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COFA Prize 09

COFA Annual 09 Winners

I have just seen the photo of COFA Annual 09 Awards night when I google my name. This is a good chance to congratulate others of The School of Media Arts who also won prize from the year of their hard work.

Autodesk Storm FX Award for Best 3D CGI Animation
John Turello

Autodesk Storm FX Award for Best 3D CGI Modelling
George Varettas and
Cosmin Hrincu

Adobe Award for Best Overall Production
Anthony Russell

Wacom Award for Best Motion Graphics
Toby Pedersen

Wacom People’s Choice Award
Peter Short

Computers Now Award for Best Video
Trinn (‘Pong) Suwannapha

Digital Media World Magazine Honorary Mention Prize
1. Luke Jefferz
2. Tachadol Buppapirak
3. Tom Phillipson
4. Peter Short
5. Beverley Wong
6. Paolo Sta.Barbara

Vital Peripheral Supplies Award for Best Illustrative Work
Amelia Turbiarz

There is the full winner list on COFA blog.

And I have to say the best thing of the night was free bubbly.

The Screening

The hard work in the past few months on my short film as the major project for Master of Digital Media at College of Fine Arts is done. Memory of You | Reflection of Me has been viewed on a big screen at Chauvel Cinema and to see it in the environment made me sob. There was not a big cheer, just a small pause before applause.

COFA Screening

Unlike other graduates� works, it was not a really entertaining film. Some people walked off in the screening at COFA. I could see why. It was slow and quite long. A nine-and-a-half-minute live action film about depression could hold an attention span in an uncontrollable room at COFA.

Award

However, ultimately, I have told the story and expressed it the way I wanted and it paid off. The film was awarded Computers Now for Best Video at COFA Annual. The prize was very handy for me�a commercial licence of Final Cut Studio.

What is it going from here? Now that the course is finished, I am broke and still living on a dole. I have a casual job at Class Movies for a few weeks. This would help me to duplicate a number of DVDs for the people who helped me on this project (and pay the bills). I will look for film festivals to screen and television channels to broadcast the work. And now I am developing a new project and look for the way to get it funded. Still a long way to go.

The Tangible One

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Finally, I have done DVD artwork and the label looks great in print. The front cover is not change much for the sketch. The lines are inspired by classic Thai drawing (I have to do something with at least one Thai influence). It is easy enough to crate in Illustrator even though it is not my ground of expertise. The background is the photography I took to animate in DVD Extras menu and played around in Photoshop.

The greatest thing I learn is what standard information they put on the cover and label: DVD logo, surround sound, DVD region and so on. The only thing I skipped is the rating since it is not classified even though there is a little bit of nudity.

Mixing surround sound design is a very interesting process. I will share it later. Next stop is the last stop�getting ready for the final presentation.

21 October 2009

Almost There

After the stress of trying to put the work up onto Annual 09 DVD catalogue and website, I feel the hard work is almost over, thanks to the extended deadline. There are two major tasks in the plan: surround sound and DVD production.

I have corresponded with Rafiralfiro regarding the soundtrack. Even though he could not write something new from the scratch for me, he sent me some unreleased tracks to listen. His works are amazing and he is excited to see his track in surround environment.

I have sketched DVD cover and structured the menu but unfortunately did not get a chance to present them on Week 9 assessment.

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8 October 2009

A Nightmare Comes True

My worst fear has come true. Last night after the presentation, I felt tired for either hay fever or a cold. I caught the train and changed at Central Station while listening to iPod to relax. It was probable too relaxing and I was blurred. Next thing I knew I got off the train without the harddrive I was bringing back home every Thursday for the weekly back up.

First thing I ringed info line but it was out of business hour. With help of a friend on twitter who works for CityRail, I could locate where the train looped and got the numbers of the stations but it was too late in the night. No one heard anything. The best thing I could do was to call the info line in the morning.

What has been lost?

Basically, everything I have been working on this project in the week and some projects:

  • Visual edit of fine cut 05. I still have low-res of Fine cut o6 in my thumb drive to as a reference.
  • Sound design. Luckily, I work the audio on studios harddrive and it could still be there in CG15.
  • Colour grading work. I will have to re-adjust it when CG13 is ready again.
  • After Effect composite in Lounge scene. This could be redone easily and I like to tweak it a bit anyway.
  • Last semesters work. Joy still have that folder.
  • The video art project I initiated during the break. Its the only one that I dont have any back up anywhere but I have the DV tape and can start again. (If I feel inspired)

Retrieval Plan

Obviously, it cant be waited for a mishap to dissolve itself. The goal is to catch up progress of the week work last in the weekend so that I can go on with the project next week. The actions are:

  1. Get a new harddrive. It has to be FireWire since I work Final Cut Pro from the hard drive. La Cie rugged or Western Digital Passport II are my choices.
  2. Retrieve Pro Tool files from CG15. The room is booked for 30 minute for that.
  3. Retrieve the latest version of fine cut I have from my back up.
  4. Spend most of the time trying to match the work-in-progress: fine cut, composite and rough colour grading.

Lesson learned

What I have really lost is the plan to do other things today: research on other project, assignment and stress. There should be more sufficient back up plan for it. Not only for this project but for my entire archives. Weekly back up may not be enough when a disaster strikes. Everyone, please take me as an example.

25 September 2009