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Final reflection from Mate

Dear all,

These nine weeks have been passed so quickly, but the knowledge what I have acquired will stay with me, I believe. I have learned many things about myself and about group works. From now on I know, one of the most important aspect of working together is the flexibility and helpfulness and to motivate each other.

My biggest challenge during the project was to manage my time properly and able to meet the deadlines.           I hadn’t got free days, because of work, so at the end of the project I had to edit the video during the night till morning. It was a big pressure, but finally everything worked out! My biggest highlights were, when I saw the final video, and prior to that the last filming day, when we recorded the final sights, because everything went smooth thanks to the good communication and flexibility. :)

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I would like to say thank you for this great opportunity to Nancy White, Alan Levine, Laura Stevens, Marjanne Cuijpers and for the other tutors of the course!

A big thanks to my group as well: Emilio, Greog, Sandra, Abel, Alisa, Esmée, Anton, Manda, Edvinas.

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Cheers,

Mate – Documentarian

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Stahili’s challenges – our solutions

“In Hollywood, no one knows anything.” I sure felt like I was in Hollywood these past few weeks!

Nevertheless, GO BIG, OR GO HOME! (literally) So, we decided to go big.

I invite you to see for yourself what our hard work and sleepless nights were all about. Here’s a brief annotation to get you prepared for this quest:

Our video outlines main challenges Stahili Foundation is facing at the given moment and the solutions to these obstacles we came up with, taking into consideration the scale of the NGO’s work, their resources and priorities. The challenges themselves are pretty obvious and common among small NGOs, the reason behind them, however, is the tricky part. We shot our video in form of a story to help viewers see the problem from tip to the bottom of the iceberg.  And tried to incorporate the best ideas we came up with into a uniting strategy – each offered solution tackles all challenges one way or the other. (We also did our best in making it understandable and interesting with a pinch of wild effects =) ).
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Salut!

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OH MEN! I can finally see the light

This is our last week! And final blog post :( ,  we have mainly focused on filming our presentation for the Stahili foundation, since we are doing a top view recording of the video we had to manage several aspects of the filming,  we have to tackle 3 different areas of the filmmaking : Materials , Script and timetables so the people needed could unite this three to make the video.

We have been struggling with the idea of making the content appealing and so far it has been quite difficult to prepare every shoot.

We have been working together with the other group of our ngo to unite forces into the filmmaking and thinking about the bigger picture. ohhh yeah

What went well? so far we have managed to record half of script video recording, we think we are on a good path and the result of what we have recorded looks good.

What didn`t went well : we struggle with time management , we planned to start recording on Monday but we didn’t realized the amount of work that the actual filming would take , also getting all the different materials to make the video from different props to light lamps and tripod.

During this filmmaking I basically tried to solve the problems of getting some of the equipment. Professional lamps was a big issue , so during the first day of filming I just searched around university to see if anyone could let us the lamps for filming , during the 3rd day of filming we didn’t had a tripod so we had to make one! we went to the workshop and figured out with a piece of left out wood how to balance the camera and to see the proper shape that we could use to use the camera confortably without breaking the support.

Some major thinking and problem solving was involved as well as asking for external people for equipment.

What have I learned?

we have learned not to take any work for granted , no one is more important than the other , every task is as difficult as the others , just in an different areas. Also , each of us not just sticks to their own role , we exchange , we cant always arrange everything to be perfect , flexibility is key. also working in groups is harder than working on your own , you have to make peace in the battle field.

Okay

So , we are excited to see the final result and to see the reaction on our NGO , hope everything goes smooth from now own ( im to positive ) we will see :

good luck

Emilio L.

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OH MEN! I can finally see the light

This is our last week! And final blog post :( ,  we have mainly focused on filming our presentation for the Stahili foundation, since we are doing a top view recording of the video we had to manage several aspects of the filming,  we have to tackle 3 different areas of the filmmaking : Materials , Script and timetables so the people needed could unite this three to make the video.

We have been struggling with the idea of making the content appealing and so far it has been quite difficult to prepare every shoot.

We have been working together with the other group of our ngo to unite forces into the filmmaking and thinking about the bigger picture. H

What went well? so far we have managed to record half of script video recording, we think we are on a good path and the result of what we have recorded looks good.

What didn`t went well : we struggle with time management , we planned to start recording on Monday but we didn’t realized the amount of work that the actual filming would take , also getting all the different materials to make the video from different props to light lamps and tripod.

