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?


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.

Continue reading Cine65 ! Home Truly!

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?


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:

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:

For more jokes and riddles!

Soaring high like a DinoSoar

It’s the team from DinoSaur and they are promoting their team facebook here:

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:

Or read their blog when they’ve managed to get their posts through:


Nothing is Impossibro!

The Impossibro or impossibros are from CHIJ ST Nicholas Girls’ School consisting of Jolene, Pearlyn, Renee and Megan.

They’re also possibly memelords.


Nonetheless, they are ok to me too.

Finger guns

And while they like to fingergun at stuff and say their tagline “NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBRO”, production has been quite tiring for them!

Pages to rip

Their animation is a mixed media of 2d and stop motion.

Most of the bits are stop motion in which they had to redo some parts because half way the light changed or that their paper moved position.

What are they doing?

They’re doing scenes where they ‘tear off’ the first layer to reveal the bottom layer and stuff happens.

BUT the challenge they face is when the camera somehow moves position(?!) or when the light suddenly dims or brightens… At times.

They’re still going to work hard but they’ve made friends with their neighbours too in the bits of time when they have breaks.

I think you’ll think “What the heeck” once you see their final product since this one takes a lot of accuracy work to try to make it look smooth.

Remember, stop motion is when they have to do it frame by frame manually.

Follow their instagram:

Also read their blog for more behind the scenes here:

They do have a twitter here too since they’re learning social media:

What tree? Cedar3 !


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The full Cedar3 team! I managed to finally see all of them at the same time in this picture on their instagram.

Yay, excitement

When I visited them in week 2, I only saw 3 of them BUT A DIFFERENT 3 from when I visited in week one.

Their story
Consisting of 4 girls from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, Lua Tze Teng Tanya, Kaila Boh Tsui Ning, Chai Gien Lyn, Kayla Yong Enxin have been working on a mixed media animation called The Singaporean Blood In Us.

So scary

Instead of just having to animate on 2d, they had to draw using water colour.

This was their ‘stage’ with a syringe and… and red??

So much red!

9 bottles of red.

Apparently they are two types of red for two different scenes and this particular colour is now sold out in Singapore for now.


They swiped all the red for this brand for their animation.


The girls have also been ‘overtiming’ by staying back until 8.30pm every day to get their scenes done.

It’s not enough they had to do the physical mixed media of red watercolour on paper, they have to animate it on their computers too.


They’re so hardworking though.

And once you see their finished production, you’ll know why it took a lot of time.

For one thing, the part where they had to do their watercolouring took a lot of tries to get it right.

One fun fact about their mini tent where they’re doing production is that they think it smells like a hospital because they have panadol, tiger balm and all that on their tables.

Apparently their shoulders and wrists ache a lot from all their bending over their computers and animating.

Hang in there girls!!

our new blog post is up !! check it out to find out what we’ve done in the past week 🙂 link in bio #ne11c02

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Even with all their work, they’ve been quite active on their social media!

Follow their instagram at:

Or read their blog at:

They can be lolarious so please check them out.

The time of this posting is their third week, I hope they’re all okay since they need to finish everything by Friday!

The Christmas Coup!

The Christmas Coup!

It is the Winter Solstice, and naughty elves have spirited Santa Claus away. Without him to spread the Christmas cheer, winter will never end, and spring will never come. The clock is ticking. Can you find him before the day is over, or will the world be locked in darkness forever?

It’s an escape game run by The Guild in conjunction with *SCAPE’s Naughty Or Nice fair from 9-11 December.

In these three days, the sessions for the game runs at 12pm, 3pm and 6pm.

Starting location: *SCAPE Carpark and Playpace, 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237978

You can get tickets at

BUT WAIT, scroll down and read the rest of this post (I have discount codes for you) to know more about the game.

Continue reading The Christmas Coup!

Geekstrux! Trucking their way to success…?

Geekstrux! They’re one of my quietest/shyest groups for N.E.mation! 11 So I wanted you guys to know about them first.

Their schedule

This was their schedule but right now they’ve been there in production, doing their work in over time because they’re a bit behind schedule.

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I believe they will complete it by the end of three weeks though!

Check it out

Consisting of four members from Crescent Girls’ School… Maelynn, Wan Ting, Chloe and Harinika, they’re the first in the competition to use CrazyTalk Animator 3.

And yes that means all their animation is 2d and illustrator by them.

Week one was them doing the assets for the characters and week two was to animate the scenes. AND WEEK 3 TO FINISH EVERYTHING UP! AHHHHH.

In the darkness

And is really is like this.

In the darkness, they concentrate on animating their scenes bit by bit. Each member having their own parts to play.

In their quietness though, they’ve made friends from other teams.

You should check their instagram: (PLEASE FOLLOW!!)

It has a lot of snacks they received from other groups. Anyway, I’ll catch up with them in week 3 to see how their production goes. For everyone else, I’m not showing exactly what they’re doing yet but I will say their art style is very cute.

Don’t forget to follow Geekstrux on their instagram! They need your support.

Well all my teams do but YEAH COME, go click follow on their instagram first. Is ok. Just go click.