2D: Ego. [Final + Process]

To design equations that describe about ourselves.


We were given a lot more room for creativity in this project as there was no restriction on type of medium.

These were some ideas I had while brainstorming:


Idea 1: was to tell a very personal side of me


Idea 2: To represent myself with animals

Idea 1: Initally, I went straight into describing myself with random details about my personality. However, I felt there wasnt a strong overarching idea that ties the 4 different equations together as a whole and decided to ditch it. (which I realise was a big mistake and very unnecessary)

Idea 2: I decided to string the 4 equations together by listing them in a consecutive format:

Lazy me + exams = NERVOUS ME

Nervous me + Result Day =SAD ME

Sad me + Watch F.R.E.I.E.N.D.S = HAPPY ME

Happy me + Intellectual me = ACCOMPLISHED ME


I wanted to use animals to represent myself solely because I like to illustrate animals. At this point of time, I’ve decided to try watercolour. I wasnt sure if this was a good move. But my intention was to try a different medium from the usual design projects. (usually, I would use illustrator/photoshop for design projects.) Here was a try-out for one of the image:


Draft of Colours (for final ideas)

Draft of Colours (for final ideas)

Instead of limiting myself to a fixed set of colours, I decided to use a range of similar colours in one image. Such as the graphic illustrations by Joey Chou

I decided to push it a little further in terms of my idea and use the animals to represent random stuff about my ADM/University life:

Idea 2.1

Idea 2.1

I felt that the use of University life as a shared experience with my experience. This became a problem as I felt that it lacked a personal voice. Bad move!

I ditched my ideas. AGAIN.

This time round, I decided talk to someone to discuss about it as I felt that I was too cooped up with my own ideas and self-restrictions. (I find talking with people is a very good way to generate ideas)

I talked to my mum as she knows me best. She started to recall some interesting episodes about me which describes my personality. One of it was my bad tamtrums I had while attending music class at 4 years old. Back then, my mum was the typical kiasu mum who decided to send me to music class despite me never showing interest in it. I did like drawing but she felt drawing classes were a waste of money. (like I could make money with music???) I on the other hand, would have nasty tantrums before every lessons.

While I’m no longer forced to attend classes I dislike now, I still witness such experiences in my students when I teached art to young kids on Saturdays. I would encounter students who just rebels and dont do the work given. As much as it is frustrating to handle such students, i can empathise with their frustrations.

Hence I decided to tell a story on the reversed roles I had taken up in life.

1. Student – Teacher

2. Local – Tourist


Final ideas

The difference of being a local and being a tourist was something I experience I had pretty recent and think about it from time to time. For 2 days in Melbourne (during recess week), I was alone exploring the city. It was my very first experience of (somewhat) ‘solo travel’ and it really made me see myself and my home country from very different perspective.

Way before when I travelled lesser, I often find Singapore really bleak and skyscrapers everywhere. I was very much caught up in my comfortable world. Hence, i decided to use bleak colour tones to represent Singapore and place myself in a ‘Singapore globe’. I include as much reference about Singapore in my design.

My second image is toying with the fact that Singapore is always known for being a 24/7 summer city to most tourist. I used more cheerful and bright colours for the image and blue to represent the ever sunny sky in Singapore. I didnt want to be bias to any nationality hence, I decided to represent them with aliens entering via UFO.

The outcome of me lacking exposure to the outside world and often leads me to share about my home country from facts I picked up from Social studies class. I decided to insert humour here and portray it as a political poster. I strongly referenced the Chinese revolutionary posters in their use of visual reference. The use of intense red represent the burning passion for one’s country and the radiating lines clearly put across the figure of idolisation. Once again, I included as much reference about Singapore such as me donned in a Kebaya (signature uniform of SIA) and holding up a Singlish book.

Moving on to the next equation, I am portrayed as a tourist. Hence, the sun hat and some architecture in the background. The pale yet bright colours was to represent the sense of ‘fresh and foreign’ when in a foreign country.

Me falling from into the waters where lies a city beneath was a reference to the metaphor ‘fish out of water’. To me, being IN the water is ‘out of water’ as I am slow in adapting to new environments. The blue was to represent the sense of strangeness I feel when I am in a foreign place for the first time.

