NCCC 2016 Blog

Announcing the winners of NCCC 2016

The winners of this year’s competition were announced today! The teams received their trophies from Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security, and Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change, at a prize award ceremony this morning.

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Receiving their prizes from DPM Teo at the NCCC 2016 Prize Award Ceremony are: Row 1 (left to right) Planet Saver; PGPS Eco Rangers; CHIJ (Katong) Primary; Gifts of Nature; Enviro-Champions, Row 2 Blue Fingers; Leanne Choo; Team Heatbusters; Noobcake; MSHSxMDMC, Row 3 ITE West DAVP; EcoFilms; Team YNC; Lenney Leong; AIIM

Here is the complete list of winners and the links to their videos:

PRIMARY SCHOOLS CATEGORY

1st Prize

 

Enviro-Champions, Juying Primary School

Video Title: Vision 2030

2nd Prize

 

Gifts of Nature, Punggol Green Primary School

Video Title: Climate-friendly 2030: It Begins from the Heart…

3rd Prize

 

CHIJ (Katong) Primary, CHIJ (Katong) Primary

Video Title: Our Future, Our Singapore 2030

Merit Prize &

Viewers’ Choice*

 

PGPS Eco Rangers, Punggol Green Primary School

Video Title: The Future is in Our Hands

Merit Prize

 

Planet Saver, Marsiling Primary School

Video Title: Letter to Adik

SECONDARY SCHOOLS & JUNIOR COLLEGES CATEGORY

1st Prize

 

MSHSxMDMC, Maris Stella High School (Secondary)

Video Title: A Gift from the Future to the Past

2nd Prize

 

Noobcake, Nanyang Girls’ High School

Video Title: Singapore 2030: A climate-friendly City

3rd Prize

 

Team Heatbusters, Raffles Girls’ School

Video Title: A Greener Singapore, A Happier Earth

Merit Prize &

Viewers’ Choice

 

Leanne Choo, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

Video Title: Change for the Better

Merit Prize

 

Blue Fingers, CHIJ Katong Convent

Video Title: The Never Ending Never Ending Cycle

INSTITUTES OF HIGHER LEARNING CATEGORY

1st Prize &

Viewers’ Choice

 

AIIM, ITE College East

Video Title: Singapore 2030: A Climate-friendly City

2nd Prize

 

Lenney Leong, Temasek Polytechnic

Video Title: The Green Future

3rd Prize

 

Team YNC, Yale-NUS College

Video Title: Jo Jo’s Dream

Merit Prize

 

EcoFilms, Nanyang Polytechnic

Video Title: The Glimpse

Merit Prize

 

ITE West DAVP, ITE College West

Video Title: My Future, My Home

*A Viewers’ Choice contest was also conducted on Climate Change SG Facebook page in September 2016, where members of the public voted for their favourite NCCC 2016 videos.

Congratulations to all 15 teams! We would like to thank everyone, including our participants, teachers, parents, partners and voters, who supported and took part in NCCC 2016 in one way or another. We hope you were able to learn a thing or two about climate change from the competition and videos.

For more updates, do follow us on Climate Change SG and subscribe to our e-newsletter. Till next time!

The NCCC Viewers’ Choice Contest is back!

Vote for your favourite NCCC 2016 videos and stand a chance to win attractive prizes like a 2D1N staycation at an eco-friendly hotel.

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The judges have made their choices, now it’s your turn! That’s right, the National Climate Change Competition (NCCC) 2016 Viewers’ Choice Contest is now open for voting!

Simply head to http://bit.ly/NCCC2016  and vote for your favourite videos on the Climate Change SG Facebook page.

Voters stand a chance to win prizes such as movie gift vouchers, a solar portable charger, a kick scooter and a 2D1N staycation at Siloso Beach Resort.

Each voter is allowed to cast one vote for each of the category per day. Voters earn one point for every vote they cast – so the more you vote, the more points you earn and the higher your chances of winning!

And here are our 15 shortlisted videos selected from over 200 entries received for NCCC 2016:

Primary Schools Category

PGPS Eco Rangers, Punggol Green Primary School

Video Title: The Future is in Our Hands

Watch this spoof on how Singapore residents are responding to weather changes due to climate change and how each of us can play a part for a better future.

 

Planet Saver, Marsiling Primary School

Video Title: Letter to Adik

Elder brother Abang writes a letter to his “unborn” brother on how he pictured Singapore to be in 2030.

 

Enviro Champions, Juying Primary School

Video Title: Vision 2030

A boy in the present gets transported to the sustainable future. He is brought around by his animal friends to see how Singaporeans can live in a climate-friendly city.

