Month: December 2012

Punggol Pics

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Some of the pics taken for the NAC LAVA project….

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With Nik and Xueling.

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That’s Gilbert on the left and Paul Tan on the right.

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Kiruthiga on the far right here had to deal with paperwork and endless changes from all directions in getting the project going and completed!

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Straits Timing

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Coverage of the LAVA project led to a front page pic of the Punggol Mural Project in today’s Straits Times!

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A writeup of LAVA in the interiors, though unfortunately despite some prodding no real mentions of the secret robot spy team who helped with the mural…… so a list  again of all those who did a lot of the heavy lifting:

Nik Tao, Xu Mingjie, Alan Leong, Reuben Ashley,Pang Xueling, Kooichi, Chanel Kang, Cassie Koh, Khoo Siew May, Chan Shiuan, Grace Chew and Le En

The Best Secret Robot Spies you could ever hope to find! :p

And, yes, Lionel Messi is the most astonishing football player of this and possibly very many lifetimes.

Spectrumed 2012

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Spectrum 19 arrived in the post today! A Malinky Robot page had been one of the finalists in the Comics Category (https://sonnyliew.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/spectrumed-2-0/)… it didn’t win of course but there’s still a full page spread in the book :p

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For more Malinky Robot news, goto: https://www.facebook.com/malinkyrobot

And to buy a copy: Amazon, Book Depository, or Comixology

There’s the Boxed Set as well, right here! :p

Blade Running

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Watching Blade Runner (yet again) on DVD, it always feels like every other new sci-fi movie tries to capture some of its atmosphere. From the Total Recall re-make, to Looper, your Judge Dredds and second-generation Star Wars… For all the advances in digital techonology though, none of them have really come close to getting that feel of rain puddles, neon lights and wandering crowds right.  Part of it might just how loose Blade Runner feels. That’s maybe why its initial box office reception wasn’t great, and it’s definitely not a streamlined story, unfolding instead both like a dream and documentary.

The scenes of the city, the Vangelis music… they feel like moments of observation, rather than scenes meant to drive the story forward, or of Establishing Shots. A confluence somehow of Ridley Scott at a particular time in his career, Vangelis, Syd Mead, Harrison Ford etc – produced something that felt organic and real, a movie whose plot  you felt you were understanding the way you understand real life – piecing together disparate information to form a narrartive, rather than absorbing a scripted story.

Reading books by Truby etc, with their story structural plannings and edifices, I’m wondering how to retain that sense of atmophere whilst keeping things organised and coherent in narratives….