Lastly, was the outcome of learning more about my country when overseas. When overseas, I often can’t help but start comparing it with Singapore. This was especially so about the public transport in Singapore and Melbourne. Back in Singapore, I would get frustrated when there are train delays or waiting time is more than 5min. But I realised I had taken such convenience for granted when in Melb where buses runs on timetable (which means missing a bus would result in another 30 min wait for the next one) and intervals between train service are about 15 min. Both countries are major cities yet things can still be very different. This made me cherish the convenience of travel back in Singapore a lot more. (Melb is still a beautiful place btw!)

So here is a picture of my overall work:


4 years old who loves drawing + attending music lesson I dislike = me feeling very tied up
19 year old me who do art + teach art to young kids = feel like I’m the one tying them down (esp those who dislike drawing)
comfotable me as a Singaporean + meeting foreigners in our sunny island = sharing about my country in a chauvinistic POV
me as a tourist + going new places = sees my country from a new POV

[4D Final Assignment] Halloween Gone Wrong

Nick is an ostracised freshman in school due to his sloppiness and lack of motivation in life. He tries to make friends but always ends up in rejection, leading him to be labelled as a weirdo in school. In a desperate attempt to make friends, he attended the school’s Halloween party as a vampire but turns out to be a feeble attempt when he caught his friends gossiping about him. Realising that his last ditch of effort had went a waste, Nick isolates himself in the washroom and stares at his reflection in the mirror as he questions his identity. The emotional turmoil from constant rejections starts to turn him into a psychopath as he sees himself as a real vampire. Wearing the identity of a vampire, he began to seek revenge on his friends. The revenge started as a means to display his prowess but gradually turn nasty. He starts hunting them and taking them down one by one.

Actor: Nevin (Main)
Cameraman: Jafri and Nevin
Screenplay: Nevin and Jafri
Storywriter: YuQing and Jafri
Production Designer: Yen
Film Editor: Nevin
Logistics: YuQing
So, here’s a timeline of our work progress :
timeline24 Oct: Storyline Discussion

Among all the genres, we decided to work on horror. Firstly, we felt that it was a genre that works to the strength of our team because Yen is well-versed in production design while Jari enjoys working with lighting. Secondly, horror allows us to experiment a lot more with visuals. And lastly, it was a genre that pushes us out of our comfort zone and work on something new to all of us. Honestly speaking, none of us were fans of horror shows except Yen. Nevertheless, we wanted to seize this production as a good learning opportunity for the team.

As a team, we had an endless flow of ideas. We were watching trailers after trailers and discussing horror stories one after another. Ideas were just floating everywhere. Hence, the storywriters had to intervene and filter the ideas and string them into a logical narrative. In the end, we decided to settle on a story that revolves around Halloween as Halloween was just around the corner at the point of discussion. We were also partly inspired by the film ‘The Clown’ – a film where the dad dress as a clown for his son’s birthday party but could not remove it afterwards. The mishap takes a bad turn as the clown costume turns out to be demonic.

However, we decided to change the context such that it resonates with our audience – our classmates. One of the major change was the main character which we wanted him to be a misfit. This idea was from Nevin when he acutely pointed out that misfits had been interesting character archetypes in recent years eg Perks of Being a Wallflower and Big Bang Theory (nerds!). Even Disney movies work with outcasts in their shows.


Our list of reference on Google Doc:
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This is the initially the (brief) story outline we had:

  1. Nick is a very messy and unmotivated freshman who is ostracised by his schoolmates.
  2. However, he wants to make friends (shaping force of story)
  3. Flyer for a Halloween house party given out in school.
  4. X is loner and not invited but picks up a flyer for the party
  5. He’s keen to join. (he smirks at the invitation)
  6. Go home and find an old set of costume in the attic
  7. X tries on the costume. Costume fits him perfectly and completely covers his face.
  8. X goes to party and no one recognises him in the costume.
  9. Overhears a conversation where other people are gossiping about him.
  10. X get angry and leaves the party silently.
  11. Reaches home and want to remove costume but realises he can’t. Costume is stuck on him.
  12. He starts hunting people.He struggles to remove the costume

This story outline gradually took on a more solid form and logical flow in narrative along the way as we film.

