N.E.Mation! 8: The Winners Have Been Announced!

Image courtesy of N.E.Mation flickr


On the 20th of Febuary 2014, 4 students won a once in a lifetime trip to USA, to visit a world class Animation Studio [think Pixar, LucasFilm and Walt Disney] to check out how the professionals make movie grade animations fit for the big screen. And all 5 of the N.E.Mation!8 ambassadors [that's us!] were there to witness the unveiling of the results!


After months of endless workshops, idea generation, pitching and production, it was only fitting that the results of N.E.Mation!8 were released at an equally impressive venue: The National Museum of Singapore. In line with the theme of Total Defence, there were even some actual vehicles that our total defence friends use to protect us on a daily basis, on display outside the entrance of the National Museum of Singapore.


Our friends from the Singapore Civil Defence Force


And even a Protector from our friends in the NAVY


The National Museum of Singapore is huge, and there were other exhibitions going on on that day too. Luckily for us, the organisers did a good job of helping us to orientate ourselves...


Looking for N.E.Mation!8? Just follow the red arrows!


My babygirl cum fellow N.E.Mation!8 Ambassador, Mint Leong, getting registered for the event


Right outside the auditorium was a mini-exhibition of the entire N.E.Mation journey...


From the works of our current finalists...



The actual Monopoly board game that was used in one of the finalist's video



To the history and memories, including the storyboards and props used by some of the finalists from the previous seasons!





Once we got inside the auditorium, you could feel the excitement, hope and anxiety in the air. The students, together with their parents, friends and teachers, were excitedly chatting away, wondering which teams would take the top 3 spots.


Image courtesy of N.E.Mation flickr


And before we knew it, all the seats had been filled up and the show had commenced!





But wait, what were those colourful tubes sticking out from the goodie bags placed on each of the seats?


Well, they are called boomsticks! They may look like 2 simple, ordinary plastic tubes... And in fact, they are. But in line with this year's theme of "Because You Played A Part", with just some simple guidance and instructions from the people who put them there, we managed to create our very own makeshift orchestra after just a few minutes of practice! Check out our performance!


So cool right?


We had an opening speech by Minister for Social and Family Development, 2nd Minister for Defence, Mr Chan Chun Sing, before diving straight into the results.


Image courtesy of N.E.Mation flickr


All 10 teams were reintroduced to the audience again on stage, and had their videos shown on a high definition screen, before taking their places in anticipation for the results.


The suspense was killing me... And probably more so for the finalists on stage...


The 7 consolation prizes were given out to first, before revealing the results of the top 3. So without further ado, I present to you the top 3 winners of this year's N.E.mation!8...


Image taken from nemation.sg


Congratulations to the girls from Tanglin Secondary School! They will be walking [flying] away with a trip to USA to a world class Animation Studio! In fact, there was even a joke going around that the 1st Runner Up prize was "better" than the Top Prize as it included an iPad Mini. Check out all their videos on the N.E.mation official website!


In any case, congratulations to all the top 10 finalists. You are already winners by getting this far into the competition! Here's a shot of Mr Chan with the finalists amidst the chaos of celebrations going on both on and off the stage.





And of course, you wouldn't think that I forgot about my 2 teams WayneStarkCo and Hashtag right? You guys and girls are all already winners in my opinion. You won more than just a trophy and some prizes, but more importantly, an experience of overcoming a challenging journey that nobody can ever take away from you in the future!


Do cherish this special bond you have formed with your buddies over these few months, and strive to achieve greater heights!


The ever-joyful girls from WayneStarkCo, Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)



The fun-loving boys from Hashtag, School of Science and Technology 



But wait. The finalists were not the only ones receiving prizes on that day... All the N.E.mation Ambassadors were also awarded with some shopping vouchers for our efforts throughout the entire campaign! [Yay! Shopping!]


We had our own mini prize presentation for the various Ambassador prizes such as:
- Overall Best Blogger
- Best Social Media Effort
- Best Blog Post
- Student Favourite
and more...


So you must be wondering if I won anything. Well, they say a picture speaks a thousand words, so I'll let this picture speak for itself.




Yay! I won the Best Blog Post award! In fact, all the ambassadors won something this year! [$$$ Amounts have been removed for obvious reasons] Looks like it's time to go shopping!


In fact, Mint and I headed out immediately after the awards ceremony to get something that we had been looking forward to for a long time. I'm sure the salesman was shocked when he asked "How are you paying?" and we replied "By Vouchers!". Can you guess what we bought?



Well, that's it for N.E.mation!8. I would like to thank the organisers of N.E.mation and Animagine Productions for giving me the chance to be part of this wonderful experience. We'll see you again next year for N.E.mation!9!

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