Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Under National Spotlight

Imagine being involved in filming videos, creating motion graphics and designing a cool-looking bag for a ‘live’ national event that would be shown to hundreds of thousands of people? More than 30 Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) students experienced them, marking the Poly’s biggest participation in the National Day Parade (NDP) to date.

Shobanu d/o Visvanathan
Year 3, Diploma in Mass Media Management
School of Business Management
Member of NYP team that produced the profile video featuring the Parade Commander and Parade Regimental Sergeant Major

Shobanu (second from left) with her team mates
“It was an enriching experience to be able to apply the video production skills I had learnt in school into a video that would be watched by hundreds of thousands of people. Filming in military camps where some areas were restricted, picking out the right shots to put together a video that would make a lasting impression, all required us to be innovative. Time management was also crucial as we had to ensure our school projects were not neglected.

There were many special moments and the camaraderie we built during the project was one key highlight for me. The shoots were long and tiring but we had one other to fall back on for support. I am very thankful that my school gave us this opportunity. We couldn’t have asked for a better platform to apply and showcase our skills!”
Shobanu (top row, third from left)  with her team mates and lecturer

Shirlene Loo
Year 3, Diploma in Motion Graphics & Broadcast Design
School of Interactive & Digital Media
Member of NYP team that created the motion graphics for the Reinvent video segment on extreme sports
Shirlene (extreme right)
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to work on such a major project together with the NDP multimedia team, as well as artistes like Gurmit Singh and Selena Tan, and understand how the show was run. It gave me the opportunity to apply what I had learnt in my course to create a thrilling multimedia experience that incorporated visual projection with ‘live’ performance. To ensure that the sports actions in our animation were accurate, we went to the skate park, and creatively placed our cameras on the skaters to capture their point of view when they were skating, roller-blading and doing parkour.

Seeing our video screened on the floating platform, we felt all our hard work had paid off. When people came up to us to compliment our work, we knew we had done our course and School proud.”


Cally Ling Jia Qi
Year 2, Diploma in Industrial Design
School of Design
Member of NYP team that designed the NDP funpack

Cally (middle, in long sleeved red shirt)
“Since NDP, my team mates and I have been thrilled to see so many people of different ages carrying the bag we had designed, the way it was intended to be used. We had worked hard for months trying to perfect the design, wanting to make sure that the bag would appeal to everyone. This called for us to be innovative and flexible in our design styles.

The team worked well together and we had fun working on the project. To me, the best part was sitting down together to brainstorm and discuss the design, where everyone shared their ideas, opinions and experiences. During these discussions, we got to learn from one another. Thanks to this NDP funpack project, we had our chance to shine as designers.”

Shirlene, Shobanu and Cally enjoyed their memorable adventure on the national stage. What’s yours? Come choose your own adventure at the NYP Open House from 9 to 11 Jan 2014!

Published in the December 2013 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.

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