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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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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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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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Project Community – Excitement, Crisis and Rebirth

Wow, this is it already. Feels like it was just yesterday when we got introduced to our NGO and did research on their work. I can speak for all of us when I say that the past 8 weeks haven been a constant up and down.

We are now finishing up on our video and our ideas are coming to life. The teams are getting together and again, everything revolves around teamwork.

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One of the main lessons of the project was the importance of teamwork. Not only using it but more importantly coordinating it. While we were working in a team, communication was the factor that was pulling us down. We aimed to distribute work and collaborate but sometimes ended up falling back into a stage of individual work. We did not reach our full potential this way and the advantage of a bigger creative pool was only used partly.

We started working across our NGO group from the get go and had a collective result in mind. While this made working easier towards the end, retrospectively it was significantly harder to coordinate and distribute work between 15 people. We achieved great results but I believe that a more effective use of team sizes and workload distribution could have resulted in an even better outcome.

Especially different cultural backgrounds seemed to contribute to the barrier in group work. It was obvious that we could sometimes not agree on specifics and also the work ethic was varying heavily.

What could we do better?
Especially using the lessons learnt in our Cultural Differences class should have been used in order to create a more unified team that achieves more and communicates better. It would be a great addition to the weekly focus to add intercultural influences on group dynamics. However looking back at what did not work, we gained invaluable experience and will be sure to bridge these differences in our next group work. After all there is only lessons, no mistakes.

Final Words
There could not have been a better introduction to the IDE course than project communities. Even though everyone got to a point of pure frustration and confusion, it did introduce us to one of the most important aspects of a designers work – Collaboration. If we like it or not, we will work in teams again and again. Learning from the beginning how to engage with others is a great way to combine all that was learnt so far in the course.

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Project Community – Excitement, Crisis and Rebirth

Wow, this is it already. Feels like it was just yesterday when we got introduced to our NGO and did research on their work. I can speak for all of us when I say that the past 8 weeks haven been a constant up and down.

We are now finishing up on our video and our ideas are coming to life. The teams are getting together and again, everything revolves around teamwork.

There is no I in team (or is there?)giphy (2)

One of the main lessons of the project was the importance of teamwork. Not only using it but more importantly coordinating it. While we were working in a team, communication was the factor that was pulling us down. We aimed to distribute work and collaborate but sometimes ended up falling back into a stage of individual work. We did not reach our full potential this way and the advantage of a bigger creative pool was only used partly.

We started working across our NGO group from the get go and had a collective result in mind. While this made working easier towards the end, retrospectively it was significantly harder to coordinate and distribute work between 15 people. We achieved great results but I believe that a more effective use of team sizes and workload distribution could have resulted in an even better outcome.

Especially different cultural backgrounds seemed to contribute to the barrier in group work. It was obvious that we could sometimes not agree on specifics and also the work ethic was varying heavily.

What could we do better?
Especially using the lessons learnt in our Cultural Differences class should have been used in order to create a more unified team that achieves more and communicates better. It would be a great addition to the weekly focus to add intercultural influences on group dynamics. However looking back at what did not work, we gained invaluable experience and will be sure to bridge these differences in our next group work. After all there is only lessons, no mistakes.

Final Words
There could not have been a better introduction to the IDE course than project communities. Even though everyone got to a point of pure frustration and confusion, it did introduce us to one of the most important aspects of a designers work – Collaboration. If we like it or not, we will work in teams again and again. Learning from the beginning how to engage with others is a great way to combine all that was learnt so far in the course.

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The final touch – Reflection Post Week 8

How to get up a video on time – or are we actually going to meet the deadline?

It´s the last week. How did that happen?

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This week we finally started working on the video. Together with the Split we distributed the last tasks and our video started to take form.After talking to Nancy last week,we took her ideas and feedback into consideration and made our storyboard a lot more “human” and focused on ConstruCasas case. We also changed our script to adapt it to the new storyboard. Having recorded that script already makes things a lot easier for us this week as we only have to focus on drawing and editing the video. At least that´s what we thought; after listening to it we realised that you could hear our group mates talking in the background and that was disturbing the audio. So on Tuesday Me, Thomas and Bogdan recorded it a second time and this time it was a to better! Jackie and Oliver started on designing the sketches for our video. On Wednesday they finalised them and edited them in Photoshop so  they can be put in the video.Big thanks to Bogdan at this point for editing the video and making it reality!

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Our teamwork this week was really good I think. Everybody knew what to do and worked on their tasks, but did´t forget to offer their help to the others if needed. That is one of the main things we learned over the whole course I think. That it is important to look after each other and make sure nobody gets lost. After struggling with that a bit in the beginning in the last few weeks we really have that under control and i can at least say for myself that I´m very grateful if somebody offers me to help and I do appreciated getting help as much as I like to help my teammates.We also set up one final meeting to finalise all our plans and “products” we came up with to help our NGO.

