1st September marks the initial step into the nerve-wrecking 1 week selection period for the selected teams involved.
Our Top 100 teams gathered at the Auditorium of Nanyang Polytechnic for a briefing and introduction on what to expect on their N.E.mation! Journey!
Each team got to snap a commemorative group photo (which you can view in this album!) with photobooth elements which allowed them to write their team name and messages!
Following that, the teams are ushered into the auditorium where the founders of Animagine Pte Ltd introduced the teams to N.E.mation!’s past seasons and gave them an idea of what to expect with this animation competition.
That aside, we also had some guest speakers take the stage to give the teams more background about animation, how to present themselves and also an indepth look at the SARS epidemic that took Singapore by storm.
The first speaker to take the stage is Mr Jacques Muller, a Nanyang Polytechnic SIDM Lecturer. In his session, he shared interesting tidbits about animation, showcased some of his work from when he was with Disney and also gave the teams an insight into the field of animation, from his own experience.
After that, Ramesh from Adam Khoo took the spotlight and gave the teams a an entertaining yet helpful presentation on how to pitch their best.
His session kept the teams engaged and cheering with his jokes while ensuring that they were picking up on the important skills with impromptu activities scheduled mid-way through.
One of which was to even team up with a student from another school for a sharing session!
Teams were then given a short break to grab a bite and digest all the information they had picked up earlier in the session.
After they were all fueled with some food, the session continued on with some very distinguished guest speakers.
We had the privilege of inviting Mr Chan Yeng Kit, Permanent Secretary (MICA); Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President, NUS and LG Neo Kian Hong, Chief of Defence Force of Singapore to speak to the teams about the various ways that the SARS epidemic had affected Singapore.
As most of the students were too young to remember much when SARS hit back in 2003, they were all well-prepped with questions to pose to our distinguishable guests, to help understand the situation better and refine their story ideas.
After the informative session with our Top 100, we gathered for a group shot before calling it a day!
Stay tuned to catch a glimpse of the Top 100 pitching process and witness how we narrowed it down to the Top 40!