Last month, I was invited to participate in a bloggers N.E.mation! workshop to learn more about stop motion animation. If you’ve not heard of N.E.mation before, N.E.mation! is a competition for youths to express their notions on Total Defence through animation. ( A really cool concept!)
Encouraged by the success of the five TD animation clips featured in the National Day Rally in 2006, Nexus has organised N.E.mation! since 2007 to provide a creative platform for students to express their personal ideas about Total Defence. With only 300 students in the first season, N.E.mation! has grown to attract over 2,200 participants this season. Since its inception, over 7,200 students from 160 different schools have submitted their stories to N.E.mation!.Several of the 50 clips produced so far have won local and overseas accolades over the years, such as the MediaCorp Viewers Choice & the Annecy Awards. (I’m so proud of our young Singaporeans!)
In the bloggers workshop, they basically were gonna equip us, in a couple of hours, the skills that they equip students to start our interest and knowledge of stop motion animation. So I got to do my own short little clip given a general story board on stopping air pollution.
Everyone in the class got to cracking right away! Drawing, cutting and forming all sorts of ideas in the short time we had. I had so much fun in the workshop and so much ideas that just couldn’t fit into the time frame we had. I learnt so much about the process of stop motion and what I had to look out for.
And if you are curious to what stop motion animation I made in the workshop, here’s my video below. You can also view it on youtube at http://youtu.be/fYhSIcWRW-E
What I managed to do in this workshop is so simple and basic compared to the students’ works. I really can’t wait to see what the students would come out with this year. The animation clips of the top ten finalist teams will be judged by a panel, including industry professionals such as Raman Hui(Animation Supervisor, DreamWorksAnimation SKG) academics and; Animation SKG), academics and government officials. In addition, the public can vote for their 3 favorite clips in January 2012. The winners of the competition will be determined by a combination of public voting (50%) and judging (50%).N.E.mation!
So please join the community at nemation.sg and be a member of the team you support and vote for your favorite clips to support the teams. News of how to vote will be released on N.E.mation’s facebook page.
Oh, and here are a couple more I tried with friends when visiting KL.