 

CHIJ (Katong), CHIJ (Katong) Primary School

Video Title: Our Future, Our Singapore 2030

Experience the imagination and creativity of the team in their interpretations of how a climate-friendly Singapore will be in 2030.

 

Gifts of Nature, Punggol Green Primary School

Video Title: Climate-friendly SG2030: It Begins from the Heart…

Little boy Febregas paves the way for a climate-friendly future with his favourite bag and weird inventions.

 

Secondary Schools & Junior Colleges Category

Noobcake, Nanyang Girls’ High School

Video Title: Singapore 2030: A Climate-Friendly City

Join the bat Ray who has been living on Saturn in a learning journey to the climate-friendly Singapore on Earth.

 

Leanne Choo, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School

Video Title: Change for the Better

Learn the ways each of us can do to create a low carbon and resilient Singapore.

 

MSHSxMDMC, Maris Stella High School (Secondary)

Video Title: A Gift from the Future to the Past

A gift from the future How Min to his present self makes him change his ways to become more climate-friendly.

 

Bluefingers, CHIJ Katong Convent

Video Title: The Never Ending Never Ending Cycle

Follow Coraline as she has the same conversations with an altered parallel version of herself in 2030, only to have changed the conversation one day with a different question.

 

Heatbusters, Raffles Girls’ School

Video Title: A Greener Singapore, A Happier Earth

Mrs Earth has caught a serious case of global warming. The visiting doctor has an idea – a complete overhaul of how we live our lives in order to have a climate-friendly Singapore.

 

Institutes of Higher Learning Category

Team YNC, Yale-NUS College

Video Title: Jo Jo’s Dream

Little boy Jo Jo describes his dreams of a climate-friendly Singapore to Ama on the way to school.

 

ITE West DAVP, ITE College West

Video Title: My Future, My Home

What it takes to go to “heaven” or “hell”?

 

AIIM, ITE College East

Video Title: Singapore 2030: A Climate-Friendly City

Watch this explainer animation for the highlights on how a climate-friendly Singapore may look like in 2030.

 

Lenney Leong, Temasek Polytechnic

Video Title: The Green Future

A short documentary on how Singaporeans can act better to help reduce carbon emissions by taking more public transport and embracing less consumerism.

 

Eco-films, Nanyang Polytechnic

Video Title: The Glimpse

What if a glimpse of the future might not be what we expected?

 

Cast your votes for your favourites now, and spread the word on climate change by sharing them with your family and friends! Voting ends on 22 September.

The final results of the competition will be announced on 4 November 2016 at a prize award ceremony.

Keep calm and submit your video

A step-by-step guide for our NCCC 2016 participants on submitting your videos by 5 Aug 2016.

1The time has finally come for you to submit your masterpieces! Submission is now open until 5 Aug 2016, 5pm Singapore time. You can submit your video through the submission form on the NCCC 2016 website at www.nccc.gov.sg.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to submit your video:

Step 1: Upload your video on YouTube

Before submitting your video on the NCCC 2016 website, be sure to upload your video on YouTube.

These are the formats accepted by YouTube:

  • .MOV
  • .MPEG4
  • MP4
  • .AVI
  • .WMV
  • .MPEGPS
  • .FLV
  • 3GPP
  • WebM

If you are having problems uploading your video on YouTube, you may wish to read up more on the supported YouTube file formats here.

You will need a Google account to upload your video on YouTube.

While waiting for your video to finish uploading, think of a catchy title and interesting description for your video! It is also important to set your video to ‘Public’; otherwise we would not be able to view it.

Once the video is uploaded, take note of the URL as you will need it for the submission form on the NCCC 2016 website.

Step 2: Log in to NCCC 2016 submission form

Before you begin with the submission, you are required to log in with the NRIC/passport number and email address of your teacher mentor or one of your team members. The NRIC/passport number must match the registration details provided during the registration phase.

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After providing your NRIC/passport number and email, enter the captcha code. A one-time pin (OTP) will be sent to your registered mobile number.

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Enter the OTP sent to your mobile phone. Please note that if you are using your team member’s information to log in, the OTP will be sent to that team member’s mobile phone.

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If you do not receive the OTP within 10 minutes, click the ‘Resend OTP’ button to receive the OTP again.

Step 3: Submit you video and details

Upon log in, you should see the submission form.

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Select the profile details you have registered under from the drop down list. You should be able to see the information of your individual or team entry on the next page.

