Happy to be invited back to SIDM, as an Alumni, for the part of the EAE Parents’ Seminar, to share my student experience and how it has prepared me for the industry. The learning environment is great and it’s encouraging to see some hardworking students on a Saturday! The school now sports an awesome impressive Cintiq Lab full of 27QHDs, I wish I’m a student of SIDM again!

Ronald Fong Alumni Sharing | NYP SIDM Cintiq Lab

Thanks again Mr. Bhakta for having me!

Ronald Fong and Srinivas Bhakta SIDM Alumni Sharing

Grace Toh, Benjamin Ang and Ronald Fong at IDM Day 2017

Had a fun sharing session today! Thanks to Grace for the opportunity and Adrian for being such a great host! It was my pleasure to share how NYP SIDM has primed me for the industry, my decisions to further study and how it was like being an animation freelancer.

Although I figured that not all secondary school kids were interested, but nonetheless, I shared my views about entrepreneurship, the animation business in general. And I showed some really embarrasing early work. Hopefully this inspires the kids and the information helps them to optimise their study/career path in the creative field.

Also, had reat chit-chat over lunch! learned a lot from you guys! oh NYP… south canteen… a trip down memory lane… I must say LTM-1 is really awesome!

Thanks to the support of *SCAPE, I’ve had the pleasure recently to share about the writing process of our award-winning animated short film You Ci Ke (有刺客). It was at the All-In! Young Writers Festival 2017! With us (Qingping and me), we had Annalee Lee Miao Wen Joann Nicolette Wong on the disussion panel and our insightful moderator Juan Foo.

Ronald Fong Juan Foo Han Qing Ping All-In Young Writers

It was such an humbling and enriching experience for me to learn the writing process of other independant film-makers. It’s a reassuring reminder to know and acknowledge that the writing process is meant to (and forever will) be a struggle.

Of course, we’ve covered the differences in approach between screenwriting for an animated film vs live action film, namely the animation writing process can and should be done both in words and drawings – writing and storyboarding. We’ve also identified that they are fundamentally very similar in terms of having to be constantly aware of the character’s motivations, dramatic arc, introducing twists etc. and more importantly the reason why we even want the tell the story.

I hope the young writers were as inspired as I was when I listened to the stories shared by others and go on to create their very own films!

A few of us animators visited a VR Arcade (the first in Singapore) at Marina Square last month through Eugene’s recommended. We were there to try out the VR technology with Google Tilt Brush to see how we can implement that into the process of our animation work and to provide some feedback. Roy and Moo showed us some great hospitility!

Painted this music-reactive-eyebrowed-rooster while I was there, and played some VR games toward the end of the video. I see the potential in this technology and I’ll definitely push some RND of this technology at my studio (I started a 3D production studio recently, but I’ve been too busy to blog about it; so more on that next time)

Rooster VR Painting - Google Tilt Brush - Ronald Fong (1) Rooster VR Painting - Google Tilt Brush - Ronald Fong (2) Rooster VR Painting - Google Tilt Brush - Ronald Fong (3)