Singapore will have public transport in the form of air transport. Airships are powered by energy-driven helium-filled airships and propelled by fuel-efficient turbines. Vehicles are powered by hydrogen gas and equipped with anti-gravity thrusters. Buildings are coated with solar panels to maximize the absorption of sunlight, which will then be converted to electricity to power the building’s air-conditioning systems.
IM Innovations Pte Ltd has teamed with its industry partner, Temasek Engineering School to organize its first ever 3D graphics & animation competition for secondary school students. Held at TP campus, the theme for the competition was “Singapore 2065”.
Participants of the competition imagined and created slices of life in 2065, 100 years into Singapore’s independence. Capturing it in stills or animation in digital media, participants used MAXON’s professional-grade CINEMA 4D software. In the process, they expressed their dreams, hopes and aspirations for Singapore.
Guest of Honour, MR. B. S. Teh, Vice President, Asia-Pacific Sales & Marketing, Seagate Technologies said, “Besides fostering creativity, this competition also aims to promote and encourage the use of 3D Interactive Digital Media (IDM) among youths today.”
In the preliminary round held on 7 July 2008, a total of 24 teams involving about 100 students took part. In total, there were 40 entries from more than 10 secondary schools.
Entries were original and reflected the students’ thoughts – Singapore holding the world’s one and only water subway that can fetch 5000 commuters, futuristic skyscrapers lining the river, state-of-the-art vehicles hovering in the air, colourful lights sprinkled over the city and many more.
Only six of the top teams qualified for the Grand Finals on 23 Oct 2008, where they presented their masterpieces, showcasing design concepts and technical expertise with CINEMA 4D. Students were given 3 minutes to present their projects. Entries were judged by their originality, aesthetics and technical quality.
Judges comprises of representatives from MAXON, IM Innovations (IM), Temasek Polytechnic (TP), Media Development Authority (MDA), Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and Media Corporation of Singapore.
Managing Director of IM, Mr. Vincent Ong said, “The quality of the entries submitted for both the “Stills” and “Animation” categories of this competition are extremely high. In fact, as a member of the judging panel, I was impressed with the skills and techniques of the student participants. This shows that they have mastered the powerful CINEMA 4D software, and were able to use it to achieve the desired effects in their creations.”
The Singapore Science Centre will showcase the winning entries at their 3D Gallery. MAXON provided the CINEMA 4D software gift packs for this competition while Hewlett Packard and Seagate co-sponsored the cash prizes, together with MAXON. The competition was supported by the MDA.