During this filmmaking I basically tried to solve the problems of getting some of the equipment. Professional lamps was a big issue , so during the first day of filming I just searched around university to see if anyone could let us the lamps for filming , during the 3rd day of filming we didn’t had a tripod so we had to make one! we went to the workshop and figured out with a piece of left out wood how to balance the camera and to see the proper shape that we could use to use the camera confortably without breaking the support.

Some major thinking and problem solving was involved as well as asking for external people for equipment.

What have I learned?

we have learned not to take any work for granted , no one is more important than the other , every task is as difficult as the others , just in an different areas. Also , each of us not just sticks to their own role , we exchange , we cant always arrange everything to be perfect , flexibility is key. also working in groups is harder than working on your own , you have to make peace in the battle field.

Okay

Here are some pictures of our filming process,

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So , we are excited to see the final result and to see the reaction on our NGO , hope everything goes smooth from now own ( im to positive ) we will see :

good luck

Emilio L.

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Act 1, scene 1… Action!

Week 8, a week full of frustration, bad luck and stress. Why is that so?

The holiday started well, we had almost everything arranged, we knew how we wanted to film and we made a list of props that everyone had to collect during the recess. But during the autumn break the ambiance changed, people were not responding on questions about the prop list and we still couldn’t find a place to film on our first day: Sunday. At the end of the week still nothing had changed and we noticed that some didn’t put effort in the props. We agreed on letting the editors do the preparation on Sunday and we start filming on Monday. On Monday we found out that there was no preparation done. We had to find out how we could do everything. After 2,5 hours we finally could start to film, could. Turns out we lacked communication between script writers and editors, the script changed but the visualizations never got updated. Back to the start, Alisa and I (Esmée) went through the script again, the editors/filming crew started to try out the microphone and filming. They were searching for the best way to get audio and filming in the same time period. At 5 o’clock the lights had to be handed in so we stopped for the day and realized we are one day behind track and the filming will take a lot more time then we expected.

Tuesday, a small group of the editors worked on the filming, the set up went quicker and everything went fluent. 1/3 was filmed and Wednesday we continued, searched for an empty room and did the set up,again.

It was a hard week and we can feel the stress. There were some irritations among the group because of this but we managed to get our heads looking towards the same direction: the good end result of the video.

For all the other teams I can say: good luck and let’s rock that last week of our first module.

Cheers!

Esmée

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Act 1, scene 1… Action!

Week 8, a week full of frustration, bad luck and stress. Why is that so?

The holiday started well, we had almost everything arranged, we knew how we wanted to film and we made a list of props that everyone had to collect during the recess. But during the autumn break the ambiance changed, people were not responding on questions about the prop list and we still couldn’t find a place to film on our first day: Sunday. At the end of the week still nothing had changed and we noticed that some didn’t put effort in the props. We agreed on letting the editors do the preparation on Sunday and we start filming on Monday. On Monday we found out that there was no preparation done. We had to find out how we could do everything. After 2,5 hours we finally could start to film, could. Turns out we lacked communication between script writers and editors, the script changed but the visualizations never got updated. Back to the start, Alisa and I (Esmée) went through the script again, the editors/filming crew started to try out the microphone and filming. They were searching for the best way to get audio and filming in the same time period. At 5 o’clock the lights had to be handed in so we stopped for the day and realized we are one day behind track and the filming will take a lot more time then we expected.

Tuesday, a small group of the editors worked on the filming, the set up went quicker and everything went fluent. 1/3 was filmed and Wednesday we continued, searched for an empty room and did the set up,again.

It was a hard week and we can feel the stress. There were some irritations among the group because of this but we managed to get our heads looking towards the same direction: the good end result of the video.

For all the other teams I can say: good luck and let’s rock that last week of our first module.

Cheers!

Esmée

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Week X

Ladies and gents! We are almost on the finish line! We no longer count which week into the project it is – it’s officially a countdown!

This week was full of collaboration. At this point we are working with fellow watotos so well – we complement each other like the magical yin-yang of peanut butter and jelly. But it wasn’t always like that. It took us good 3 weeks to reach “Zen” of collaboration. I’d like to point out the fact that there are only two teams within our NGO group which was crucial for such an early onset of our strong cooperation.

10 people means more work done, right?

No. I’ve discovered that for us the biggest benefit of working in a larger group was not the amount of work done, but the quality of it. Having more minds on board allowed us to dig deeper in our research and more critically evaluate the challenges and propositions we defined for our NGO. Another great thing is that we are the “guinea pigs” of one of our own proposals to our NGO – the expansion of volunteer network. There are a lot of similarities between Stahili Foundation and our team in that matter. Stahili’s started of as a group of 3 with additional help of few wonderful volunteers, and with the amount of work they have right now they need to expand and diversify their volunteer network in order to maintain their rate of success. We, on the other hand, started of as two separate teams of 5 working on one goal, and very soon realized, that if we make it right, we will achieve greater success through collaboration. We tried different approaches in working in a large group before we discovered one that really suited us.

