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N.E.mation! 11 : Art used in N.E.mation! 11

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Here is a sampling of the art used in this year’s N.E.mation! competition.

Simple but innovative use of ink cartoons on plastic cups for use in stop-motion animation. Rotate the outer cup to get different facial expressions or different stages of a chin-up exercise. Prop by N.E. HEH HEH (#NE11C09).

Simple but innovative use of ink cartoons on plastic cups for use in stop-motion animation. Rotate the outer cup to get different facial expressions or different stages of a chin-up exercise. Prop by N.E. HEH HEH (#NE11C09).

To many, N.E.mation! 11 is first and foremost an animation competition – with animation themes based on the National Education message of building a strong and resilient country that can defend itself against adversity and external threats.

My favourite is this finger puppet of a soldier sewn by [BlankSpace] (#NE11C01). Other finger puppets included civilian clothes like those worn by the Sylvanian family of toy figurines.

My favourite is this finger puppet of a soldier sewn by [BlankSpace] (#NE11C01). Other finger puppets included civilian clothes like those worn by the Sylvanian family of toy figurines.

Cut-out pop-up park to be used as background for the animation. The cylinder can be rotated to simulate movement of foreground objects in the animation. By [BlankSpace] (#NE11C01).

Cut-out pop-up park to be used as background for the animation. The cylinder can be rotated to simulate movement of foreground objects in the animation. By [BlankSpace] (#NE11C01).

So a lot of emphasis is focused on the animation techniques used and how slick and accomplished the completed animation looks.

MADEit (#NE11C08) animates the images on a $10 Singapore bill, adding their own elements to it in their animation.

MADEit (#NE11C08) animates the images on a $10 Singapore bill, adding their own elements to it in their animation.

N.E.mation! 11 bestows upon participating teams the skills of digital animation.

Finding Sanity (#NE11C05) draws their artwork on a computer for their 2D 8-bit animation. I like the patchwork look.

Finding Sanity (#NE11C05) draws their artwork on a computer for their 2D 8-bit animation. I like the patchwork look.

More than that, the competition also brings out the artistic talents in every participating individual.

Passionfruit (#NE11C10) draws their artwork digitally on a graphics tablet.

Passionfruit (#NE11C10) draws their artwork digitally on a graphics tablet.

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N.E.mation! 11 : Spotlight on “Passionfruit” (#NE11C10)

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

We met with one of the Top Ten teams for this year’s N.E.mation! competition – “Passionfruit” from Evergreen Secondary School.

Update (14 January, 2017):

Passionfruit’s animation, “Shields of Singapore”, is now available for viewing and voting. You can find out the four methods of voting your three favourite clips here.

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N.E.mation! 11 Team “Passionfruit” from Evergreen Secondary School. From left: Wong Xin Yuan Mabel, Maybelle Ong Hui Leng, Yolanda Low Jing Xuan, Pamela Lee (Li Ming Fang).

This team is the most passionate of the lot – seriously folks!

Leader of the bunch (of Passion fruits) - Mabel Wong Xin Yuan.

Leader of the bunch (of Passion fruits) – Mabel Wong Xin Yuan.

I could tell from talking with these four young ladies about the digital 2D animation that they have been working on for the past three weeks of production.

The title of their 1-minute animation is “Shields of Singapore”.

Using the allegory of an umbrella to express their main idea, the theme is that “Everyone is a shield of Singapore, no matter rain or shine”.

And this is embodied in what citizens do in their everyday lives, manifesting itself in how Singaporeans help one another in sticky situation and even in the littlest things – shielding one another from harm and giving a hand when needed.

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N.E.mation! 11 : Spotlight on N.E. HEH HEH (#NE11C09)

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

We met with one of the Top Ten teams for this year’s N.E.mation! competition – N.E. HEH HEH from the Singapore Chinese Girls School (SCGS). Erin Tan reports.

Update (14 January, 2017):

N.E. HEH HEH’s animation, “Just A Little Something”, is now available for viewing and voting. You can find out the four methods of voting your three favourite clips here.

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N.E.mation! 11 Team “N.E. HEH HEH” from Singapore Chinese Girls School (SCGS). From left: Wang Lei, Sarah Mak, Karen Nakajima and Michelle Khor.

N.E. HEH HEH is the only team from SCGS in the Top Ten teams in this year’s N.E.mation! 11.

Wang Lei, the Secondary Three team leader of N.E. HEH HEH, a bubbly art student who also drew life-like portraits of the entire team - see below.

Wang Lei, the Secondary Three team leader of N.E. HEH HEH, a bubbly art student who also drew life-like portraits of the entire team – see below.

The team members consist of two Secondary Three ladies, who keep the team anchored, and two Secondary Ones, who keep things light-hearted and fun.

The two Sec Three girls – Wang Lei and Sarah Mak – are veterans from the school’s N.E.mation! 9 Top Ten team two years ago!

