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Title: I am a superhero
Medium: “Motion ” + Effect /DVD
Designing simple effects using motion picture (i.e. video)
Theme: Movie with an effect (at least one superpower effect: for example, time freeze, or time reverse).
Objective of the exercise:
•Moving from a static movement video to a full motion picture.
•Making effects in a video
Here’s some power effects found on Youtube… haha, that guy is quite quite actually~
Super blue flames power
Walking through the door
Head exploding… abit gross
My favourite power witches
VIDEO 1 BEHIND THE SCENES (26/27 MARCH 2011)
OK, I don’t know what is this called in English, but Chinese called it 定装, aka to try out the outfit and confirm the attire… Of course la, we not that professional, it’s just me taking photos of all the different outfit in different areas… And also some behind the scene photos…
Expensive Helium ballooooons…
Woohoo… I should take a photo after dragging it here from IMM
The Biz people look~
The computing look… oops…
The engineering look
Saying goodbye to the mahjong paper, aka SDE
Yea, one more down!
I was here… says the mahjong paper
National University of Stairs
Matching tees… We are actually preparing for National Day parade… patriotic right?
DON’T FLY LAR….
When he’s famous, these photos will worth a lot… heehee
Ok, should take more…
I was here….
We had difficulty completing the shot in a day, so we decided to continue on Sunday. BUT, the balloon burst on the second day and the sky starts to darken, which in the end, we couldn’t get anything done. 😦
Special Effects and Visual Effects are often integrated in a drama/ clip, so I just chose some of my favourite shows and caption the parts where special effects /visual effects are used…
There are simply too many!
eg. Ultraman (miniature monsters are used); Titanic (miniature ship is used to film the “wide angle” of the sinking of the ship); The matrix, Spiderman etc etc…
In here, there’s a mixture of Special Effects and Visual Effects
For this clip, it’s mainly special effects (filmed in 1999)
For this clip, it’s mainly visual effects (The super powers etc)
Something interesting and amusing…
My Final Work….
I’m kinda proud of myself, cuz I managed to figure out the basic stuff of After effects before I approached Jia Xiang for last minute help…
It’s not perfect, there are still some alignment problems, and the animation may be a bit too fast…
But as an advertisement, if it’s too slow, and the clip is too long, it may be a bit boring? Tsk, so contradicting… But working to 5am for this 1min 26s video using After Effects, I felt that I’ve done my very best within my limited limits. lol.
Special Credits to:
Eng Chye (for lending his pants, being the sleeping model and photographer)
Daryl ( for being the most embarrassing model and photographer)
Helen ( for being the pretty model -wearing the ‘shiny’ bejeweled shirt and photographer)
Terrence (for being the handsome photographer and model)
Jia Xiang (for teaching me how to do music remix and doing it for me! lol)
Me, myself and I (for completing the video on time!)
=> Image 2/3 (I realised that there will be a problem with the continuity with a portrait photo, so I had to edit to make it a landscape… So… ta-daa….
The landscape version of image 2/3 (*hint hint: look at the odd wires and differing shades on top)
Image 5: Coloured version of the media trends… by using multiply on photoshop 🙂
Image 6: Chosen photo! Did you spot any difference in this photo? lol?
Image 7: DA Bejeweled screen
Image 8: Photoshop photoshop…
Image 9: The SUPER looooooooooooooooooong image…(It was 10,000cm!) Cuz all in hi-res!
Image 10: After effects image in after effects… the background blend in soooo well that it was difficult for me to find the screen!
Image 11: Me me me!
Image 12: Final screen~ 🙂
Here are some of the unedited photos we took during the recess week… Plenty of editing to do!
There are some photos which are backup versions, in case one doesn’t work out (Storyboard 1 and 2)
These looooong series of photos are for the Research aspect of CNM… (See the frame at the last photo?) It’s for linking to the next one!
Helen, her handsome bf, Daryl and me~ Trying to take some shots for Photos… Poor Daryl doesn’t know how to use a DSLR, had difficulty with the depth of the photos. lol. The shirt I bought to resemble Bejeweled was too loose for me, so I got Helen to wear it…
Thanks Helen!! 🙂
Eng Chye getting the easiest job, just to lie down to sleep… He’s da GAME DESIGNer… and me, for the last shot…. We took most of the photos in the USP Cyberarts studio… and guess what I found? A rendering in progress paper… Just nice for my photo huh? What a great coincidence!
This is a last minute makeup shot I got my friend to do on the 5th March @ CNM Meeting Room as I missed up some stuff during the previous photoshoot. The photos will be either blurred, or there will be missing photo frame for linking etc…
SCRIPT FOR CNM ADVERTISEMENT VIDEO (2)
(O.S) This is a video guide to teach employers how to spot a CNM student in plain English
(O.S) These days, it is so easy to find a graduate in Singapore. Walk on the streets of Orchard road, the chances of approaching someone with a degree is like one out of four. And they are all after ONE thing – A Job!
So how do you identify a Communications and New Media student from the crowd?
(O.S) The first step: How to Identify a CNM student
(O.S) Let’s take this Tom here as an example, a normal graduate. Now, let’s look at Tom as a CNM student.
(O.S) Notice how bright the eyes are, and the head, is larger than normal graduates due to the unusual amount of creativity in it.
(O.S) Hands, always constantly on the move, either on a smartphone, laptop or even on a sketchpad. This is the symptom of an over-dosage of creativity. They simply can’t stop!
(O.S) A CNM student is actually a superman in disguise, he can perform the duties of a journalist or a public relations or advertising practitioner, yet comfortable with visual design and content production for digital media—e.g. online publications, blogs, podcasts virtual communities, interactive advertising, practically everything FUN.