Our recipe to a successful teamwork

On Monday we gather together, review the agenda in the Manual and create our own interactive To-Do list. When we have defined tasks for the week, (for us it’s better to have two to three important tasks each week  – more tasks have negative influence on the quality of result), we split into teams of 4 or 5, according to one’s personal skills and desires. Afterwards we continue working within those teams throughout the week, and have whole group discussions at least twice during our meetings. There are several benefits of this practice – first, everyone gets to express their thoughts, second – each person concentrates on one team’s task, without having to switch between topics, and finally it builds up trust within our group.

Here’s some magic of our approach at work – last Wednesday our collaboration led to creation of a 2,5 m tall Storyboard.


Storyboard (flawless Manda on a stool for scale)

The evolution of our Storyboard

During the weekend everyone had time to reflect on the Storyboard we crafted on Wednesday individually, and one common thing that we unanimously agreed upon was that our story was too vague and complex for anyone outside of our group. We needed clarity. With few very useful insights from our teacher we created a guideline for the story we want to tell in the video. This time it covered not just the solutions to the challenges, but also explained why we chose these particular challenges and why is it essential for Stahili to address them first. Right now our Storyboard floats in digital space of Google Documents for each of the group members to see and improve.

What do we do now?

At the given moment, following our tradition, we split into two teams – one is working on the script of the video, and the other one is busy with researching technical aspects of our video-making. Every member has an assignment within his team that suits his or her capabilities best.

Above that, we are strongly cooperating with our NGO and look forward to meet with them again during our autumn break.

Life is sweet. So is my group.

Here’s something to read for desert – Watotomages – Reflection of week 7

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Week X

Ladies and gents! We are almost on the finish line! We no longer count which week into the project – it’s officially a countdown!

This week was full of collaboration. At this point we are working with fellow watotos so well – we complement each other like the magical yin-yang of peanut butter and jelly. But it wasn’t always like that. It took us good 3 weeks to reach “Zen” of collaboration. I’d like to point out the fact that there are only two teams within our NGO group which was crucial for such an early onset of our strong cooperation.

10 people means more work done, right?

No. I’ve discovered that for us the biggest benefit of working in a larger group was not the amount of work done, but the quality of it. Having more minds on board allowed us to dig deeper in our research and more critically evaluate the challenges and propositions we defined for our NGO. Another great thing is that we are the “guinea pigs” of one of our own proposals to our NGO – the expansion of volunteer network. There are a lot of similarities between Stahili Foundation and our team in that matter. Stahili’s started of as a group of 3 with additional help of few wonderful volunteers, and with the amount of work they have right now they need to expand and diversify their volunteer network in order to maintain their rate of success. We, on the other hand, started of as two separate teams of 5 working on one goal, and very soon realized, that if we make it right, we will achieve greater success through collaboration. We tried different approaches in working in a large group before we discovered one that really suited us.

Our recipe to a successful teamwork

On Monday we gather together, review the agenda in the Manual and create our own interactive To-Do list. When we have defined tasks for the week, (for us it’s better to have two to three important tasks each week  – more tasks have negative influence on the quality of result), we split into teams of 4 or 5, according to one’s personal skills and desires. Afterwards we continue working within those teams throughout the week, and have whole group discussions at least twice during our meetings. There are several benefits of this practice – first, everyone gets to express their thoughts, second – each person concentrates on one team’s task, without having to switch between topics, and finally it builds up trust within our group.

Here’s some magic of our approach at work – last Wednesday our collaboration led to creation of a 2,5 m tall Storyboard.


Storyboard (flawless Manda on a stool for scale)

The evolution of our Storyboard

During the weekend everyone had time to reflect on the Storyboard we crafted on Wednesday individually, and one common thing that we unanimously agreed upon was that our story was too vague and complex for anyone outside of our group. We needed clarity. With few very useful insights from our teacher we created a guideline for the story we want to tell in the video. This time it covered not just the solutions to the challenges, but also explained why we chose these particular challenges and why is it essential for Stahili to address them first. Right now our Storyboard floats in digital space of Google Documents for each of the group members to see and improve.

What do we do now?

