Diploma in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
Short Film Title:
Aydee Dzukrie, Faris Aqil Razak, Troy Tay, Eileen Chee, Alan Chia Poh Lun
Wesley Wong (email@example.com)
Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, Nuke
Our short film is about Adam, who has been trying to get himself into a stable relationship with a girl, but his tacky methods of flirting have driven away more damsels instead of drawing them to him. He consults a friend to help him in getting a perfect date, and in return she sets him up on a blind date. Adam is matched with a single young woman, Jenn, who faces the same situation. The thing about Jenn is that she lacks understanding on figurative language, which puts Adam in a difficult position as he intends to use catchy pick-up lines to get her to swoon over him. Jenn takes whatever Adam says the wrong way and eventually she realises that he is a disturbing man that should be avoided.
The initial concept of the story is very different from the current one that we have confirmed. We made changes to the ending as we felt that the first one was out of place with the style of our film. It ended with Adam being thirsty and started to get hallucinations of the sea being a vast puddle of blueberry juice. He then proceeded to the sea to drown himself in hopes of making himself dehydrated. Jenn, realizing that Adam is unaware of his actions, followed him to the sea and dragged him out of the waters, and then telling him to speak ‘normally’ as he uses a lot of figurative language. We felt like this ending was abrupt and lacks content.
We also got feedback from our supervisor (Wesley), stating that he did not understand the conclusion and was worried that our audience will face the same. We then proceeded to improve on it by making Adam feeling demoralized by what Jenn said and left her angrily. Jenn tried to reconcile by immediately sending him a text message asking him for dinner the following weekend. Adam smiled and went back to Jenn, and they both walked off to the sunset.
Since the genre of our short film is romantic-comedy, we felt like it is better to utilize the 5-minute limit of the assignment by implementing comedic elements so that it is consistent for the viewers to keep track, rather than having a dramatic episode at the end, where the audience will be taken aback and most likely get confused.
We then came up with a script that circles around Jenn’s involvement in a music competition. Adam continues to use expressive words and idioms such as ‘ants in pants’, ‘break a leg’ and ‘don’t be a chicken’ while talking to Jenn regarding the competition. Jenn understood it negatively and feels that Adam is creeping her out, resulting in her leaving him. Everyone agreed that the new ending is feasible and has more potential of making people laugh than the previous drafts so we went ahead with it.
The latest script is also more hassle-free in terms of production as it has omitted the part where Adam goes to the sea to drown himself. We were worried about this because it might be costly and risky for us to carry it out as our equipment might get damaged and it poses a great risk to the cast playing Adam.
Aydee enrolled in Singapore Polytechnic in 2013 after completing his ‘O’ Levels, choosing Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics as his field of study. After watching a video on YouTube titled ‘Rewind YouTube Style 2012’, Aydee was inspired by the production value of the video and intends to pursue a career in video making. He looked through catalogues by various polytechnics to find the perfect course and eventually he chose SP because he felt that studying film in DVEMG is like killing two birds with one stone. He believed that he would obtain knowledge in many aspects of visual arts such as compositing, graphic design, videography, and video editing.
In the first semester of his third year, he signed with Oak3 Films for a mandatory Industrial Training Programme. During his time as an intern in the TV production company, he was assigned to become an art assistant, a motion graphics artist and a production assistant. He has contributed to a drama telemovie ‘Spelling Armadillo 2’ and ‘Jalan SG50’, a Malay-language documentary. The knowledge and skills he have acquired from his internship programme was what he equipped prior to embarking his journey to his Final Year Project in the upcoming semester.
Throughout his years in SP, he discovered his interest in motion graphic design. From what he have understood, producing a two-dimensional motion graphics sequence only requires two softwares; Adobe Illustrator for illustrating and Adobe After Effects for animating. Apart from the ease of obtaining these mediums, getting used to the straightforward features of the programmes is also not an issue. Considering the situation in Singapore, he considers this as a viable career path after graduation.
“I study my own stuff more than other people’s which is a terrible admission of some kind of ego, but that’s how I feel I can make progress by setting the mistakes and successes of my past.” -Rick Owens
Journalism, fitness, designing, music, travelling, playing video games, cooking and eating.
- Music Matters Live with HP (2013)
- SP@60 (2014)
- USS Halloween Horror Nights 4 (2014)
- Internship with Oak3 Films (2015)
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“Everyone is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid” – Albert Einstein
Faris first became interested in video making when he stumbled upon JACKSGAP from YouTube. The content they create stems from a love of travelling & storytelling which coincidentally is what he was passionate about. He wanted to know the process of creating quality content in hopes that I will be able to replicate or even best their works. This is why he chose to go to polytechnic instead or Junior College.