(O.S) Second Step: Where to find them?
(O.S) You can’t.
(O.S) A fully-evolved CNM graduate would have been snatched away the moment they step out of school. This is because , they are be able to work in a wide spectrum of private corporations, public agencies, non-profit organizations and media-related industries in policy formulation, public relations, corporate communication, media relations, media design, games design, journalism and research and information management positions, among others.
(O.S) They are wanted EVERYWHERE.
So, you can’t simply grab them of the streets just like that!
(O.S) Third Step: What to do to GET them?
(O.S) There are a small group of pre-evolved CNM students carefully selected by our sharp and experienced lecturers. These students are usually found in a place called the National University of Singapore, and the CNM department keeps a record of the list of evolving students.
(O.S) Want to search for them yourself?
(O.S) Beware, you may find many students along your way, playing games on Facebook or even working on their smartphones. They are just the normal students pretending to be a CNM student.
(O.S) Communications and New Media (CNM) at the National University of Singapore is the ONLY programme in Southeast Asia which offers media studies, interactive media design and communication management with a focus on new media.
(O.S) Can you spot them yet?
SCRIPT FOR NUS MTV VIDEO (1)
INT. PRINCE GEORGE’S PARK RESIDENCE – DAY
A beautiful morning when the leaves are wet with dew. Birds are singing. Music on
The girl and the boy wake up and come out of the room. Meet 2 friends at the children playground and pick up balloons from them. One balloon for each
EXT. PRINCE GEORGE’S PARK RESIDENCE – DAY
The boy and the girl split at the main entrance. Each runs in opposite direction
Transition: NUS Map showing 2 dots moving in opposite direction. Boy’s dot: Blue. Girl’s dot: Orange
INT. MOCHTAR RIADY BUILDING – DAY
Girl is in 2nd floor of Mochtar Riady building. Pick up balloon flying up from a friend at 1st floor.
Take picture with a friend in Business attire outside the building
Transition: NUS map showing 2 dots moving. The boy’s dot (blue) is in School of Dentistry (The text above the blue dot reads “School of Dentistry”). Zoom in the blue dot.
EXT. SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY- DAY
Boy comes into School of Dentistry; meets a friend in dentist attire holding a document in his hand; at a board of “Donors of Faculty of Dentistry”. Boy picks up a blue balloon from friend and takes a photo.
Transition: NUS Map showing 2 dots moving in opposite direction. The girl’s dot (orange) is in School of Computing (The text above the orange dot reads “School of Computing”). Zoom in the orange dot.
INT. SCHOOL OF COMPUTING – DAY
Girl goes into a computer lab room where many SOC students are mugging. Girl sees a friend coding with an orange balloon hangs on his laptop. The friend wears thick SOC windbreaker and jeans. Girl comes to say Hi and they take picture at the wall with the SOC logo that reads “School of Computing”
INT. SCHOOL OF SCIENCE- DAY
Boy goes into a laboratory room where many Science students are doing the experiment. Boy sees a friend making a blue balloon come out of his glass container. Boy comes to say Hi, picks up the balloon and they take a picture together.
Transition: Zoom into the blue balloon. The blue color fades into the orange color
EXT. FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES – DAY
Zoom out of the orange balloon to see Girl running in the walkway outside FASS. Girl passes the walkway between FASS and Central Library, stops to look at the FASS logo on the floor.
INT. CENTRAL LIBRARY – DAY
Girl runs into Central Library, walks around the bookshelves at Level 3, sees a notebook lying on the floor with an orange balloon tied to it. Girl picks up the notebook and reads “See you there!!!”
Girl takes a picture with a friend taking a nap in an armchair
Transition: Zoom into the red chair, fade into the NUS map showing 2 dots moving. The boy’s dot (blue) is in University Hall (The text above the blue dot reads “University”). Zoom in the blue dot.
EXT. UNIVERSITY HALL- DAY
Boy is running down the Spiral staircase in University Hall. He passes by a beautiful garden outside University Hall. Boy runs out of University Hall.
EXT. NUS FIELD & SRC- DAY
Boy passes the NUS field. Boy runs into the SRC swimming pool, meets a friend taking a sunbath. Boy picks up another blue balloon from friend. They take a photo together.
EXT. SCHOOL OF DESIGN & ENVIRONMENT – DAY
Girl runs out of SDE. While running in the walkway between SDE and Engineering, girl finds an Engineering friend hiding behind a big tree, wearing a yellow helmet and holding an orange balloon. Girl comes to say Hi, pick up the balloon and they run around the trees on the hill.
EXT. FACULTY OF ENGINEERING – DAY
They pass the big staircase outside the Engineering Faculty. They take picture at the main entrance of Engineering Faculty
Transition: Zoom into the yellow helmet. Fade into the Yong Siew Toh school
EXT. YONG SIEW TOH CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC- DAY
Boy runs around the Yong Siew Toh building, meets a friend playing guitar with a balloon tied to his guitar. Boy comes nearer to pick up the blue balloon. Boy stops for a while to sing a song with the friend and take a photo together
Transition: Zoom into the guitar. Fade into the NUS map showing 2 dots at the same place, which reads “University Cultural Centre”
EXT. UNIVERSITY CULTURAL CENTRE- DAY
Boy, Girl and friends come out of the UCC building. They are dancing outside the UCC building. Boy comes to give Girl a hug. When they stand next to each other, the pictures on their T-shirt make a heart shape.
Final scene: they let go of 10 balloons into the sky. Camera follows the balloon soaring. The balloons fade into the NUS logo and the slogan (“NUS, where many hearts come to”/ or whatever)