N.E.mation! set to draw on Singapore's strengths
The popular N.E.mation! competition is here again
N.E.mation! is back for its 11th season.
Organised by Nexus, the Central National Education Office, the competition encourages students to express their thoughts on Total Defence (TD).
The annual digital animation competition started in 2007, after the success of commissioned TD animation clips featured in the National Day Rally in 2006.
Since then, the competition has reached over 15,000 student participants.
This season's theme of Together We Keep Singapore Strong encourages students to submit ideas on why it is important to keep Singapore resilient. They should consider how and what they can do to help the nation achieve this.
Students from the same secondary school, junior college or centralised institution are to form teams of three or four members and register online by submitting at least one story idea.
Last year's champion from Beatty Secondary School won with its clip, Strength In Reflection. It featured 120 images displayed on a praxinoscope, an animation device with an inner circle of mirrors, to show Singapore's achievements.
The team won a sponsored trip to the US, where they visited renowned animation studios such as Pixar Animation Studios, Sony Pictures Animation and Warner Brothers.
This season, 100 story entries will be shortlisted and teams will be narrowed down to the top 10 after three rounds of selections.
Experience in animation is not required as training in story creation and development, animation techniques and other relevant skills will be provided for shortlisted teams. Learning journeys and talks by the competition's partner agencies are also lined up for all 100 teams.
Only the top 10 finalist teams will be producing the animation clips, with guidance from animation-based learning company Animagine.
The clips will be judged next year by the public and a panel of industry professionals, including Mr Roger Lee from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Mr Jason Ho from Blue Sky Studios.
About the contest
WHAT: N.E.mation! is an annual inter-school digital animation competition.
WHO CAN JOIN: Students who are Singaporeans or permanent residents from secondary schools, junior colleges and centralised institutions.
WHEN: Registration ends Aug 16.
HOW TO REGISTER: Go to nemation.sg and submit team members' particulars and at least one story idea before deadline.
Champion: A fully sponsored overseas learning visit to renowned animation studios worth more than $20,000.
1st runner-up: Prizes worth more than $6,000.
2nd runner-up: Prizes worth more than $5,000.