Please check if the details listed are correct. You can edit the information and update the relevant fields. Teams who wish to add or remove a member, can select ‘No. of team members’ and update accordingly.

Now enter the YouTube URL of your video, your video title and video description into the form. The video description must not exceed 300 characters (not words).

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You should be able to see a confirmation message on screen that your video URL has been submitted successfully.

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A confirmation message will also be sent to your registered email address.

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The video you have submitted will be featured on the NCCC 2016 video gallery once it has been approved by NCCS. This can take between three and five working days.

If you encounter any problems while trying to submit your video, do drop us an email at NCCS_Competition@nccs.gov.sg!

Let’s animate!

A recap of the animation seminar held on 4 June, exclusively for our NCCC 2016 participants.

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What is animation?

Mention the word ‘animation’, movies like Finding Nemo and Kungfu Panda come to mind. But what really is animation?

The “magic” of animation is to be able to give life to something, by capturing many static pictures and showing them in rapid succession, making the pictures appear to move. Pictures can be shown at various rates such as 24 pictures or frames per second. Technicality aside, it is a powerful communication tool that can reach out to a wide audience – from kids to adults.

Animation is often associated with cartoons, but that is not entirely true! Feature films, motion graphics and explainer videos are some of the modern uses of animation. It works well with any genre as long as the story concept is clear and good.

So how do you determine whether an animation or live action video works best for your story? As a guide, if your story can be expressed using live action, for example, if it is something you can shoot in real life, then animation may not be the best way to tell your story. Animation works best to show stories and ideas that are out of the world – basically the unimaginable!

What makes a good story?

While fancy animation skills are a plus point, a good storyline is most important! Remember, story is key and it should drive the visuals, not the other way around.

In our previous post, we covered what climate change is about and that should be a good start for you to develop your story and video. However, push yourself further and think of different ways to entertain and educate your audience, not just by stating facts and statistics.

Where do I begin?

In producing an animation, there are four stages of production.

Stage 1: Development

This is where you do your research for your storyline. These are several ways to start generating ideas to come up with a storyline: 1) in-depth research, 2) mind mapping, 3) develop a list of possible ideas, and 4) individual or group brainstorming. This is also when you should start writing the script, designing the characters and decide on the art directive – 2D/3D animation, stop motion animation or mixed animation.

Stage 2: Pre-production

You’re half way there! This is where all the planning takes place before the camera rolls. Start on your storyboard and layout. Storyboards can really smooth out the post-production process when it is time for editing. You should also start planning on the budget and timeline so you will not miss the deadline for video submission.

Stage 3: Production

This is when you will start working on your animation. During this stage, you will work out the lighting requirements, framing and composition, as well as to shoot and capture your frames.

Stage 4: Post-production

In the post-production stage, the animation is edited and polished. It is now ready for submission!

Bonus!

Some of you may be new to working on animation and unsure of the software to use. Don’t worry! We have picked out four software programmes that you can use to produce your animation:

  1. Animaker (from Animagine)
  2. Pencil 2D
  3. Synfig Studio
  4. Video Copilot

We hope this gives you a better idea of what animation is, and whether it is a suitable medium for your story. Good luck!

Climate change 101

Learn about climate change, its impacts on Singapore and what Singapore is doing to address it. Plus, tips from us on what makes a winning video.

With only a month more to the submission period, we hope you have already started working on your videos by doing research on climate change, learning production and editing skills or attending our masterclasses.

To help you further, we have produced a short clip on climate change. We hope the information comes in handy when you’re developing your video.

What is climate change?

It refers to changes in weather over a long period of time. Climate change is already happening.

Did you know that 2015 was the warmest year since modern temperature record-keeping started in 1880? This was confirmed by NASA!

What causes climate change?

Scientists have discovered that human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation release huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, causing the Earth to get warmer and hence climate change.

Impacts of climate change

Higher temperatures, extreme weather conditions like heavy rainfall and heat waves, and rising sea levels are some impacts of climate change.

What is Singapore doing?

Like other countries, Singapore may also experience the impacts of climate change.

We need to play our part – Singapore has pledged to reduce our emissions intensity (that is, emissions produced per GDP dollar) – by 36 per cent by 2030, and stabilise our emissions with the aim of peaking around 2030.

We have taken early measures to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, such as making the switch from fuel oil to natural gas, the cleanest form of fossil fuel, to generate electricity and managing the growth of our vehicle population.

What’s next?

