match supports, takgiu@VS, fastest video production, star wars, majestia

this week was an eventful week which I, much like everyone else, simply want to look forward to its end, for the holidays are near. but then again, most of us dread the start of the holidays, for it means the start of mugging. haha.

3 Match supports in a week, the most number per week. I remember last year there were 2 half-days on the last two days of school…time flies. it’s been 5 months after orientation, 5 months into year 2 of JC life, and a few more months to the fateful end.

Tuesday – Tennis
Tuesday was Tennis Finals, couldn’t go since have lessons and need to finish the last lesson of the IP Imagineering Web Design Course. We lost to the Raffles Federation (a la Star Wars cos we had a live ad that morning for match support, along with Band playing the Star Wars’ Empire March theme…lol).

Wednesday – Soccer
Wednesday, a half day was given as a “thank you” for all the past achievements of various CCAs and the cultural groups’ SYF achievements, and also for everyone to go support soccer finals at National Stadium. I went to TTSH for my Hep B 2nd dose, thereafter popping by Novena Church since I have some time to spare. An interesting, old, historical building with a small chapel. there were some other people praying too.

At the soccer finals, it was very scary. MJC scored 1-0 initially. Then, a foul gave a free penalty shoot for VJC which we equalised to 1-1. If not for the foul by MJC, we would have lost long ago. The game continued into extra time and lastly into penalty shoot out, where it was really very exciting and scary. People can be seen staring hard at the field in great anticipation and hope, under the fast-darkening sky, which caused the ball to be almost faint, and even praying as the shots happened. VJC missed a few and MJC was cheering all the way. In the end, we lost to MJC. But still, we cheered for the soccer team for the good fight.

Throughout the game, the Victorian Spirit can be seen expressed in the crowd, with teachers and students alike cheering enthusiastically, holding banners, with red text on white, and black text on yellow, with the words “VICTORIA JC” printed, high up. All the supporters cheered their best, along with the red shirts. some even painted their faces. lots of interesting shots for me as a photographer. haha. The sources of most of the cheering were from very enthu house capts and normal victorians, while the red shirts were more of facilitators (whom seem to end cheers pretty quickly…actually should cheers be planned to end? Maybe they should die down by themselves) than initiators…hmmm…I realised that due to the high proportion of VS students in MJC, they also have the MJ Boleh cheer, same as the VS/VJ one, though they added some actions to it…hmmm…

Thursday – takgiu@VS, Hockey
Thursday, Mrs Chan didn’t announce any half day, plus some other things, which led to the mood of the general student population to be in low spirits after assembly. I thought it was not very nice not to declare a half day just because we didn’t get champions. the soccer guys deserve an incentive for all their hard work. Nevertheless, she apologised for the bad mood after assembly on Friday.

Anyway, I went VS to support my brother who’s presenting takgiu to 3 classes at VS Arts Day. Somehow the dvd player couldn’t recognise the dvd+r. so we used mr ong’s laptop instead. not sure if I mentioned this, but mr ong actually found out about takgiu through cowboycaleb’s blog, and then I asked him how he found out, and he realise that it’s from my brother. It went quite well, the guys enjoyed it and laughed at various moments. Some teachers were there too, including Mr Liong and Mr Khoo. Mrs Lee HP saw me and asked me what brings me back…she didn’t know that Jacen’s my brother. After the clip, my brother did a short presentation along with Q&A, though not many questions were asked.

After it ended, I went back to college for GP, before we all went for hockey match support at Delta. Prabh was admitted to hospital for some intestinal infection, but he was fit enough to play the finals. We had a big crowd of people at Delta, occupying more space than RJC. The atmosphere was great, especially when the girls scored 1-0 and won with that. It was an enjoyable champion for us, cheering “We are the Champions!” and we get to keep the trophy I think cos it’s 3 times in a row. wow to the hockey girls! as for the hockey girls, we aren’t that lucky. RJC won 2-0. Nevertheless, we cheered “YOU are OUR champions!” to them during the prize presentation. Ironically, there were no Rafflesian supporters at the end. The whole RJC area was EMPTY! Wow…they are SO supportive! They won champions for guys but no one is there to cheer them. what sia…I think if I were one of their hockey guys, I would feel a little sad for there were no supporters despite winning.

It was a good match for everyone since it lifted everyone spirits, especially Mrs Chan, for our 1st Championship title after so many 2nds and 3rds for the other sports finals. Mr. Tan was seen cheering happily too, along with the other soccer guys.

Well here comes the interesting part. On the way home, I thought of making good use of my photos and short videos by making a production and show it on friday. It’d be the fastest production made, of the most recent events. And thus, after I went home and settled down, I started doing it by selecting photos and realised that I only have a few short video clips of the cheering to accompany them. If only I have the DV tapes. I decided to do a round-up of Term 2, with the theme “We Are The Champions”, with champions in performing arts (Musicfest), champions in the community (Picic at the Park), champions on television (on CNA’s Up Close), in our concerts (harmonica clip), in cheerleading (sports day), in national competitions (x-country, tennis, basketball), keeping her flag unfurled, crying our hearts out at National Stadium (soccer), and screaming for joy at Delta (hockey). I spent about 4-5 hours muveeing the photos and putting them together with “When You Believe” and “We are the Champions” songs, in Premiere. I almost gave up the idea when the computer crashed a few times, but I moved on. I finished at 1am and exported the 15 min clip overnight.

