By the time you’re reading this, Millennium Dragons from St. Nicholas Girls School have already finished most of the scenes for their animation. All the late night staying back in school to finish their work will be paid off in the wrap-up party on the third week of production.
To motivate all top 10 teams in the competition, some of them have been bringing snacks from home to share, leave encouraging cards and banners for the other teams and I heard that some even gave handmade keychain/souvenirs for new friends. All these are so heartening to hear and see, and definitely makes the process of animation much more fun.
Since my workplace has a Medz cafe nearby, I thought I would get both teams a rainbow cake to brighten up the (rainy)day! In return, the girls also gave me a cup of KOI. 😀
Did I already mention that they are the only team that chose to use make a giant paper-cut pop-up book to create their animation??!
Due to the nature of the medium being labour intensive, the girls didn’t have much time to blog about their progress. But here’s what I manage to document from Week 2!
Despite their attempts to to tidy their desks …
One of the biggest accomplishments last week was the completion of the Black Knight. This is how it’ll look when they attach it to the pop-up book.
Using different recycled materials, MG showed me how to put them into creative use, such as making the rotor blade and mast of the Chopper.
This is the area in the studio where they will spend most of their time in the following week. Upon completion of the pop-up book, MG will have to animate scene by scene before the final editing!
How MG came about the concept of their animation is actually inspired by their school’s Gratitude initiative. Each week, the girls have to pen down in their journal who and why they are thankful for, be it family, friends or someone who has been kind. This initiative has led them to appreciate the little things people do for them.
Without our SAF and NSmen keeping an eye out for us, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy what we do every day – be it studying, working or playing
Thank you for protecting our nation.