We planned out filming scenes in details. However, many of the scenes were not used eventually as we came up with new storyboard along the way.

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24 Oct: Film Footage at Halloween Party

Since OUR school was having a Halloween party, we decided to seize the chance and film footage for our trailer. Jafri and Nevin filmed different students in their costumes and some of the footages were ultimately used in the final trailer. (In a way, we had blurred the line between fiction and reality.)

30 Oct: Act 1 filming at Jafri’s Hall
In order to establish our character as messy, we decided to use Jafri’s hall to show a messy room. As Jafri’s hall was very neat,  we took some effort to mess it up for our main character. It was our first shoot and our progress was pretty slow. A lot of time was spend trying to figure out how to shoot the crane shot smoothly with just Jafri’s arms. #budgetproblems

31 Oct: Act 1 filming in school

Most of the scenes film on this day did not make it into our final trailer as we thought the shots were too long and not impactful enough to establish the character. The establishing shot of our character was almost becoming a narrative for a full film. However, we got a lot more practice with panning and tracking shots on this day. Watch the video to see our progress for that day and the outtakes for the trailer.

1 Nov: Act 2 filming in school
This was one of the most productive shoots we had and a lot more fun. YuQing was starting to understand what’s going on in filming. Yen finally had her chance to shine. Jafri was getting better with camera movements. And most importantly, Nevin finally became a vampire on set. Woohoo!


Yen, our make-up artist


(Nevin) the vampire in making







And YuQing brought a skateboard to set that makes dollying shots a lot more productive and fun. We were able to get smoother dollying shots in the scene where the vampire stalks his victims.

Most of the scenes we shot today were for the climax and re-shoots for the character.
For the re-shoots of the character, we decided to reference ‘Friend Request‘ to show how Nick is being rejected by his friends – Nick is being shoved aside by a jerk he considered as his friend.

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The scene where the victim turn around to see Nick was one of our favourite scene. This was referenced from The Conjuring trailer.

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The filming started at about 6pm and ended at about 12:30 midnight. It was a productive day.

3 Nov: Climax filming at ADM, Hall 12 and NTU Running Track
This was probably one of the most memorable shots for the group as we finally moved out of ADM and shot at new places. We were shooting at a lot of outdoors shots at night (ie carpark and running track) so we had to use the Caliber lights we had loan from school. They were really useful. The low lighting condition really puts our lighting skills to test as well as coordination between actors, cameraman and the grip (aka human tripod). Also, as the scenes for the climax are usually fast cuts, we less concerned about camera movement but instead focus on character movements and shoting angles. Our cameraman/director/screenwriter also tried to experiment and shoot more footages that could be useful while editing for the trailer.

An overview of our filming schedule:

Date Scenes – Location Props
24/10/2016 Discussion of storyline
30/10/2016 Scene 3 & 5 – Jafri’s Hall Shabby outfit for Nick

Vampire costume

31/10/2016 Scene 1 – Classroom

Scene 2 – Locker Hallway

Scene 4 – Locker Hallway

Choco Bar

Rough Paper

Halloween Flyer

1/11/2016 Conversation outside of party – TBC

Nick’s struggling transformation from Halloween costume to full vampire – Jafri’s Hall

Full werewolf hunting down of Qing along ADM hallway

FULL vampire costume

Werewolf costume

Costume for Qing

Costume for Jafri

3/11/2016 Intense Hunting Scene:

  1. Forest area
  2. Carpark
Fake blood

The editing were all done by Nevin. It was a tedious process to edit fast cuts and many of our scenes were shot in low lighting which needed more processing. Thankfully, our responsible editor continues his editing even on his flight to NYC which allowed us to submit a more finished piece on final submission/presentation day 🙂

Nevin editing en his flight to NYC :)

Nevin editing our trailer on his flight to NYC 🙂


We put harmony in interracial!


Just for the fun of it, we decided to include a logo for our group which encapsulate the alphabets H-A-R-M-O-N-Y. We called ourselves Harmony Production because coincidentally, our group members we all of different races- Chinese, Indian, Malay and Vietnamese. We put harmony in interracial 🙂

And, let’s end off with  some bloopers and behind-the-scenes 🙂