Hello, I am Liew Wai Ming, a final year animation student in Temasek Polytechnic. Thanks for stopping by my homepage! First of all, I must confirm that face in the picture is a self-portrait. Can't see clearly? Believe me, it is better that way ...
Borned in 1973, on the last day of May, I spent the earlier part of my life pursuing academic achievements. Like any bright lad who is willing to work hard, but not bright enough to think deeper of my own life, I worked my way up promising schools, yet with not much passion in what was to become of me.
Of course, fateful things do happen to people's lives. I've got my fair share, too. Anyway, I am contented now that I am doing something I enjoy. It feels like I am reliving my childhood days, when I lived only for the Friday 6:20 evening 'Gatchaman' cartoon and sat through the front part of every 'Ultraman' episode, dubbed Malay, only for the last 5 minutes of action. I never really understand what was going on then, but I can still remember that heroic theme music until now.
Understanding that all this is, in a way, a luxury I owned to those dearest to me, I stay the 'average bright lad who is willing to work hard', still not bright enough, but with a clearer direction in mind. I begin on animation because I think it generally gives more control in storytelling, as compared to film or video ( not necessary true, though,still many factors to consider when comparing). Nearing the end of my course in Temasek Poly, I am pretty confident of picking up any technical or software skills but I see the need for consistant effort in nurturing my animation techniques and storytelling skills. In terms of story concepts, I am gearing myself towards creating shorter, sleeker ideas which are more realistic in production. I also wish to express my ideas visually as well as I have always been with words.
Currently, I am very influenced by the book 'The Little Prince' and works of similiar style. My final year project, 'The greatest dayDreamer' will be along that style. But my all time favourites are still the camera play of 'Citizen Kane' and the impactful editing in 'Battleship Potemkin'. My understanding of framing really began when I started reading up on 'Citizen Kane'. I am also a Japanese anime fan (special skills include identifying the different Gundams ... Ha!), especially the reality-based sci-fi political drama of Mamoru Oshii.
If you reach this last paragraph here, you must be a good listener, or at least a patient person. Like any devoted digital artists, I have before long nights in front of my computer, beside a little window. And I love to make pictures of the starry sky outside, like the one below.
I make many of them, with ' * 's and 'H's on the computer. Made in less than 5 mins and seldom saved, these are the only pictures that I can create, without the concern to be understood. This is one I like to share with a patient person.
Please feel free to comment on the site or any other matters. I love listening to honest opinions and bold ideas!