Dated: 28 November 2008
First 3D Animated Television Co-Production by ST Electronics
The Science Centre Singapore offers a glimpse of tomorrow with the Asian debut of "The Future is Wild", a first-of-its-kind 3D animated children’s TV series co-produced in Singapore.
Jointly-produced by Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited’s subsidiary, ST Electronics (Training &Simulation Systems) Pte Ltd, and Nelvana with the support of the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), "The Future is Wild" is the first Singaporean 3D animated television co-production to have been broadcasted on TV in the United States and Germany. It will also be the first 3D animated TV series to be broadcast locally when it airs on the new okto channel from 3 January 2009 at 1:30 pm.
“At Science Centre we aim to make learning fun, and demonstrate the link between science,
technology and the world around us. Screening a state-of-art 3D series like 'The Future is Wild' is an excellent way to showcase how science can not only educate, but also inspire and entertain, and we’re thrilled to offer it here at Science Centre,” said Dr. Chew Tuan Chiong, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore.
“ST Electronics’ foray into the world of Interactive Digital Media and Animation since 2003 has seen us collaborating with and gaining recognition from internationally renowned players. We are appreciative of MDA’s support for the production of 'The Future is Wild'. The Science Centre is another valued partner which provides us with an excellent avenue to showcase our Simulation, Animation, Games and Edutainment (SAGE) technologies to the general public. We will jointly market and promote 'The Future is Wild' Kids Series to museums and science centres worldwide through permanent and travelling exhibitions, workshops and TV series preludes. We hope that this is the first of many collaborations to come,” said Mr Seah Moon Ming, President of ST Electronics.
“MDA is delighted that the animated series 'The Future Is Wild' will be aired on Mediacorp's okto channel following the series' successful launch in the US and Germany since October 2007. Not only does it showcase a growing pool of creative animation talents that we have in Singapore, the TV series is also a testament of Singapore animation industry's capabilities in international co-productions. Today, our local animation companies are undertaking more and more high quality animation projects with leading international partners. We can therefore look forward to more of such content aired on our local TV channels. We congratulate ST Electronics for its fine efforts in developing The Future is Wild and its collaboration with the Science Centre which will surely ignite much curiosity amongst children,” said Mr Seto Lok Yin, Assistant Chief Executive Officer (Industry) of MDA.
Science Centre Singapore and ST Electronics will also be partnering to develop creative exhibition concepts involving animatronics, a 4D theatre experience, simulator rides and interactive gaming consoles.
Based on a similarly-named documentary that became the all-time top-rated prime time TV show on Animal Planet, this 26-part series follows the adventures of Ethan, Emily and Luis, three adventurous present-day children who are brought to the future by C.G., a girl from 12,000 A.D. Together they solve mysteries behind Earth’s evolution, in an exotic evolved world of extreme climates and strange animals.
Apart from the exciting storyline injected with witty humour, audiences will also be wowed by the creative use of both 3D and 2D elements that bring the futuristic images and ideas to life. In conjunction with Maya-based software, the animation team used ambient occlusion, a shading method which helps add realism to local reflection models. This brings a softer look to CG animation, and coupled with hand-held camera effects, imparts a modern, polished look.
Playing a driving role in bringing these futuristic images and ideas to life is director Mike Fallows and his CG (computer graphics) animation team at Toronto’s Nelvana. The Emmywinning director, whose work includes acclaimed programmes such as Donkey Kong Country, Rolie Polie Olie, Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids and Jane and the Dragon, was drawn to the project because of all its inherent creative challenges.
Splitting the work with Nelvana on the project is ST Electronics’ animation studio, iVL Animation, which previously worked with Fallows on Jane and the Dragon.
"The Future is Wild" will screen at Science Centre from 29 November 2008 to 2 January 2009
and is suitable for families of all ages.
For more information please visit www.science.edu.sg
Series: The Future is Wild
Screening Dates: 29 November 2008 –2 January 2009
Showtimes: 11.30am and 4.30pm daily
Address: The Annexe Hall 1, Science Centre Singapore
15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Admission: $6 adult, $3 children (3-16 years old) includes entry to
Science Centre Singapore
Public Enquiries: 6425 2500
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About About Science Centre Singapore
The Science Centre Singapore is a non-formal educational institution dedicated to the promotion of science and technology among students and members of the public. As a leading Science Centre in the region, the Science Centre Singapore has twelve exhibition galleries with more than 1,000 exhibits, and another 18,000 sq metres of outdoor space showcasing the Waterworks, Ecogarden and the Kinetic Garden exhibits. The Centre also houses the Omni-Theatre —Singapore’s only dome-shaped, 5-storey high theatre with a capacity of 276 seats. The Science Centre receives more than 950,000 visitors annually. For more information, please visit www.science.edu.sg
About ST Electronics
ST Electronics delivers innovative system solutions to government, commercial, defence, and industrial customers worldwide. With presence in more than 20 countries and 30 cities, ST Electronics markets its solutions to more than 70 countries internationally. It specialises in the design, development and integration of advanced electronics and communications systems, such as broadband radio frequency and satellite communication, e-Government solutions, information communications technologies and IT, rail and traffic management, real-time command and control, modelling and simulation, interactive digital media, intelligent building management and information security. ST Electronics (Training &Simulation Systems), a wholly-owned subsidiary of ST Electronics, develops, manufactures and markets advanced computer graphic software and solutions for simulation, animation, games and edutainment applications. It applies leading edge technologies and design methodologies to meet the stringent requirements of customised electronics systems and solutions. For more information, visit www.stee.stengg.com.
Nelvana Studios is a globally recognised animation studio that develops and produces award-winning animated properties and brands including the literary classics Babar and Franklin as well as shows such as Jane and the Dragon and Grossology. Nelvana Studios is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
About the Media Development Authority of Singapore
The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) was formed on 1 January 2003 to champion Media 21, a blueprint to transform Singapore into a global media city. Media 21 seeks to create a vibrant media environment by establishing Singapore as a media exchange, exporting Made-by-Singapore content, internationalising local media companies, nurturing local media talent and developing digital media. More information on MDA can be found on www.mda.gov.sg