by Richard Chai
Recently, I was invited by the Science Centre (Singapore) to be on the panel of judges for the annual Scinemation stop motion animation competition.
For the uninitiated, Stop motion animation is:
The Science Centre's Scinemation stop-motion animation revolves around forming a team of 3-4 persons and creating a short video clip around a central theme within a very short time limit. The competition is open to students and members of the public.
The theme for Scinemation 2013 was "Ensuring a Connected World", a peek into the hidden realm of communications, how it came about, where it is and what might be. Not exactly an easy topic for most people.
Now, how about the quality of the videos created by the Scinemation competitors?
It's probably not possible and unfair to expect competitors to create an elaborate stop-motion video like the one at the top of this post because of the exacting competition conditions. But I'm glad to say that the quality of the competition videos were actually pretty good.
While there were some videos that left the judges scratching the heads in confusion, yet, there were many that impressed us with their "epicness", the beauty of their execution and also those that left us literally laughing-out-loud and rolling-on-the-floor-laughing uncontrollably at their carefully crafted comedy.
Keen to find out more?
Head over to: http://www.science.edu.sg/events/Pages/Scinemation.aspx
it'll probably be updated with the 2014 competition details later this year!