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*NOTE: If all you see is green screen, right click the vid > settings > disable hardware acceleration > close.
First stop motion done using an ACTUAL video editing software and not some clump like Windows Movie Maker. I swear, the latter keeps hanging and crashing each time I import a sequence of photos. Not Premiere Pro though, no. Although it took me a few days to get the right version and install in correctly, it’s all worth it! No need to rely on the fixed low-res videos WMM exports, much much more flexibility with frames and colours. It looks daunting at first but with best interwebz friend Google by my side, I actually did a decent stop motion. All this blabber may have been for nothing, seeing as few people click on video play button (me, I’m the sort who won’t click the button unless it’s something I really want to watch, like Sherlock, or kepochi me wants to kepochi in other people’s lives).
Hello, I should probably start now. Joanne, Jocelyn, Yee Teng and I boarded the Aeroline bus to Penang. It was very decent, they even have a bus “stewardess” who served drinks and we each had a Subway sandwich for breakfast. THERE WAS ALSO A MINI TV SCREEN THING AND I WATCHED FORREST GUMP WHICH WAS AMEHZING AND Johnny English Reborn which was doubly hilarious! Anything with Rowan Atkinson in it is hilarious, period.
On a whim, Yee Teng’s auntie suggested we went for a Cruise To Nowhere (really the name was “A Cruise To Nowhere”.) Alright, we all thought it was a cruise cruise,
not a tom cruise I mean, we thought it had a glamourous swimming pool on the upper deck, few levels of shopping centers and the like. Well… it wasn’t. It was more shoddy, dodgy, and to quote Jocelyn: “expecting a prostitute to pop out at any moment” kind of place. Armed with apples, camera, tripod, an ukulele, and each a bag of spare clothes, we camped out at the deck.
There was a lovely moon that night, THIS PHOTO DOES IT NO JUSTICE. We sat there on the LIFE JACKET labelled benches, with the occasional ukulele melody, sea breeze, and the nice company. Caaaaaaaalm. Zeeeeeeen.
She flipped me the finger before giving the camera this adorable look. (Understandable, she was trying to sleep and my constant annoying ka-CHAK ka-CHAK ka-CHAK KA-CHAK of camera shutter for stop motions was really… annoying HAHA)
The deck had really pretty lights, I’ll give it that.
The LIFE JACKET benches weren’t really sleeping material. A kind member of the staff offered to open the pub for us to sleep in because ‘the deck isn’t quite safe’ but the pub stank of cigarette smoke and was way too cold. Yee Teng and I kept watch until I dozed for an hour at 3am but Yee Teng da champion woman. She didn’t sleep at all! At 4 she woke me and it was another groggy 2 hours as I fell in and out of sleep sitting up foetus style, sharing a towel-blanket with Joanne. Then it started to drizzle so we had to go one deck lower. Then it started to rain quite steadily, and a pipe behind Joanne burst? leaked? so we had to go indoors. Then there was a thundersTHORm (sorry I couldn’t pass up the chance to make a THOR joke) and we watched the decks flood.
To the cruise’s defense though, the dining room was alright. The kitchen staff and pilot-chef-sumwhat people were alright. We broke our fast at 6 in the morn’ while waiting for the storm to calm and the sun to rise. (I like that last sentence. I feel like I’m talking in a George R.R. Martin novel.)
We went to the beach after lunch. On the same no-bed-night day. No rest for the wicked.
Mexican Duck Pizza and… ice cream. Which costed us a pretty penny. The Banana Pancakes song played at this point, hence the song for the stop motion.
Most events of the beach were documented with stop motions,
but I can’t muster the energy to make a second one after that Cruise To Nowhere. (Apparently I can, though sloppy, see below.) I make them for fun, and being satisfied at the results anyway, no rush.
Someone nasty took Yee Teng’s pink suitcase when we took the bus back. Why, why so greedy?! Just… argh I hope Karma turns round and bites you in the butt. 3d2n seemed more like 1d1n, what with the messed up sleep on Cruise night/day. See, idek what to call it.