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N.E.mation! 11: Competition results at Awards Ceremony

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Cedar Girls’ Secondary School snatched the two top positions in this year’s Total Defence animation competition, with Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School clinching the third place. Results listing below.

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Congratulations to the winners of N.E.mation! 11: “MADEit” from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School!

The Awards Ceremony was held at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium at National Gallery Singapore.

Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Education Dr Janil Puthucheary was the Guest-of-Honour.

Detailed results below.

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N.E.mation! 11: Vote for your favourite teams & win prizes

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

The top 10 teams have completed their animation clips. These are now available for viewing at www.nemation.sg. You can now vote for your three favourite clips, and stand to win attractive prizes such as iPad tablets, Apple Watches and MacDonald’s vouchers.

Voting ends 5 February 2017.

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Student animators from the Top 10 teams at the Downtown Picnic, which marks the commencement of public voting for N.E.mation! 11. With Ryan and Sylvia from Night Owl Cinematics.

There are four methods to vote.

You can vote on one or all of the following:

  1. N.E.mation! website if you’re on a desktop/notebook.
  2. N.E.mation! mobile website if you’re on a smartphone/tablet.
  3. Facebook app on mobile or non-mobile. Remember to “Like” first before voting.
  4. SMS to 76677 in the format below.

SMS format (to 76677)

NE11<space>WEB<space>C1,C5,C8<space>NRIC<space>Full Name

Example below:

NE11 WEB C1, C5, C8 T0123456D Darth Vader

The above example assumes you’re voting for C1, C5 and C5.

As you may guess, my favourite animation clips are:

  • C01 [Blank Space]: “Our Five Fingers of Defence” (Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School)
  • C05 Finding Sanity: “Building Our Nation” (CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School)
  • C08 MADEit: “Our SG Dollar” (Cedar Girls’ Secondary School)
  • C09 N.E. HEH HEH: “Just A Little Something” (Singapore Chinese Girls’ School)
  • C10 Passionfruit: “Shields of Singapore” (Evergreen Secondary School)

Do check out their clips and vote for them if you like their animation as well.

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Event forecast: N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic @ The Cathay

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The Downtown Picic marks the commencement of public voting for N.E.mation! 11.

Highlights of the afternoon of fun include games, lucky draw, food, and Ryan and Sylvia from Night Owl Cinematics.

Highlights of the afternoon of fun include games, lucky draw, food, and Ryan and Sylvia from Night Owl Cinematics.

Student animators from the Top 10 teams will be present to showcase their completed 1-minute animations.

Admission FREE, registration NOT required. Bring along family & friends.

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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New arrival: 2 new Canon multi-purpose video cameras – ME20F-SH & ME200S-SH

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Both cameras are designed for use in extreme low-light conditions. The ME20F-SH (S$31,029) will be available from May 2016, while the ME200S-SH (S$TBA) will be available from August.

Canon multi-purpose cameras. From left: ME20F-SH (S$31,029) and ME200S-SH (S$TBA).

Canon multi-purpose cameras. From left: ME20F-SH (S$31,029) and ME200S-SH (S$TBA).

The ME20F-SH is Canon’s first ultra-high-sensitivity multi-purpose camera that captures high quality videos in extreme low-light situations.

It is able to shoot Full HD videos (1080p @ 60fps) at 0.0005 lux illumination (ISO 4,000,000+ equivalent)

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The Canon ME20F-SH fitted with lens, monitor, SSD and other accessories on a tripod, in the demo at the Canon Singapore office.

The ME200S-SH also boasts high sensitivity (up to ISO 204,800) and supports a variety of production needs ranging from video production to security surveillance.

The price of the ME200S-SH is not released yet but is expected to be much lower than the S$31,029 price-tag of the higher-end ME20F-SH.

Below are the product specifications of the ME20F-SH.

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