First week we were briefed that we will be working on projects from R&D Studios. Our group consisted of Sarah Choong, Adrianus Otto, Matthias Lim, Balqis Zaidy and Safwan Aziz(Me); to work on infomercial about The Arrival of Bugis at Selangor. Not much was being done this week as we will get more details next week at the client’s studio.
Some research done in the meantime, mostly on who Bugis and their historic context. Their art mediums and cultural aesthetics. The information is very scarce especially the images but some were barely found on the Ethnics of Jewellery From Indonesia book.
A few interesting bit I found about the Bugis is they have 5 genders. Bugis society recognises five genders: makkunrai, oroané, bissu, calabai, and calalai. Makkunrai and oroané are comparable to cisgender women and men, respectively.
Pictures of Buginese people are also very rare and some of them are not well sourced.
Buginese uses ship as they are mariners and to travel across sea to Malaysia as part of their journey arriving in Selangor. They uses a specific ship called Pinisi; medium sized ship with specific designed sails above for better navigation.
This week we were supposed to be meeting the clients but unfortunately for me, I was on medical leave due to a flu. Fortunately the rest of the group met with them and updated me on the progression. The client are still finishing the script which-hopefully-done by this weekend. The style they most likely to go for is similar to Kung Fu Panda 2 opening sequence.
The style could fit well with the traditional wayang kulit style- an art medium that is prominent in Indonesia and Malaysia. Texture details could also be replaced with batik texture-also common in both nations.
This week we were supposed to progress on storyboard as the script was supposed to be given last weekend. Unfortunately, it was still being worked on and that delays majority of our steps. Without storyboard, we can’t fully work on the assets such as characters, environment and even sounds. But we still try to ready some of them so we won’t have much trouble as the script comes in. We tried to finish assets such as movement of camera and character animation.