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Who made it?

It was the prize presentation for N.E.mation!11 yesterday and finally the conclusion to this round!

By the way that was the OneHeartBeat Percussions who warmed the audience up with their music and clapping participation.

Cause ya know, percussion, rhythms and one heart beat and all that.

It was fun clapping along.

A speech by the minister Dr Janil Puthucheary about total defense and then it’s time for a run for all the videos once more and come on, we all just wanted to know who WILL WIN.

It came up to Cedar vs Cedar… AND Team MADEit made it!!

And that’s it for this year. Loot and prizes for everyone! Who won!

And then it’s interviews and everyone congratulating the teams cause it’s really their day to finally relax without the suspense of knowing who would win.

Aaaand finally mingling time! Ok this is the best/worst time to try find the teams because everyone is congratulating them or just being interviewed by the news.

Anyway, to all the teams I wanna congratulate you guys for making top ten and enjoy all the loot you guys won.

 

It’s a circle? Walk and Eat

I walk a lot but in general, a random day out would happen vaguely like this. Mind you, it’s a lot of walking, eating and exploring.

I got to 76 Serangoon Road via the train and a bit of walking from Little India station to get to Komala Vilas!

It’s my favourite restaurant and heck, prime ministers have dined here too.

Here, I ordered pongal and teh tarik. If we’re doing the whole “food blogger” thing, the whole set cost me just $5.

If we’re not doing the whole “food blogger”… flogger? thing, AHHHHH pongal.

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Unchained in Changi!!

It was empty on the roads on evening of the 27th of January since a lot of people were at home or somewhere having their reunion dinners.

Meanwhile, I was watching a Singapore Pro Wrestling event: UNCHAINED IN CHANGI!!

Don’t be scared if you ever get an invite to go to one, the audience are civilized.

Noisy but civilized and it is just so much FUN.

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SDS 4.2 – Space Oddity

This cover of David Bowie’s Space Oddity seem fitting for this episode of Sarah Does Singapore. It’s from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Milty.

You should watch the movie if you haven’t, it’s about doing things.

To chase after what you want to do or to your goal.

Anyway, I went to the Art Science Museum with my friends and had a ridiculous amount of fun there.

Future World doesn’t have a deadline.

Journey to Infinity: Escher’s World of Wonder ends on 26 February 2017.

NASA – A Human Adventure ends on 19 March 2017.

Those were the exhibits I went.

I suggest you go in groups of at least 3 people because there are some exhibits where it’s best to have 2 people in a picture and the last can help take pics for you and you guys take turns.

Also, did you know the area around ASM is abundant with pokemon?

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Time to VOTE for N.E.mation!11

It’s time to vote for N.E.mation!11 You can vote 4 ways and for 3 teams each time. (Click to enlarge pic.)

Prizes for voters include iPad pros, Apple watches and McDonald’s vouchers!

Voting is from 14 January to 5 February 2017.

How to vote!

  1. Go to www.nemation.sg and vote on your computer
  2.  Using the MOBILE website on your PHONE go to www.nemation.sg . Yes! It counts if you vote on your phone instead.
  3. Vote using the Facebook app here: https://www.facebook.com/nemation or if you’re mobile https://fbvote.nemation.sg !!
  4. SMS!! Sms in the following formate: NE11 <space> WEB <space> C3, C6, C7 <space> NRIC <space> Full Name to 76677 . The C is the group name so you can find that on the website.

SUGGESTIONS OF WHO TO VOTE:

  1. C2 – The Singaporean Blood in Us by cedar3
  2. C3 – The Olympian by DinoSoar
  3. C4 – Snakes and Ladders by Doughtnuts & Donuts
  4. C6 – A Beautiful Song by Geekstrux
  5. C7 – TEARror by impossibro

OK THEY ARE MY TEAMS SO BIAS-LAH. Go have a look see of their productions on the voting websites!

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SDS 4.1 – Tubthumping

It’s a new season of Sarah Does Singapore! If you don’t know this series, it’s me going about Singapore and having adventures.

Well, it’s a new year and all, so it’s BACK! If you wonder what’s up with the titles for the posts in this series, it’s songs… for a Playlist. This song if you want to know for this episode.

AND I went to Grapple Max Dojo for a trial session! (You can check their facebook here too.)

This was @grapplemax! You get to learn pro wrestling techniques.

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They have single sessions where you can just pay for one session, a package deal (check their website to know more) and a package deal where if you have a buddy it’s cheaper.

Or if you check out their facebook, there might be special promos.

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How to NEmate… I Mean Animate?

Yes, that’s mystic messenger on the Christmas tree. Which has passed. Before the year is over, let me tell you about the animation techniques used in N.E.mation! 11.

Or at least the techniques used by my teams!

