautiously.
“I STOLE THEM FROM THE PRESIDENT!!” they screamed excitedly.
Apparently it was actually a typo of memento mori but it still kept the meaning pretty cool
(moment of death).
These girls from CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls’ School are really from tumblr.
Each one has their own fandom and they know if one is not working when their tumblr dashboard is refreshing with their own fandoms. This sentence totally does not make unless you are from tumblr too.
Hui Fen, Clara, Phoebe and Janelle are here holding up their carrot neck pillow called glorious purpose because… it looks like Loki’s horns.
It actually really does when you put it on your head.
BUT LET US GET to know more about what their production is! Their storyboard looks quite colourful, isn’t it?
Well, it’s all 2d and it will be typographically cute with vectory animations going here and there.
Think in the style of My Little Pony or Powerpuff Girls. That kind of vector graphics but with funky text fonts.
They’re charging on all the way in week 1 because one of their members have to go by week 2, for a holiday. In fact I think this problem is amongst the other teams too!
You can’t say no to parents after all when it’s for a holiday.
But you can make up the work while you’re there.
Now, what IS their story about? Well, what I can say is that it has a lot of puns.
MORE THAN A PUNNET LOAD OF PUNS.
Puns enough to make me laugh hysterically and shove them in people’s faces to vote for the animation when it is completed.
That amount of puns.
When you do get to see their video after everything, if you watch it carefully, you might notice one of the three soldiers is different! He’s the one with the pudgy stomach.
So far, these girls are one of the most excitable in the N.E.mation studio (it’s really just large tents in the NYP lounge room) and you can hear them once you enter the room.
They’ve made themselves home by having a boxful of food.
They would like to ALSO have a small shout out to team Dairy Products for giving them some food.
So team Dairy Products, thanks for the food.
This is just the first week but from what I’ve seen of their work, they’ve pretty much have done a lot already.
Nothing to near completion of course but if they do keep up at this pace and if nothing dies or if no files get corrupted, wow.
They’d be done with some time to spare for double checking?
If they don’t get distracted by Tumblr, of course.
And here’s a few words from them:
Yessssssss. Can you believe that during their final pitch, they used this AWESOME line that they’ll get there “pun way or another” and it was met with “…” by the judges?
LIKE HOW I DON’T KNOW. But they got in and YOU can support their punny ways by liking their page here.
Or you can go to the N.E.mation Facebook page, click the top 10 team app and then find their name there! Do iiiiit. They need the support to win once their productions are up too!
Oh and this is set up by them if you want to follow too:
One of the coordinators for N.E.mation, Sara from Animagine brought me over to The 4 of Us II‘s tents to introduce me to Sarah to tell them I was their ambassador, Sarah.
Sara, Sarah, Sarah.
Lots of Sarahs.
IN ANY CASE, once we got over that, the team said hello to me and they’re from Tanglin Secondary School! Wooh.
I said, “So, they are The 4 of Us…”
“Two!” added Sara of Animagine.
You must remember the two because this is their second try into the competition but they hadn’t got into it that far until THIS YEAR. Hurray for them!
OH WAIT. If you haven’t read my blog before, here’s tl:dr version of N.E.mation.
N.E.mation is a yearly competition where students get to animate their stories according to the theme of the year and get to win a trip to the USA to the various animation studios!
In other words, you have the top 10 teams trying to finish their animated shorts within 3 weeks.
This is their storyboard and well, I won’t show EVERYTHING because it’ll be funner for you guys to watch the final product then.
The girls, Jia Yi, Sarah, Sri Safwanah and Xena, showed me that their story will be real life interviews but with mixed media!
So expect swooshy things going about the videos like graphics. It’ll be cool, like those funky MTV things you see in the latest trend.
All of them are true stories by the way. If you don’t know the theme of this year’s competition it is “Because You Played A Part”.
This chrysanthemum took at least 3 days to complete. Well, there were a few sets of chrysanthemums but the final bit for that flower, you will notice that it is animated REALLY smoothly.
And yet, they’re going to be super tiny in the actual production.
So when you get to see the final video, note that even a tiny flower takes a heck load of time to create and they painstakingly took a lot of effort for it.
For the first week, they are pretty much on time and are ‘okay’. We’ll see how they are in the second week though…
And a word from them!
Yes, I totally asked them to say the last line.
PLEASE click “LIKE” at their page here, it’s the small button below their picture. It’ll help a lot since they need the support of others to like their page to win too!
On this page, you can also check out their instagram and twitter!
Or you can go to the N.E.mation Facebook page, click the top 10 team app and then find their name there!
This is going to be a post with a lot of adventure and announcements, you guys.
You guys need to know for the next three weeks I’ll be blogging about N.E.mation 8! And wow, ok just imagine the next few lines as said by Tyra Banks or something:
IN CYCLE 8, THE RULES HAVE CHANGED (for the ambassador) AND I WILL PRESENT TO YOU… TWO TEAMS!
These two teams will be the choice of Seriously Sarah and you are invited, no, ENCOURAGED to support them!
I will inform you how to like their pages and whatnot as I BRING TO YOU behind the scenes of these two teams. And you will like their two teams for reasonssss, yes.
Reasons which I will tell you tomorrow!
And now, to our IKEA adventure.
This is a Flygdrake. It’s Swedish for flying dragon.