I was reading about this in the papers this morning.

Here’s a link to their popular franchise Winx Club

If I’m not wrong, Rainbow is the top animation studio in Italy!
Italian animation studio Rainbow is putting $25 million into a new gaming unit here in Singapore. And it is by far the biggest investment here!

This is gonna be so cool!
Looking forward to the vibe in the interactive digital media industry in a few years to come! :)

Research on Further Studies

Hi all!

I am planning to get a degree after national service.
Therefore, I started a little bit of research on a few potential institutions.
Below are links to their wikipedias definition and websites.

Wikipedia
NTU’s Schools of Art, Design & Media
California Institute of the Arts
Academy of Art University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Art Center College of Design

Official Website
NTU’s Schools of Art, Design & Media
California Institute of the Arts
Academy of Art University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Art Center College of Design

I will be doing an in-depth research and comparison between all these colleges to find a suitable institution and course.
In the meantime, I will concentrate on my studies and creative work :)
It’ll be great if any of you guys, probably from CGSociety or CGTalk, or probably from any art institution can give me some tips and advice on my choices.
Drop me an email! Thanks in advance!

By the way, I’m now working on MTV + ME Competition which I embarked on a couple of days ago.
The concept, design, boards and timing reel is out.
Hope to update progress here but things are kind of tight here in school, so this weekend probably. :)

laters :)

Channel Box
Ronald, Yong Yi and Zi Chao

We have put a lot of effort into this Eyeka Asia Creative Challenge and we are very excited about it!

Just a couple of days ago, the winner of Eyeka Asia Creative Challenge is announced! It’s us, Channel Box!!

We are so so happy!! :D
I’ll like to thank Ms Grace, Mr Jacques D and my two buddies Yong Yi and Zi Chao for making this possible! Thank you guys!
Can’t wait to show you guys what we’ve been up to so here goes! Hope you’ll like it!

Please watch in high quality :D

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Our objective was to create an engaging animation that will inform the audience about the pronounciation of eyeka.

Simple visual elements are used for audience to relate better. For instance, the mouth literally provides a visual demonstration of the pronounciation of ‘Eyeka’. Therefore, the concept allows the audience to register the correct pronounciation of Eyeka without much complexity.

Disney Pixar Up (2009)
Oh my! The trailer looks really good!
Grumpy old man and that little boy is so cute!

Renders and style looks beautiful!
Animation is of course superb!
“Hi! Mr Fredrickson! Please let me in!”

I’m looking forward!
The Adventure Begins May 29th
[Official Website]

Chasseur de Dragon is now on the big screens in Singapore!
I remember Yong Yi and I hunting all over Paris for the art book for this film! Didn’t manage to find it in the end, such a disappointment.

In any case, our master Mr Kyle Balda is the animation director for this film! It’s gotta awesome. Gonna catch it very soon! :D

Created by: Keytoon Animation Studios
Director: James Maestro

I love this short animation done by Keytoon Animation Studios!
Inspires me to do a super whacky animation! :D

Created by: Keytoon Animation Studios
Director: James Maestro

Aardman Retrospective
Tuesday 28th Octover 2008

Nanyang Polytechnic Theatre for the Arts

David Sproxton and Luis Cook from Aardman, the home of Wallace and Gromit, had a discussion session after the screening of some of Aardman’s works.
The question and answer question was really interesting, so I thought I’ll jot some of them down here. I cannot remember everything, word for word or every figure, but I guess the idea is somewhat like that, may not be too accurate :)

Q: Do you have life at Aardman?
A: In the past we used to work day in and out, now with advancement of technology, we adopt a 5 day work week. So we have time for ourselves during the weekends.

Q: How do you find your animators?
A: Source from institutes and we have portfolios and resumés coming in. From there, they are trained to be stop frame animators or 3D animators. It’s interesting how stop frame animators can convert to 3D animators much easier than the other way round.

Q: How many animators do you have?
A: All the times, it depends on the scale of a project. The size of the team grows and shrinks based on the projects. For feature film length projects, the number of animators can go up to 40, whereas for short films or commercials, there coould probably be 5 to 8 animators.

Find out more about Aardman!

Overall, I found the talk really beneficial. I love The Pearce Sisters and a commercial (I forgot the title) which interviewed different creatures “Why will you do when you fear?” there were two comical cockroaches inside hilarious! And the Mcvities one too. They have really interesting concepts and execution here and there. Awesome!