They told me that their team name is a play on the evil laughter of the character Pap from the video game Undertale, and the name “N.E.mation”.

The product of these three weeks of production will be a 60-second animation, to bring to life the ideas and storyline they proposed during the earlier pitching and selection rounds.

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N.E.mation! 11 : Spotlight on “[Blank Space]” (#NE11C01)

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

We met with one of the Top Ten teams for this year’s N.E.mation! competition – “[Blank Space]” from Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School. Erin Tan reports.

Update (14 January, 2017):

[Blank Space]’s animation, “Our Five Fingers of Defence”, is now available for viewing and voting. You can find out the four methods of voting your three favourite clips here.

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N.E.mation! 11 Team “[Blank Space]” from Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School. From left: Tan Jing Yi, Olivia Surrthi Ketheesan, Ng Hui Xin, and Nur Adilah Binte Jamaludin.

The team members are all from the same Secondary Two class.

They tell me they can never stop arguing with each other, yet they are able to work together in perfect harmony nonetheless.

Olivia Surrthi, also Secondary Two, the tallest and supposedly the most mature of the group.

Olivia Surrthi, Secondary Two, the tallest and supposedly the most mature of the group.

Their team name arose from not knowing what to name themselves, and so they came up with this creative name.

They say it has nothing to do at all with Taylor Swift’s song “Blank Space”, which became immensely popular two years ago when it was released.

After these three weeks of production are over, they will be required to submit a 60-second animation, the plot of which they have refined and perfected over the course of the selection rounds.

[Blank Space]’s animation revolves around a the imagery of a hand with five fingers – with each finger representing one of the five pillars of Total Defence – Military, Civil, Economic, Social, and Psychological Defence.

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N.E.mation! 11 : Spotlight on “MADEit” (#NE11C08)

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

We met with one of the Top Ten teams for this year’s N.E.mation! competition – “MADEit” from Cedar Girls Secondary School. Erin Tan reports.

Update (14 January, 2017):

MADEit’s animation, “Our SG Dollar”, is now available for viewing and voting. You can find out the four methods of voting your three favourite clips here.

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N.E.mation! 11 Team “MADEit” from Cedar Girls Secondary School. From left: Wendalyna Lye, Gwyneth Tey, Angel Goh, Nicolle Gan.

MADEit is one of three teams from Cedar Girls Secondary School (CGSS) that made it to the Top Ten for N.E.mation! 11 this year.

The team members are all veterans, having also made it to the Top Ten for N.E.mation! 10 last year.

De facto team leader, Angel Goh of "MADEit", the veteran team from Cedar Girls Secondary School. Her teammates describe Angel as an "angelic angel".

De facto team leader, Angel Goh of “MADEit”, the veteran team from Cedar Girls Secondary School. Her teammates describe Angel as an “angelic angel”.

This year marks their comeback.

MADEit is made up of four ladies from CGSS, and they are all proud to have made it so far for two consecutive years – as evidenced by their team name.

As a school, CGSS is relatively new to the Top Ten round of the N.E.mation! series of animation competitions.

However, they are rapidly up-and-coming – from the lone team in the Top Ten of N.E.mation! (HigherThanYou, which clinched the 1st Runner’s up in 2014, to sporting three finalists in both last’s year’s N.E.mation! 10 Top Ten, and this year’s N.E.mation! 11.

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N.E.mation! 11 : Spotlight on “Finding Sanity” (#NE11C05)

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

I met with one of the Top Ten teams for this year’s N.E.mation! competition – “Finding Sanity” from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School.

Update (14 January, 2017):

Finding Sanity’s animation, “Building Our Nation”, is now available for viewing and voting. You can find out the four methods of voting your three favourite clips here.

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N.E.mation!11 Team “Finding Sanity” from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School. From left: Michelle Li, Lim Wanyi, Christelle Tan, Amelia Tan.

Finding Sanity is one of two teams from CHIJ that made it to the Top Ten for N.E.mation! 11 this year.

The team comprises four chirpy ladies from CHIJ, which has been a powerhouse in the annual series of N.E.mation! competitions through the years.

Team Leader Lim Wanyi leads the team in search of sanity, and the top prize in N.E.mation! 11.

Team Leader Lim Wanyi leads the team in search of sanity, and the top prize in N.E.mation! 11.

Past iterations of the National Education themed animation competition have frequently seen at least two entrants in the final Top Ten, whittled down from hundreds of aspiring teams from schools around Singapore.

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Event: Epson Solutions & Technology Convention 2016 (ESTC 2016)

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Epson showcased its latest smart solutions to show how its new innovations can power the future of businesses.

Update (18 November, 2016):

Giveaway on Epsons Facebook Page: If you’re a Manchester United and Epson fan, here’s how you can stand a chance to WIN an Epson-Manchester United T-Shirt.

Follow this link to Epson’s Facebook Page to learn how!