- Spend hours on YouTube watching documentaries & travel vlogs
- Experienced in tackling leadership positions in various groups and organisations
- Other hobbies include Movies, Anime, K-pop, Football and Travelling
- Music Matters – Photographer (2013)
- Halloween Horror Night 4 @ USS – Effects Makeup Artist (2014)
- YouTube Fan fest – Videographer (2014)
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Fresh out of Secondary School, Troy hadn’t had a clue on where to go after seeing his results. He initially entered Singapore Polytechnic’s Engineering course believing that it would be an area he would be interested in. After a half a year in, he finally realised that his passion was in filmmaking, and thus initiated his transfer into his current course of Visual Effects and Motion Graphics.
In the course, he was faced with the decision of doing production or post-production, hence having acquired some skills in editing and doing Motion Graphics & Visual Effects in Premiere Pro and After Effects respectively.
It was only during internship, he was exposed more into the production side of film making and thus gained a particular interest in being a grip as he has more of an inclination towards lighting and rigging.
After national service, he intends to continue freelancing as a junior grip to further develop my lighting and rigging exposure and he plans to continue with his peers in developing their Youtube Channel, “KillerWhale Productions”, so that they can expose the Singaporean YouTube community that there is more than one way to make videos, especially in a narrative sense.
- Adaptive Practical Learning
- Trained in Offline Editing on Premiere Pro
- Freelance Jr Grip
- Long Distance Longboarding
- Bass Singer in A Capella
- Anderson’s Mall – Best Use of Character, 48 Hours Competition (2015)
- 50 Kisses – Production Assistant, Jr Grip (2015)
- Webmaster in SP Daiko Drummer (2014)
- Participated in AcaChamps (2013)
- Class Leader (2013)
- Sports Club FOC 2013 – Organising Committee Member, Assistant Secretary (2013)
Art and designing had always inspired her ever since a young age. Drama production piqued her curiosity when she was in Primary school which aspired her to pursue a career in this industry then on. She took her first step when she entered secondary school, joining the Drama Club and picking up relevant skills such as make-up, prop crafting and stage performing skills. In 2011, she was nominated the president of the Drama Club in her secondary school and led her club to participate in the Singapore Youth Festival 2012, after I had stepped down.
After graduating from secondary school, she decided to expand her knowledge of art designing by joining the cosplay community and enhanced my skills. She decided to pick up DVEMG in Singapore Polytechnic as it fulfils her interests in both film-producing as well as special effects make-up. Creating post-effects with softwares was new to me whichsheI had also taken interest in, although she was not as experienced in that field. Till date, she is still passively pursuing her passion in make-up and prop-making but she is also taking more opportunities to learn more significant skills along the way.
As part of her interest as well as my knowledge from my course of study, she aspires to be a designer as she takes interest in the field of art and designing and look forward to learning new skills upon graduation.
- Writing scripts, short stories and fanfiction
- Experience in prop-crafting and costume-making
- Ability to pick up skills easily
- Other hobbies includes playing music, listening to music, playing computer games and watching movies
- Final Year Project Art Director (2015-2016)
- Featured in Straits Times for Cosplaying/Prop-making (2015)
- SG50 National Day Parade: Media Crew (2015)
- Halloween Horror Nights 4 : Make-up Artist (2014)
- Singapore Polytechnic Theatre Compass Production : Prop Department (2014)
- Singapore Polytechnic Open House Production : Make-up Artist (2013)
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“An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.” – James Whistler
“If you want something you never had, You have to do something you never done.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you.” – Mark Cuban
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” – Albert Einstein
After reading all the quotes above, you would have an overall understanding about him.
He was from Institute of Technical Education (ITE). While he was in the “Nitec” level, he knew that he needs to take a calculated risk to try out for Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics as he did not wish to continue on to “Higher Nitec”. Thankfully, he was accepted into the said course in Singapore Polytechnic as a student and found out that it provides an amazing pool of learning resources to improve his future endeavours.
As an entrepreneur and a student of DVEMG, he would love to further and improve my knowledge in Visual Effects and set a goal to create more job opportunities for the visual effects students in Singapore. He would also like to work with other industry overseas where they are more established and more resourceful, so that I can bring massive value and improve the VFX industry in Singapore to a higher scale.
- 2D/3D Compositing
- Modelling in Autodesk Maya
- Experienced in running platforms and businesses and consulting
- Other hobbies includes Movies, Games and Reading
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