If we had to do it again I would say we should have definitely gotten together a lot earlier to solve our teamwork issues. Because since we did that everything was so much easier and a lot more fun. All in all it´s safe to say that we all did learn a lot in the last 8 weeks and enjoyed it.

Shout out to the Ducks!

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The final touch – Reflection Post Week 8

How to get up a video on time – or are we actually going to meet the deadline?

It´s the last week. How did that happen?

FullSizeRender

This week we finally started working on the video. Together with the Split we distributed the last tasks and our video started to take form.After talking to Nancy last week,we took her ideas and feedback into consideration and made our storyboard a lot more “human” and focused on ConstruCasas case. We also changed our script to adapt it to the new storyboard. Having recorded that script already makes things a lot easier for us this week as we only have to focus on drawing and editing the video. At least that´s what we thought; after listening to it we realised that you could hear our group mates talking in the background and that was disturbing the audio. So on Tuesday Me, Thomas and Bogdan recorded it a second time and this time it was a to better! Jackie and Oliver started on designing the sketches for our video. On Wednesday they finalised them and edited them in Photoshop so  they can be put in the video.Big thanks to Bogdan at this point for editing the video and making it reality!

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Our teamwork this week was really good I think. Everybody knew what to do and worked on their tasks, but did´t forget to offer their help to the others if needed. That is one of the main things we learned over the whole course I think. That it is important to look after each other and make sure nobody gets lost. After struggling with that a bit in the beginning in the last few weeks we really have that under control and i can at least say for myself that I´m very grateful if somebody offers me to help and I do appreciated getting help as much as I like to help my teammates.We also set up one final meeting to finalise all our plans and “products” we came up with to help our NGO.

If we had to do it again I would say we should have definitely gotten together a lot earlier to solve our teamwork issues. Because since we did that everything was so much easier and a lot more fun. All in all it´s safe to say that we all did learn a lot in the last 8 weeks and enjoyed it.

Shout out to the Ducks!

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Storyboard ( week 7 )

About the storyboard… me and the other 2 production managers we had a meeting on tuesday where we put all the research made for this project, our thoughs and other people ideas like Nancy, toghether.We came up different plans for the final movie, analyzing what we did last weeks and schedule step by step our script.It was actually very hard to do that because everybody has different opinions about how we can create this movie and obviously we made a lot of changes to our storyboard “sketch”.We struggle a bit with the way we are going to present IWF ( International Water Foundation ) purpose, to be with clear ideas about the organization way of work but at the same time to be exciting.Afterwards we made the final script and decide over all how we will start to shoot it.I admit that it was a long week, with many debates but we came out with a good plan for the weeks left and also with a clear storyboard;we still have some things to fix but we are on the right road.

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Storyboard ( week 7 )

About the storyboard… me and the other 2 production managers we had a meeting on tuesday where we put all the research made for this project, our thoughs and other people ideas like Nancy, toghether.We came up different plans for the final movie, analyzing what we did last weeks and schedule step by step our script.It was actually very hard to do that because everybody has different opinions about how we can create this movie and obviously we made a lot of changes to our storyboard “sketch”.We struggle a bit with the way we are going to present IWF ( International Water Foundation ) purpose, to be with clear ideas about the organization way of work but at the same time to be exciting.Afterwards we made the final script and decide over all how we will start to shoot it.I admit that it was a long week, with many debates but we came out with a good plan for the weeks left and also with a clear storyboard;we still have some things to fix but we are on the right road.

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Reflection Blog – Week 7

Hello!

Time has come to get into the final steps of our project.
After splitting up the work and giving each team member chores to do over the weekend, everybody of our team came perfectly prepared to class on Monday and we could work on the finalization of the project, solution, and script.

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That way it was not difficult to show our classmates a live presentation of our ideas for the video!
On Tuesday we had another hangout with Nancy. We presented her our storyboard and asked for any possible improvements we could do. With Nancy’s advise to change the direction of our purpose a little (not focusing too much on ConstruCasa but rather set our focus on the families and working for an improved life for people in Guatemala), we changed these points in our script on Wednesday! With an improved script we started to come together with the United Splits to start on first productions for the video.

All in all I like how everybody in our group is very integrated and motivated to work on the project. It becomes more and more fun every week since we rapidly changed the way of our team work.
I do not think that there was something very challenging on working specifically in our team together. However, it was we sometimes had some issues in communication with the United Splits. More minds coming together, having more people in a group, and that way maybe different kinds of working can make it difficult to cooperate with each other.
We are now on a good way in our video presentation and I am getting excited to show the end results!

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