News Details | 15-May-2009

Twins snag top accolade at Safety@Work Creative Awards 2009

They share the same passion and aspirations.

Now, twins Henry and Harry Zhuang, both second-year students at Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) School of Art, Design & Media (ADM) have something else to share – the honour of coming up tops in the Safety@Work Creative Awards 2009.

The 26-year-olds received the Gold Award in the Digital Animation category for their one-minute stop-motion animation, “Story About My Dad”. Their winning work revolves around the central theme of safety at work.

While working on the animation, the brothers encountered several challenges such as squeezing all the animation they produced into a one-minute clip, having to re-shoot scenes and finding the right voice talent to narrate the story.

Harry elaborated: “Creating a stop-motion animation is a tedious process. We had to be extremely cautious as the animation would be jerky if we accidentally moved the set while capturing the animation.”

They also had to ensure that the message of work safety could be conveyed effectively using paper-cut animation as a medium. Through the critique sessions led by ADM lecturer Assistant Professor Eileen Reynolds, Harry and Henry received good advice and feedback from the lecturer and their classmates, on how to improve their animation clip.

Henry couldn’t have asked for a better teammate to overcome challenges with and share the joy of winning the top accolade as well as cash prize of $5,000.

He said: “It makes it easier to discuss about the animation as we stay under the same roof. Having similar taste in animations and films also makes it a lot easier for us to work together as we have a good understanding of each others’ likes and dislikes.”

Harry noted that the award is a recognition of their teamwork, efforts and animation skills.

The twins, who have undergraduate scholarships under the Media Development Authority’s Media Education Scheme, are no strangers to animation competitions. They placed third in the Digicon 6+3 (Singapore) in 2005 and were awarded the CG Excellence Award in CG Overdrive in 2006.

Henry and Harry weren’t the only NTU ADM students whose animations were recognised at the award ceremony.  Two other submissions – one from Fung Chun Hong and Derwin Silamaya Suhali, and another from Goh Hui Ying – received commendations for their efforts.

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