NYFA Best Visual Effects Nicholas Chia Coldsteam NYFA Best Visual Effects NicholasChia YangSiShuo YeoShiyun GohPengfong Coldsteam

Yay!! Coldsteam wins Best Visual Effects and Best Original Music at NYFA 2016! :D

National Youth Film Awards 2016:

Coldsteam – 2015 ADM Visual Effects graduation film (FYP):

Best Visual Effects

Coldsteam
Nicholas Chia, Yang Sishuo, Yeo Shiyun, Goh Pengfong

Best Original Music

Coldsteam
Nicholas Chia

刺客 (You Ci Ke), the 2015 ADM Digital Animation graduation film by Ronald Fong, Han Qingping, Candice Lee and Xiangting Su received all 3 available animation awards at the 2016 National Youth Film Awards today!

All the hard work and late nights, as we strived to make the best animation within our abilities, paid off at NYFA 2016. Big thanks to the Jury of NYFA 2016, Prof. Hannes Rall, Mr Davis Vu, Ms Jasmine Seo, my teammates, my family, and all the brilliant ADM Animation schoolmates who walked by and gave their feedback and words of encouragement. A HUGE thank you.

You Ci Ke Animation Ronald Fong Han Qingping at NYFA 2016 (1)

National Youth Film Awards 2016 – Animation triple award:
有刺客 (You Ci Ke) – 2015 ADM Digital Animation graduation film (FYP):

Best Writing in Animated Film Award

有刺客 (You Ci Ke)
Ronald Fong and Han Qing Ping

Best Character Design in Animated Film Award

有刺客 (You Ci Ke)
Ronald Fong and Han Qing Ping

Best Animated Film Award

有刺客 (You Ci Ke)
Ronald Fong, Han Qing Ping, Candice Lee and Xiangting Su

You Ci Ke Animation Ronald Fong Han Qingping at NYFA 2016 (2)You Ci Ke Animation Ronald Fong Han Qingping at NYFA 2016 (4)

The Lumin Trophies

You Ci Ke NYFA 2016 Lumin Award Ronald Fong

My namecard design hasn’t changed since 2011. That’s 5 years ago! I was testing a new camera phone with these couple of shots. Clearly, I didn’t realise they were out of focus.

Ronald Fong Namecard Design 2016 (2) Ronald Fong Namecard Design 2016 (1)

Great news! 有刺客 (You Ci Ke) and Coldsteam, along with other great works from NTU ADM has been nominated for NYFA Awards 2016! See the full nomination list here.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN AWARD

RONALD FONG
CHIA PENG YANG NICHOLAS
YANG SI SHUO
YEO SHIYUN
GOH PENG FONG “Coldsteam”
BFA in Digital Animation
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

BEST ANIMATED FILM AWARD

RONALD FONG
HAN QING PING
SU XIANGTING
CANDICE LEE “有刺客” (You Ci Ke)
BFA in Digital Animation
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

3DPRINTINGHUB.ASIA BEST CHARACTER DESIGN IN ANIMATED FILM AWARD

RONALD FONG
HAN QING PING “有刺客” (You Ci Ke)
BFA in Digital Animation
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

BEST WRITING IN ANIMATED FILM AWARD

RONALD FONG
HAN QING PING “有刺客” (You Ci Ke)
BFA in Digital Animation
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Hey, I’ve got a bunch of requests for the “hipster” color palette in use to start my digital doodles in Photoshop. So, here you go – Hipster Swatches

Photoshop Hipster Swatches

Here are some notes on file versioning and date naming conventions for 3D animation production:
I recommend using the following “_###” versioning system:

animation_001
animation_002

Frame padding

It depends on the project you’re on, but most project files won’t have a 1000th version so 3 frame padding is very very safe for almost all purposes in animation, while 2 frame padding doesn’t allow for the occasional 100th version.

The letter “v”

Some pipelines use “v” to denote version number, and I think it’s not a bad idea. In a pipeline where it’s understood that “_###” already denotes versioning, it comes across as an additional letter without providing more information.

Using the “.”

Please avoid using the “.” for file versioning because some softwares may confuse that with a file extension! That said, Maya’s imagePlane sequence only accepts “.” for image sequence number.

For Maya image sequence
Bad:

animation_001.jpg
animation_002.jpg
animation_003.jpg

Good:

animation.001.jpg
animation.002.jpg
animation.003.jpg

Date naming convention

Most file browsers default to sort by name. It quite confusing to date files with DDMMYY because 301216 will numerically be after 011217 when it should actually be chronologically before:

011217
151217
301216
310118

Thus I recommend YYMMDD where it will make both numerical and chronological sense:

161231
171201
171215
180131

Why use YY over YYYY?

In fact, it is clearer to see 2016 as compared to just 16. As long as the entire pipeline understands the date convention, we can essentially save on the redundant “20”, since most of the projects we work on don’t run past a century.

That’s all for now! :)