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Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8 Tell a Unique Story about Singapore

By InCinemas  /  04 Dec 2013 (Wednesday)

It’ll be hard to choose a winner from these top 10 teams of the digital animation competition, N.E.mation! 8, organised by Nexus. The annual competition is for youths to express their thoughts on Total Defence through a one-minute animation clip.

This year, based on the theme ‘Because You Played A Part’, teams are required to create a story on how Singaporeans have been playing their part in Total Defence, each contributing in their own way, whether big or small, to the safety and security of Singapore.

(The 4 of Us II: L-R Lim Jia Yi, Xena Goh, Sarah Cheok & Sri Safwanah)

The competition received 552 entries and after 2 weeks of intensive training and pitching their story ideas to the judges, the top 10 teams were then selected for the 3-week production phase of their animation story ideas.

During the production tour held at Nanyang Polytechnic yesterday, InCinemas got to catch a glimpse of what to expect from the 10 finalists. From stories revolving around National Servicemen to unsung heroes in Singapore, each group possesses a unique and creative story to tell. 

(Go to N.E.mation! 8 official website for more updates!)

(Delta-Gaytors: L-R Teresa Yong, Rachel Song, Gwyneth Ang & Denise See)

Four girls from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School who call themselves the ‘Delta-gaytors’ call their animation short ‘Prison Break’ where it tells a story of an ex-convict who helps others by hiring other ex-convicts in his own restaurant.

Inspired by the true-story of Eighteen Chefs, 15-year-old team member Denise See said “the Yellow Ribbon project has been around for awhile, we hope that the ex-convicts are able to integrate back to society better”. 

Using the idea of a monopoly board to narrate their story, the group even used a 3D printer to create ‘houses’ to go with the monopoly board.

For the first time ever in the competition to use typography, group ‘Synch’ comprising of four members from Kent Ridge Secondary School’s media club tells a story centered upon four themes, all starting with a letter “I” as “I” acts as a representative of several meanings, and a representative of every individual.

(Synch: Clockwise from left - Ee Jing Elyse, Jaren Lee, Jason Wong & Tang Sze Yong)

The public can vote for their 3 favourite clips from 18 January to 15 February 2014 at the N.E.mation! portal, via its Facebook page, SMS or at the mobile webpage. The public votes will determine 50% of the winning entries where the champion team will receive a fully sponsored overseas trip to visit an animation studio in America.
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