What will Singapore do next? How will a climate-friendly Singapore be like in 2030? Will our buildings be even more carbon-efficient? Will we have more places to deploy solar panels like façade of buildings or on roads? How will our transport options be like? Will technology and innovations help us? How will you and I play our part?

Misconceptions

Steer clear of inaccurate information. Littering, plastic or marine pollution and ozone depletion are not the reasons why climate change is happening; they damage our environment in different ways.

Tips from us!

Remember, your video should reflect your ideas on the theme Singapore 2030: A Climate-Friendly City. Information on climate change, e.g., its causes and impacts, must be explained accurately (if any).

Go through the judging criteria so you know how your video will be judged.

Apply what you have learnt at our masterclasses too – have a strong and unique storyline that reflects the theme! Entertaining and captivating videos will help your videos stand out from the rest.

Need more information? Take a look at the list of resources we have for you to get cracking on ideas for your video.

Keep calm and good luck!

Learn how to produce videos like a pro!

Sign up for our video making masterclasses and learn how to produce videos like a pro.

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Registration for the National Climate Change Competition (NCCC) 2016 has closed. Are you excited to start working on your videos?

We have scheduled a series of video making masterclasses in the form of workshops, seminars and story clinics in May and June just for YOU!

If you’re keen to learn how to create a good story and the skills needed to produce good animation or live action clips, you should sign up for these classes.

The classes are free of charge for all registered NCCC 2016 participants. Participation is optional and the seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so do sign up early!

Here’s a summary on what you can expect in the classes:

 

Story clinics

Open to all participants

Animation story clinic: 20 May 2016, 2pm to 6pm

Film Production story clinic: 6 June 2016, 2pm to 6pm

In both sessions, you will learn methods and tips for creating a good story for your videos. You will also be guided by instructors on creating stories that are relevant to the competition theme. At the end of the clinic, you will bring back a story idea that you can work on for the competition.

 

Seminars

Animation creation seminar

Open to participants in the secondary school & JC, and IHL category

4 June 2016, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Conducted by Xavier Lai

Experienced animator and chief instructor of Animagine, Xavier Lai, will share his knowledge on creating a good animation and provide tips on how to develop a good storyline and video.

 

Film production seminar

Open to participants in the secondary school & JC, and IHL category

11 June 2016, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Conducted by Kelvin Sng

Kelvin Sng, the director of local feature film “Taxi! Taxi!” which starred top local comedians Mark Lee and Gurmit Singh, will share his knowledge on creating a good short film and provide tips on how to develop a good storyline and video.

 

Workshops

Animation workshop

Open to participants in the primary school category

Basic animation workshop: 24 May 2016, 2pm to 6pm

 

Open to participants in the other categories

Full-day animation workshop: 31 May 2016, 9am to 6pm and 2 June 2016, 9am to 6pm

You will be introduced to different forms of animation. You will also learn basic stop-motion animation techniques and be able to create a simple animation by the end of the workshop.

 

Live action workshop

Open to participants in the primary school category

Basic live action workshop: 27 May 2016, 2pm to 6pm

 

Open to participants in the other categories

Full-day live action workshop: 1 June 2016, 9am to 6pm and 3 June 2016, 9am to 6pm

 

You will be given an overview to film-making. You will also learn filming postures and angles, as well as basic techniques of video-editing. The full day workshop for older students will cover the entire production process from idea creation, basic scripting, filming to editing.

 

And… For the first time in NCCC history, we will be bringing these workshops to your schools. Isn’t that great and so convenient! You will have to commit to at least 20 student participants for these specially-arranged workshops. Contact us to schedule a date and time.

All registered participants would have already received the details on how to sign up for these classes through your emails. Contact us at NCCS_Competition@nccs.gov.sg if you have any queries.

Singapore 2030: A Climate-Friendly City

How will a climate-friendly Singapore look like in 2030? Share with us your vision and aspirations by participating in the NCCC 2016!

Will it be one where…

People cycle or walk on pavements made of solar panels?

People conscientiously reduce their carbon footprint by saving energy and reducing waste?

Our city is well-prepared for extreme weather events like heavy storms and heatwaves?

How can individuals like you and I play our part in making Singapore climate-friendly?

Tell us your ideas for a climate-friendly Singapore in 2030 through your video! There is no restriction to the presentation style or genre—it can be an animation or live action short film.

Winning videos from each category will stand to win attractive cash prizes and a chance for their videos to be showcased.

Registration’s closing in 2 weeks’ time. Hurry and register at www.nccc.gov.sg by 9 May!

Registered participants also get to attend exclusive masterclasses on video making and storytelling in May and June. More on this in our next blog post!