Warning: Lengthy blog post. ∠( ᐛ 」∠)＿
It is the start of another week! ( ᐛ )و We will still be doing the painting of assets for about 3 days. Then, we will move on to test shooting with kit lens on Thursday. (Hopefully, since we’re still behind schedule)
This day was not any different from any other days since we started painting last week. To have some entertainment during the painting, we actually listened (NOT WATCH BECAUSE WE’RE WORKING) some short videos on Youtube and they were pretty funny. No, actually, we laughed a lot. We got warned to keep the volume down. Sorry!
Geekstrux gave us a whole package of macha kitkats. A whole package!! Thank you so much٩(♡ε♡ )۶!! We probably got sugar rush & ended up singing the Nyan Neko Sugar Girls ending song.Progress was slow (as usual). We also used up all the alcohol swabs near the end of the day, which was the cleaning device for acrylic paint. Thus, we had to do the painting very carefully to avoid any mistakes. ( ´_ﾉ` )
Today, the missing member Sarah Mak came back (but she was late for 10 minutes++!! On her first day!! (╬ﾟ◥益◤ﾟ) feel the anger!!1!!!) She still suffers from jet-lag so we forgave her.(Gross refers to the photography skills not Sarah because that’s personal attacks, we’re not mean people at all┌(=^‥^=)┘)
She did bring some Polish stuff for everyone. We had chocolates, ginger bread and ornamental souvenirs. Thanks! (∩˃o˂∩)Ms. Erica told us to change/refine/nitpick on the completed cups, since they were cloudy from alcohol swabs, and fuzzy edges that shows up WAY TOO WELL on camera. Thank you Mr. Ellery for taking time to look at our cups so we can improve◟(◔ั₀◔ั )◞ ༘♡
We went for early lunch. Although Michelle kept saying that she can survive with beans and wheat crackers, we forced her to eat at Koufu with us. Fresh food is better than snacks, right? (*thinks of the chicken crackers DinoSoar gave us last week*) UH YEAH! =͟͟͞͞( °∀° )☛The seating arrangement also changed. We no longer sat on the floor, and had individual color palettes. We should have made a paint mixing video, since those are popular on Instagram (ASMR??).
We stayed back until 9p.m for the first time, since Mr. Joshua said to us yesterday that it’s better to speed up on the second week than rush on the third week (•‾⌣‾•)و ̑̑♡
Our ambassador, Mr. GengHui also visited us today. He has awesome photography skills! He took our group photo & painted cup photos. We heard from Mr. GengHui that he also had stop-motion experiences with paper, so that was interesting! He was involved in this competition since N.E.6, but this season was the first for him as an ambassador. ( ˊᵕˋ )♡.°⑅ Have a look out for his posts on us and the other N.E.Mation! 11 Top 10 teams.
Special thanks to Wei Ting for helping us out today! ( •ॢ◡-ॢ)-♡ Sorry because we keep playing that song.
Sarah Mak is late again this time she’s late by 30 minutes. (°ㅂ° ╬)
(“Sorry!” screams Sarah while Wang Lei quivers with rage)
Meanwhile, Karen continues to play that song, much to the annoyance of Sarah.
From the NYP lounge to the MRT station, that song is everywhere. WE CANNOT ESCAPE IT!!!!!! Even NE9 alumni Isabella and Wei Ting CANNOT ESCAPE THIS HORROR ヽ(#ﾟДﾟ)ﾉ!!
Thankfully, Michelle suggested to listen to Welcome to Nightvale later in the evening. (Ms Erica sighs with relief, “This is the calmest thing you’re listening to in two weeks.”)
We got a radio interview today with DJ Charmaine from Power98 FM. You can listen to it here. Yay!
Afterwards, Mr. John Tan from Tech4Tea visited us for some quick updates. He also took some progress photos… This time, Sarah was present so she got an individual photo too. Keep a look out on his site and various social media for updates regarding our progress!!ヾ(｡･ω･)ｼ
We stayed back up to 9pm today! After sitting on chairs for one day, everyone except Wang Lei decided to migrate back to the ground. Wang Lei believes that sitting on the floor will lead to a bigger butt. Which may or may not be scientifically accurate.
“Who’s that loner?”
— Someone at some point of time when peeking inside the tent. Wang Lei was the only one sitting on a chair at the other end of the tent.
After debrief, we celebrated the birthdays of the November and December babies! (“I’M NOT A BABY!” Wang Lei shouts as Karen screams internally.)
We had an awesome tasty supercalifragilisticexpialidocious caramel cake! Michelle ran up to take the last slices as she firmly believes in not wasting food.
Special thanks to Wei Ting for helping us out today again!! \ \ \٩(｡•ㅅ•｡)و/ / / She had gotten used to the strange music we play.
Today we FINALLY finished up painting of assets in the afternoon, which was a bit late. But we finished anyway. Ah, the feeling of relief… We finished painting 50+ cups!!
We moved on to positioning the backgrounds inside the cups. Unfortunately, we had to throw away and reprint lots of backgrounds since they were not aligned properly! （；¬＿¬)
Next, we started test-shooting with the kit lens.Since we’re doing the stop motion technique, we need to rotate some cups slightly while making sure other cups stay still in every frame. Looks like we need lots of patience for the next week. Although coordinating the shots is really tedious, we managed to take a few photos before the end of the day o(｀・∀・´)○
Special thanks to Wei Ting because she helped us today too!! SHE’S SUPER MEGA AWESOME ଘ(੭ˊ꒳ˋ)੭✧ଘ(੭ˊ꒳ˋ)੭✧ଘ(੭ˊ꒳ˋ)੭✧
Today is a whole day of test-shooting. We will also be watching out for any unsightly flaws on the cups, so we can fix it before the real shooting begins. We started with a scene that we tried yesterday.
Unfortunately, when we started to shoot the second scene, we discovered a mistake. The order of expressions for a cup was wrong!!1!!! Σ ( Д )ﻌﻌﻌﻌ⊙ ⊙ (This emoticon shows the shock of the discovery, which caused our eyeballs to drop onto the ground.) SO MICHELLE HAD TO FIX IT. (WE’RE NOT TARGETING HER IT’S HER CUP)
We managed to finish one scene of animating, but the animation was jittery! Ms Erica said that its only 70% of the quality needed for the actual production (⊙︿⊙✿) Looks like we need to be more meticulous next week!
“So this can be called Big Mistake Number 1.”
(I hope there’s no Number 2 and so on…)
— Michelle Khor 2016(๑･`▱´･๑)
Hopefully we can rest well during the weekend and fine-tune our animation! Looking forward to next week! o(≧∇≦o)
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