Friday – The Video…
Woke up the next morning, and alas, the exported version had some audio sync problems. I’ve to check it, re-import, conform the audio and export it again, on the way to school. At this point of time, I was actually hesitating whether to go ahead. Cos the original plan was to store it on my HDD and use mdm teo’s laptop. It was a dilemma between risking to show it, or not showing it at all. However, I went on and brought the laptop to school, squeezing it into my bag (my bigger bag’s strap broke recently!). Despite the hiccups, I sms-ed mr seet to ask to show the clip, though it’s very last minute. At 7.00am, I only actually started exporting in the canteen in school. I realised that there actually isn’t much time left for me to export the whole thing, so I decided to cut it short and delete the musicfest and other parts in front, and only to start with with sports day. but still, the estimated time for exporting was diminishing my hope of showing it, since it has to be exported before assembly. 7.25am, I went to see Mr Seet, and he said cannot show, no time, and 15 minutes too long. I told him 5 minutes (luckily I cut short the exporting), and he say he’d try to squeeze it in.

It was 7.30am, I rushed to prepare, knocking on the door of the PA crew. They say they afraid the projector takes too long to warm up. But nevertheless, they try to accomodate my last minute request. No time to test the video after export, no time to test the sound either. Assembly started. Announcements went on, some other stuff went on, and cheering went on for the hockey girls and guys. Assembly time extended way past 8.00am. Mr Seet say might not be able to show. 8.15am, Mr Seet went up to with Mrs Chan to discuss half day. Mrs Chan spoke, apologised for Thursday’s bad mood, and declared a half day, as teachers pressured her, as well as canteen vendors. I hope Mr Seet will let me show as it’s the last assembly of the term. In the end, he signaled me up, saying something like “before you go, there’s a video of the photos of recent events, a good memory especially for the year twos.” (???)

I rushed up, tried to play the video. oops, it isn’t showing on the projector. Fn-F4! Fn-F4! Fn-F4! Oops the laptop refuses to switch and only one option: LCD/CRT was available. I tried plugging and unplugging the VGA cable and Fn-F4ing again but to no avail. Fn-F4! Fn-F4! I was panicking, and a few moments later, I told mr seet that cannot show. Alvin, SC pres, went to announce that due to technical problems, not able to show. (I heard there were some people whistling…beep (x11) Video! lol) In the meantime, I closed WMP, and tried Fn-F4 again. ah CAN! but when I opened the video…oops CANNOT! so I closed WMP again, Fn-F4, then went on searching for the mouse pointer on the projector screen , then clicked the video file. I had to do it twice for I split the file: the icomp intro, and the video from sports day. and because of this, the icomp intro just kept playing with the sound but not showing on the screen, almost as if deliberately. lol…the whole affair was a blunder. moreover, I realised that the exported MPEG2 video had the wrong aspect ratio or some settings problem – it was taller than wider. So the photos looked out of proportion. The video was unusually laggy and jerky too. The projector was too dark as usual…not enough lumens. But still, I think most appreciate the video, reminding them of Wed’s and Thurs’ and it ended with “To all Victorians who have sweat all out for VJC, YOU are our champions” along with applause.

Yay, finally it’s done, shown and appreciated. Despite the so many blunders. The fastest ever video production. Mostly With Photos (by me, ivan and yt). Of the most recent events just less than 24 hours ago. Mr. Seet thanked me and shook my hand backstage later, and he announced to the school, end of assembly, dismissed for lessons, and “we would like to thank IT Comp”…>
I think that what I can learn from this last minute production are a few things:
– If you want to do something, just do it before it’s too late
– If you have a great idea, execute it as soon as possible and you’ll be amazed at the results
– The best time to execute an good idea is right after you thought of it, if not, the time might not be appropriate for it in future
– If you take too long to execute the idea, when you want to start it, the idea might not be as fresh anymore, and you might have lost the zeal to execute it
– “Do first, ask for forgiveness later”
– The greatest satisfaction after creating/producing something, is when you see people enjoying it and appreciating it.
– When you see people appreciating it, it makes them happy, and it makes you happy too.
– By making others’ lives more enjoyable, you make your life more enriching too.
– Videos are still, still, still much more complicated than pictures.
– Then again, if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth more than a million words. (Or in technical terms, 1 video = [number of frames x frame rate per second] pictures)
– (murphy’s law especially applies to last minute things)
– (I should pray and trust God more at such panicky situations)

[update: mr dominic chua said he liked the text]

well, after school ended at 9.50am, hanged out in canteen and lab for a while, before going to play pool with yt, vic and kx. later went watch Star Wars ep. 2 with yt, jr and mf.

Saw Alvin Lim, SC Pres, at Lido with his other SC friends. He thanked me for the video, said it was unexpected, and said that I did a good job. I was surprised, and we shook hands for quite long. lol. haha.

As for Revenge of the Sith, it was kinda expected, and it feels weird to watch something when you kinda know what will happen next. But I was quite surprised that the enemies were actually on the verge of dying, was quite irritated off by the possibility that they could have died easily and there’d be no ep4,5,6. haha. it gave me an urge to watch ep4,5,6 again, since I think I forget ever watching those.

On another note, the movie(s) actually draws parallels to democracy and the political system of the world. And the “dark side” and “bright side” theories of the jedi draws parallels to good versus evil, God versus satan, and such. Interesting things to ponder about.

In the evening, went to school again for Majestia. Been watching so many concerts! getting kinda bored of the PT with its economy-class syndrome seats. but anyway, band was good though it felt kinda short but was actually normal length.

hmm wow, what a long post, and a long week past and long weeks ahead.

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