(Oh well, this happened during the school holidays and I’m not going to let it pass just because I’m so bogged down with work and hence late.)
Being a member of a facebook group, I get informed of workshops/organised visits suitable for children, one of them was a visit to Rhythm & Hues office in Cyberjaya, and to attend their Claymation Workshop.
I was lucky to get seats for my girls and one of their friends on the Dec 17th session.
So who is Rhythm And Hues? What do they do? From their website :
Rhythm & Hues is a multiple Academy Award®-winning film production studio specializing in visual effects and computer animation for feature films and television commercials.
Founded in 1987, Rhythm & Hues has been singled out as a leader by virtually all the major competitions that recognize excellence in computer graphics. Continuing to push the boundaries of the digital frontier, Rhythm & Hues has a globally distributed production infrastructure, with additional studios in Los Angeles, Mumbai and Hyderabad, India and Vancouver, Canada.
Some of their famous work and achievement in Visual Effects : Life of Pi, The Golden Compass, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and Wardrobe, Happy Feet, Babe.
I took a day off and accompanied the girls. Their office in Cyberjaya has an Africa theme, lots of wood, African native masks and figurines decorating the place. They have a music room, entertainment room and a nice pantry for staff to chill out. We were not allowed to take photos of the office, but I tell you, it’s a cool place to work at.
We were in their conference room, and the children were given a walk through of what Rhythm & Hues does, the children get shown the computer generated visual effects Rhythm & Hues did on some of the movies like Life of Pi, Alvin and The Chipmunk etc.
We were given a tour of the office (lovely place, and I’m envious of the employees), some breakfast snacks to enjoy at their pantry (generous helping), and then it was time for the highlight of the visit. The Claymation Workshop.
The children were taught how to create claymation (clay animation), i.e. by moving clay pieces slowly and taking photo of each movement.
And then they went on to form teams to create their own project. There were 4 people in the girls’ team, the girls, Zara’s BFF and Montesorri Mum’s daugther.
Zara and her friend as well as Montesorri Mum’s daughter rolled the clay, and formed the characters.
Zaria coloured the back drop, and then fell asleep. o.O” (Later I realised it was because she was about to have a fever).
I was the photographer who took the photos while they moved the objects around. After 1.5hr, this was what we created.
The organiser picked the girls’ team as the winner, with the nicest video made. As a reward, they each got a big Life Of Pi posters.
Now the girls know how animation is made, how visual effects are added to movie. The other day I overheard Zaria telling her friend (when her friend mentioned that Life of Pi is a very scary movie because there’s a big tiger involved), “There’s nothing to be afraid of, it’s just CG.”