At the given moment, following our tradition, we split into two teams – one is working on the script of the video, and the other one is busy with researching technical aspects of our video-making. Every member has an assignment within his team that suits his or her capabilities best.

Above that, we are strongly cooperating with our NGO and look forward to meet with them again during our autumn break.

Life is sweet. So is my group.

Here’s something to read for desert – Watotomages – Reflection of week 7

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Reflection week 7

Rehearsal Presentation & Production aka the Final Countdown (week 7)

What we have done this week what’s the progress of the process?

This is the week where we basically need to wrap up everything we’ve been doing till now and put this ‘everything’ in an easily digestible video to advise the Stahili Foundation.

Even if we as a group needed to tackle some challenges in our decision making-process we are still enthusiastic about the end result and the effect we might achieve.  Enthusiastic in that sense we hope to give “our” NGO useful advice that will help to boost the effectiveness and efficiency of the work they’re doing.

With this enthusiastic mood we going into this team adventure of filming a short and informative video for advising the stahili foundation. For this Video we have already prepared the storyboard and we have had a feedback session, where we recognized that we first need to create valuable content (for the NGO) to later be able to visualize it in an catchy, understandable and useful manner. Valuable – what’s that? What we are meaning? Meaning; we recognized we need to improve our WHAT, HOW, WHY  to better make sense of our findings. Hence be able to not only inform the Stahili foundation but also encourage action.

As we worked in a collaborative group with InterHague and considering that we more or less experienced steadily changing sub-groups, we also divided the task for filming the video between all members (of two groups). Just to name it once we split up in Script Writers, Film-Crew, Editing People.

Preparation for the video includes when and where to film the video. Further the materials and devices we are going to need on the spot. Besides patience somebody might bring the storyboard that we actually know what we are doing.

The VIDEO includes the main issues the foundation faces, what we researched during the last weeks and the effects we actually trying to achieve.

The content of the Video in short:

What? Volunteers

why -> be more effective, sustain and expand the impact that they have right now

more donations through efficient work

how -> recruit, manage, support

utilize differents tools and methods to achieve those objectives

What? Fundraising

why? -> build and maintain a better/closer relationship with donors

how? -> showing/visualizing the donors how they contributed to help the children supported

by Stahili

What? Publicity and Communication

why?  -> (enlarge, engage, involve network/community) to have greater impact and secure

future for the children they support at the moment

how?  -> Social Media Schedule, revised brochures, improved style of approach

Cheers

Enjoy the autumn break!

Sandra

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Reflection week 7

Rehearsal Presentation & Production aka the Final Countdown (week 7)

What we have done this week what’s the progress of the process?

This is the week where we basically need to wrap up everything we’ve been doing till now and put this ‘everything’ in an easily digestible video to advise the Stahili Foundation.

Even if we as a group needed to tackle some challenges in our decision making-process we are still enthusiastic about the end result and the effect we might achieve.  Enthusiastic in that sense we hope to give “our” NGO useful advice that will help to boost the effectiveness and efficiency of the work they’re doing.

With this enthusiastic mood we going into this team adventure of filming a short and informative video for advising the stahili foundation. For this Video we have already prepared the storyboard and we have had a feedback session, where we recognized that we first need to create valuable content (for the NGO) to later be able to visualize it in an catchy, understandable and useful manner. Valuable – what’s that? What we are meaning? Meaning; we recognized we need to improve our WHAT, HOW, WHY  to better make sense of our findings. Hence be able to not only inform the Stahili foundation but also encourage action.

As we worked in a collaborative group with InterHague and considering that we more or less experienced steadily changing sub-groups, we also divided the task for filming the video between all members (of two groups). Just to name it once we split up in Script Writers, Film-Crew, Editing People.

Preparation for the video includes when and where to film the video. Further the materials and devices we are going to need on the spot. Besides patience somebody might bring the storyboard that we actually know what we are doing.

The VIDEO includes the main issues the foundation faces, what we researched during the last weeks and the effects we actually trying to achieve.

The content of the Video in short:

What? Volunteers

why -> be more effective, sustain and expand the impact that they have right now

more donations through efficient work

how -> recruit, manage, support

utilize differents tools and methods to achieve those objectives

What? Fundraising

why? -> build and maintain a better/closer relationship with donors

how? -> showing/visualizing the donors how they contributed to help the children supported

by Stahili

What? Publicity and Communication

why?  -> (enlarge, engage, involve network/community) to have greater impact and secure

future for the children they support at the moment

how?  -> Social Media Schedule, revised brochures, improved style of approach

Cheers

Enjoy the autumn break!

Sandra

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