Hiccups and Snoozes

Les filles

Posted in Uncategorized by Rui on December 22, 2012

Excusez- moi! J’étais très occupée.

So… I have truly overestimated my multitasking skills. I got to admit that it’s quite impossible to spend half a day at language center learning a new language and then, travel half way across the city again to work for the rest of the day; and on top of these, still wishing to do something about the uncompleted film, while the folks at home stress that it’s important to spend time with the family now that I have moved back home. So as imagined, things did go perfectly: I did nothing about my film…. though I managed to produce lots of storyboards at work and I managed to pass my French B1 exam ( not a beautiful score but I guess it’s not too bad for 3 months of learning)

As for now… here are camera captures of some sketches I did.

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more drawings to come to chase the transitional blues away!


Till the end of Nov

Posted in Uncategorized by Rui on September 9, 2012

My apologies for not showing up and not showing up with visuals.

I am very caught up with many things lately. In fact, I think I am more overwhelmed emotionally by the mass of things to deal with and their enormous level of difficulties than able to deal with them logically and strategically. This is making me all jumpy, and hence nothing really gets done or starts to be done. I don’t really feel like myself.

Let’s pray and hope that it will all be great and wonderful ASAP.




Posted in puppets/sculptures, Uncategorized, works by Rui on June 15, 2012

late last night, while struggling through a long sequence of butterfly flying animation, I received an email telling me that my 1st Year installation work just got featured on art served, a behance curated site.

This, of course, brought back delightful memories. I am also amazed at how much my art working and I have been transformed in the recent 4 years. It’s quite a ride, I have to say. And clearly, I have much to venture and learn.


For now, I sincerely hope that everything will fold nicely in place at the end of July and I can’t wait for new adventures in August!

So many new ideas in my head waiting to be put down on paper properly and sculpted into shapes!

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80 buildings and blocks of stairs

Posted in fyp, talks by Rui on June 5, 2012

a preview of my vertical panning backgrounds(seems too dark)…. I am doing my film all sooooooo very slowly…. the possibility to finish all the animating before next week is close to negative. Yet, with all this negativity, I will still KEEP CALM AND MAKE GOOD ART. this advice is from Neil Gaiman in his commencement speech at  The University of the Arts 2012 ( if you haven’t watched, watch it here),

and if you are too busy or lazy to watch everything, this is the part  I am referring to:

Remember, whatever discipline you’re in, whether you’re a musician or a photographer, a fine artist or a cartoonist, a writer, a dancer, a singer, a designer — whatever you do, you have one thing that’s unique: You have the ability to make art. And for me, and for so many of the people I’ve known, that’s been a lifesaver, the ultimate lifesaver. It gets you through good times, and it gets you through … the other ones. Sometimes life is hard. Things go wrong — in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician? Make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by mutated boa constrictor? Make good art. IRS on your trail? Make good art. Cat exploded? Make good art. Someone on the Internet thinks what you’re doing is stupid or evil or it’s all been done before? Make good art. Probably things will work out somehow, eventually time will take the sting away, and that doesn’t even matter. Do what only you can do best: Make good art. Make it on the bad days, make it on the good days, too.” – Neil Gaiman


Brilliant, eh? Works better for me than “work hard!”. First, work hard just sounds tiring. Second, hard work doesn’t necessarily yield good results, we all know someone who works super hard and just doesn’t produce significant results. “Make good art” ,however,  sounds simply rewarding and enjoyable.

so even if I can’t meet the deadlines, I will still make a good film. 🙂

seems a little bit nagging today, SO, good night!

Effulgence on Yahoo! Singapore

Posted in fyp, talks by Rui on May 3, 2012

The trailer of Effulgence is featured on Yahoo! Singapore. click here of the link 

Never have I thought that I would be featured anywhere on the internet so soon ( i’ve secretly hoped that sth like this would only come in like a few years, but wow! this! :D). This indeed is very flattering! Many thanks to Deborah from Yahoo! who has approached me and given me this chance to showcase it.

With all the motivation, GOGOGO! RF 🙂

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Posted in fyp by Rui on May 1, 2012

Everything’s turning out pretty well. the production process is tedious and laborious but extremely rewarding. Along the way, some people told me that it’s not going to be done, even in the crit session yesterday, it was still much in doubt.

So here, I am telling everyone that IT WILL BE FINISHED POLISHED TO THE BEST QUALITY THAT I CAN GIVE IT. so I predict that the end product will be good. Let’s get this done!!! My first completed film coming July 2012.

be back in April

Posted in talks by Rui on February 18, 2012

Haven’t updated for month, because I am not making significant progress for much of anything. The stagnancy is worrying. Shouldn’t really sound that depressing, after all, it’s not the end yet.

I will be back in April. If i come back before April, things might have went splendid from now till then.

hope everyone’s well. see you in April.

the end of 2011

Posted in talks by Rui on December 28, 2011

I took a long, almost 2 month break from my project, and now I am coming back to it at last.

It’s been a good 2 month- first month was used fighting with academic exams, the results were satisfactory; the second month was all about doing nothing but just thinking and seeing things. Now, I am a bit behind schedule, but all will be fine I hope.

A new maquette I started on early this month. unlike the one before, this is very much unplanned, I hope to be surprised at the end.

The Ball by Félix Vallotton, A delightful little piece spotted in the recent musée d’orsay exhibition at the Singapore National Museum.  simple yet concrete illustration of good composition and color choice. ( the original color is brighter)

Spent quite a lot of time revisiting old disney animation films that have kids as their main characters just to get a direction to how to animate my character. Pinocchio, one of my favorite animated films is a great inspiration. so much can be learned.


more updates soon.


Posted in fyp by Rui on November 6, 2011

after weeks of torment, the general boards are nailed. here’s some of them.

I have to admit the past weeks are like crazy, not my favourite part of making a film, but the result is pretty delightful and I have learned a lot about composition and lighting, thanks a lot to my profs and books and photo resources. Finally, i see where the look of my film is going and hope to achieve some really stunningly beautiful film at the end.

a beautiful quote to share : ” what i give form to in daylight is one percent of what i see in darkness” – M. C. Escher

still need to make adjustment to the boards for next week’s review, and of cos test animation coming up next! can’t wait to get started animating! BUT first, i have to get compositing assignment done. So, i don’t think i am coming back here so quickly, see you guys in december.

weddings of the black widow

Posted in sketches by Rui on October 24, 2011

had a sketching break while storyboarding my film. I am definitely not a good storyboard artist. grumbling aside, this is the first concept sketch for a new story that i might want to work on later. hope you all like it. ok. back to storyboarding. it’s so painfulllllllll…… arggghhhh…..