We all know it is a daunting task for all of them to finish a production in just three weeks but do you guys know why?

One second is usually 25 frames which means 25 ‘pictures’. Sometimes 24. But let’s just take 25 because that’s the standard video file frames.

So ONE minute is around… 1500 frames?!

How do they do it?

Well, for one, sometimes it takes 4 frames for one ‘picture’ so thank goodness for that because you can’t have the character moving around ALL the time, that will look weird. It’s all timing and calculation but ok, what DID my teams do?

This is a very interesting technique. I had not seen it in previous rounds of N.E.mation before.

It’s basically drawing the outline with WATER and THEN having red watercolour drip all over it. Something like batik but on paper and done on camera.

All these were just practice papers and takes a lot of accuracy to just get the tiny details.

This is legitly waterbending. Guiding the red watercolour to follow the transparent water colour and then capturing it on camera.

And remember… how many frames they need to finish a production.

This one is one of the ‘simplest’ techniques of animation when you’ve considered all the other stuff to go through.

Everything is fully done on the computer.

Drawing all assets like buildings, props and characters on individual layers and then making them ‘move’. This is 2d animating.

The only thing scary for this is if you don’t draw the things accurately and if your computer dies halfway.

If I was in a competition, I’d stick to this because it is the least scary although still intensive.

What if you aren’t making ‘new characters’ and are trying for something more realistic?

There’s ROTOSCOPING.

It’s 2d and in other words, it’s copying a video as a reference and drawing over it.

Sometimes rotoscoping has a more organic feel to it because the actions are ‘real’.

Tedious like heck though and you have to imagine parts and lighting for the parts that aren’t in the reference video.

Lastly, there’s stop motion.

One picture for a few frames and then you move something and record it and continue on.

Move something accidentally and you have to restart or scream if you have to redo a scene.

I find this nerve wrecking because it depends on constant light, positioning and hoping to heck that all your materials have at least a few copies in case you mess it up and have to redo.

The effect though is lovely JUST THAT SO MUCH TIMMEEEEEEE.

There you go.

This is what my teams had to go through, to make their productions which you shall all see next year! So, so much work.

Don’t forget to check out the teams in my previous posts!

Cine65 ! Home Truly!

It’s the fourth season of CiNE65 with the theme of Home ● Truly.

Yep, when you say the theme, you know how the song goes.

It’s a short film competition organized by Nexus, Ministry of Defence and this time, with this time they hope to inspire more Singaporeans to reflect on their hopes and dreams for the nation.

TL;DR : Join it, it has an open and student category, you’re able to win prizes like $3000, Panasonic 4k camcorder, learning trip etc. You like making videos? Just join it.

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Do prefer Doughnuts and Donuts?

When I visited Doughnuts & Donuts, the girls from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School (Chia Hui Xuan Michelle, Chong Wai Sheen, Raksha Saravanan and Nur Ilyzah Hazwani Binte Erffian), they were not eating donuts.

They were eating baumkuchen and were offering it to other people and groups too.

They like to put jokes on their instagram so you might want to follow to read them and make other people groan too.

Why are they chill?

IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE ON TIME!

Their 2d animation work has been quite on time since all of them have made the part for their scenes. But we’ll see how it all works together when we get to see their animation next month.

It’s about snake and ladders and how there’s ups and downs in life and to see how we all go through them together.

Also, their tent has a special bin made up of a large cracker packet??

That’s recycling indeed.

If you want to know about riddles and what they’re up to, read their blog here: https://blog.nemation.sg/author/doughnutsanddonuts/

raksha says theyre playing american football ft. square 92 and 69 of our board #ne11 #ne11c04 #doughnutsndonuts

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Or follow their instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/doughnutsndonuts/

For more jokes and riddles!

Soaring high like a DinoSoar

It’s the team from DinoSaur and they are promoting their team facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/dinosoar.krss.official/

Coming from Kent Ridge Secondary School, Putri, Jihan, Iqmal and Farihah are the only full Malay team in N.E.mation! 11.

The day I visited them in week two, they already had at least 13 crashes on their systems with their extensive work.

Not many of their friends know they made it into N.E.mation! 11 so please support them, th

They have a little kit of medicine since they had been having colds and aches.

So far from what I see, they’re ok lor in their timeline.

Their animation is fully 2d so crashes withstanding, they’re getting there with rotoscoping and then colouring.

How do they rotoscope?

They get a reference video of the actions they want in the animation, “trace” over it and then they have to colour and make their own backgrounds too.

And they are pretty cool on instagram. You can see they’ve made friends or played games with the other teams too.

Follow their instagram! They really need more followers, just help them with a click here: https://www.instagram.com/dinosoarzz/

Or read their blog when they’ve managed to get their posts through: https://blog.nemation.sg/author/dinosoarkrss/

 

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