Mobile Animation Challenge 2011

One common question always arise whenever I meet schools/ministries around Southeast Asia (SEA): “Felix, how can we create an event which can bring together the students of all levels in the country to showcase their capabilities in IT?” Well, it takes lots of planning but here is one very good example from Singapore.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore came out with the National Infocomm Competition (NIC), a year-long infocomm competition held annually that allows students to hone their skills and showcase their talent in infocomm. Students from their respective school then form teams within the three circuits, Secondary School, Junior College and Polytechnic/Institute of Technical Education, accumulate as many points as possible from each challenge and win amazing prizes!

Recently, I was invited by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore to be one of the judges for one of the circuits and that’s the Mobile Animation Challenge (MAC). This national mobile animation challenge is targeted at secondary school students for the purpose of engaging them to create promotional clips based on given themes (For this year the theme was Green Sustainability) on the mobile platform. These are the areas of considerations for this competition:

* High percentage of mobile users among target participants;
* Development of mobile applications is widely promoted in Singapore; and
* Potential business opportunities in the mobile media market.

Students made use of mainly Adobe Flash Professional to create the projects together with Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator to aid them in the pre-production process (Story-Boarding & Character/Background Design)

Walking around the booths to check out the student’s awesome works & presentations, we managed to decide the top 3 winners out of the 75 entries received. Check them out:


The Art of Service with Flash

Alrighty… Back again for another cool posting to showcase another piece of student work that I have. I still remember this piece of work as it is from my first batch of students from Nanyang Girls High School, Singapore. Back then, I was training them to be proficient in Flash for about 60 Hours through the year and they managed to produce some great works in animations, games and even a basic mobile application.

With their creative instincts and great digital art works, the school decided to let the students take part in a local competition in Singapore called the Actionscript Awards where students had to make use of Adobe Flash to create an animation/applications with relations to the topic. Remembering correctly, in 2007, the theme was ‘The Art of Service’ and these projects had to show what is good service from people working in the front line.

Here is a glimpse of some of the screen shots from the submissions which won the Silver Awards and also a Merit.You can try out one of the project HERE!!!

All these works are Copyrighted by Republic Polytechnic. Will be searching around SEA for more wonderful pieces of works to showcase. In the mean time stay tuned to any other technology updates. 🙂

Lending a Helping Hand

Today, I’ve got another cool piece of work created by a group of student in Singapore from Nan Chiau High School. Code Name: Helping Hands. Woooo…. 😛 This group of students attended a co-curricular activity in school which stretched across the whole year for 60 Hrs and during this activities, these students were given an opportunity to learn how to use Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash & Premier from IT trainers which they’ve hired.

Yeah, you must be probably thinking: “Hmmmm… Come on what’s new, just a website with games and videos probably!” Well, you’re wrong! This entire project, with the idea of the teacher-in-charge, came out to be a site containing resources which enables people with disabilities in hearing learn hand signs. Given time to not just learn the software but also to research and learn from books, these students came out with an entire web-page containing an elearning content from A – Z and with games as well.

Throughout the course, they came out with a workflow to integrate each capability of Adobe’s technologies into one single output. With Dreamweaver to create the HTMLs to be the shell for the contents, using Flash to create the drawings and the games and Premiere to edit the videos and encoding it to flv formats to insert into their flash file. This students showed a lot of creativity and dedication to complete this project and even submitted this to the local National Infocomm Club Competition 2009 and got to be one of the top 3 finalist plus attaining the Students Choice Awards . Not just an amazing piece of work but also an amazing idea to make use of digital media to reach out and provide aid to those with disabilities. Thumbs up for them!!

Check out the full site here:

Awesome Animation Techniques

3 years back, I was working in a training firm and I was running around Singapore to conduct various trainings on Adobe’s products to local schools from the Primary – College schools. I’ve seen some awesome capabilities of some students who totally excel and rock in specific areas. (Animations, Videos & Web)

Today, I’m featuring one of my ex student from Ngee Ann Secondary School and Temasek Junior College. He’s Tan Kang Soon and he excels in animation and not just using Adobe Flash’s tools to create Motion Tweens but Frame-by-Frame Animation (Here is something about frame-by-frame animation: . His capability to draw using just the mouse and visualizing how the character’s movement will be is totally FANTASTIC and I would say his works produced are pretty much on par with a few from the professional industry.

I’ve recently caught up with him and here are some of his works that he has created and all of which are his personal rendition of the characters in the animation created with Adobe Flash.

So how do you find his work? Pretty Cool eh? Enjoy and will be putting up the next post soon. Cheers 🙂