Contest ends at 2359hrs on 20 November.

“ESTC returns this year to simplify and make intelligent business solutions more accessible to every business,” said Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division).

“ESTC returns this year to simplify and make intelligent business solutions more accessible to every business,” said Tan May Lin, Epson Singapore’s General Manager (Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Division), at ESTC 2016.

The global technology leader in printing, visual communications and digital imaging demonstrated integrated solutions that addressed the varied needs that businesses had in their work processes.

ESTC 2016 is the second edition of Epson’s bi-yearly convention to engage corporate partners and customers to raise awareness on its range of business products and solutions.

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A large format printer for the marketing department, showcased at ESTC 2016 in the Sands Expo and Convention Centre at the Marina Bay in Singapore.

Epson showcased new business products ranging from office scanners to its new ultra-short throw interactive projector, mobile point of sales systems and wearable technology such as the Moverio BT-300 smart glasses and BT-2000 smart headset at the convention.

The convention was held today at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and attended by 153 guests including business partners, end users, media and distributors.

Integrating intelligent solutions for business success

Epson’s showcase offered insights as well as real-life demonstrations on how companies can develop a holistic strategy when investing in technology.

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New arrival: Samsung Gear S3, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016), 4 x Level mobile audio products

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Samsung Electronics Singapore today launched a slew of mobile products: the new Gear S3 flagship smartwatch, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet, and 4 new mobile audio products in the Level series: Level Active, Level Box Pro, Level In ANC, Level U Pro ANC. Prices below.

From left: Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet, and Level U Pro ANC wireless earphones.

From left: Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet, and Level U Pro ANC wireless earphones.

The new Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch offers Military-grade Protection, IP68 water and dust resistance, mobile payments, and built-in speaker and GPS.

The Gear S3 comes in two designs: the rugged Gear S3 frontier and the elegant Gear S3 classic – both are priced at S$548 and will be available in Singapore in Q4, 2016.

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The new Gear S3 smartwatch from Samsung, being launched in Singapore at Elements & Co. I like the red strap.

The Galaxy A9 Pro (2016) phablet sports a 6-inch SUPER AMOLED screen and is a timely launch to attract customers looking for an affordable big-display alternative to the ill-fated 5.7-inch flagship Note7 phablet.

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Travel Photography – “Beyond Boundaries” by Laxmi Kaul

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

The “Beyond Boundaries” photo exhibition showcases Laxmi’s photos from multiple visits to the Kashmir. This story first appeared on The Travel Memoir.

Here you can see the photographer, Laxmi Kaul with one of her subjects. A juxtaposition of the modern Indian woman with one in traditional garb.

Here you can see the photographer, Laxmi Kaul with one of her subjects.. A juxtaposition of the modern Indian woman with one in traditional garb.

Beyond Boundaries presents Laxmi Kaul and her journey with the people and nomads of Kashmir, where life is about simplicity, serenity and sincerity.

“After shooting in a highly turbulent & conflict–ridden area, I have realized that it is the everyday lives of the people living there that matter to me. They are the ones who makes me want to go back to and continue to narrate their stories. Their daily lives & cultures. I have discovered there is something special in the everyday; for one, we are alive,” said Laxmi Kaul.

What goes on around the borders?

Sometimes life is about the unplanned moments, the appreciation of nature and how civilisations interact.

Laxmi Kaul is a self -taught professional photographer, having started photography at a young age when she saw her father’s passion for making images.

Since then, she has never looked back.

Despite being a commercial photographer, she still holds people and documentary photography closest to her heart.

Laxmi connects with spirituality in daily life and travels with a patriotic zeal.

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This photo is one of many beautiful shots that Laxmi Kaul is exhibiting at the Leica Galleries Singapore at Raffles Hotel Singapore from now till 5 December, 2016. Photo credit: Laxmi Kaul.

She believes the camera is her tool and photography is an extension of her very being.

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Dell celebrates 20 years of Alienware with launch of new gaming computers

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Dell announced its new line of VR-ready Alienware notebooks – the Alienware 15 and 17 – that boast the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series family of GPUs, enabling up to 85% better performance than the previous generation of Alienware notebooks.

Prices & availability below.

The new Alienware notebooks are capable of powering VR out-of-the-box, and compatible with both Oculus and HTC Vive headsets.

The new Alienware notebooks are capable of powering VR out-of-the-box, and compatible with both Oculus and HTC Vive headsets.

Engineered for gamers, the Alienware 17 gains more power with overclocked Intel Core i7 k-series processors and Tobii eye-tracking technology to optimise immersive gameplay.

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Dell also announced in Singapore (at Millian, St James Power Station) the new XPS and Inspiron laptops, Inspiron 2-in-1, and XPS Tower for personal and work computing.

The Alienware 15 comes complete with the VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and NVIDIA G-Sync for incredibly smooth, synchronized frame rates.

Prices and availability are tabulated below.

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