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Reflection week 8

We are finishing up project community and what a ride it has been. The process was like a rollercoaster in the dark with it’s ups and down and we had no idea where we were going. Sometimes the teamwork went well and other times we got stuck. When we got stuck it was like being in a room without windows and the lights out, searching for the light switch to get the lightbulb glowing. Sometimes we found the switch pretty fast so we could back on track quickly, but sometimes we didn’t find the switch as fast and we couldn’t go forward anymore.

We decided pretty early into project community that we, as the three separate groups work together. This had it’s pros and cons. It meant that we had more man power to make one bigger and better project, but it would also mean that when working with a bigger group you always have the lesser heard. This means that a couple of people dominated the conversation and the other didn’t add as much anymore. This can be solved by splitting into smaller group and discussing the ideas in the smaller group and then let one person of each group discuss the best ideas of their group, we certainly did this, but I think that we didn’t do it enough.

From al these ups and downs at least we’ve learned that teamwork is key, but working in a bigger group isn’t always better. If you first split in smaller groups or even individually you can get more different ideas into one bigger group. The most important thing of the course is teamwork, but remember bigger isn’t always better.

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Reflection week 8

We are finishing up project community and what a ride it has been. The process was like a rollercoaster in the dark with it’s ups and down and we had no idea where we were going. Sometimes the teamwork went well and other times we got stuck. When we got stuck it was like being in a room without windows and the lights out, searching for the light switch to get the lightbulb glowing. Sometimes we found the switch pretty fast so we could back on track quickly, but sometimes we didn’t find the switch as fast and we couldn’t go forward anymore.

We decided pretty early into project community that we, as the three separate groups work together. This had it’s pros and cons. It meant that we had more man power to make one bigger and better project, but it would also mean that when working with a bigger group you always have the lesser heard. This means that a couple of people dominated the conversation and the other didn’t add as much anymore. This can be solved by splitting into smaller group and discussing the ideas in the smaller group and then let one person of each group discuss the best ideas of their group, we certainly did this, but I think that we didn’t do it enough.

From al these ups and downs at least we’ve learned that teamwork is key, but working in a bigger group isn’t always better. If you first split in smaller groups or even individually you can get more different ideas into one bigger group. The most important thing of the course is teamwork, but remember bigger isn’t always better.

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Why don’t you RSA that!?

rsaanimate1RSA ANIMATE….a little bit of history!

Our movie will be based on the whiteboard style knowledge visualisation that RSA is renown for. RSA animate was first popularised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (hence the name RSA); a British non-profit dedicated to promoting theoretical and conceptual thinking. Starting in late 2009, RSA began to produce animates which were ‘hand-drawn’ in tandem with an audio file explaining an important theory or concept. This technique deemed to be extremely attractive and hence valuable for it gained the attention of millions of viewers online.

We decided to follow this tract for our video as it is not only informative but also interesting for the viewer to watch. Instead of flooding our audience with raw information we are providing them with visuals which will not only better help them understand our solution but also increase the uptake of the information. Furthermore, we were instructed by our tutor that our  proposition video should be multifunctional, also serving as a marketing campaign video.

So how are these videos made…?

This is exactly the same question that our group(s) asked when the RSA-style illustrations were being considered. We were a little worried that the skills required for such a video were not within the realm of our technical expertise ( no offense Kalvis, you are an awesome Technology Stewart 😀 )

The early animations were speeded-up camera recordings of live drawings. This means that person a would film person b doing live drawings. Although this might not seem very complicated is definitely requires much more precision and skill than now a days.

With today’s technology the process of animation has become far more refined; combing the art of drawing, filming, editing and computer animation all into one. Instead of having to draw everything ‘right’ the first time around (no pressure at all), technology has enabled us with the possibility to edit mistakes out of final works.

A widespread method of producing such videos is having the artist or artists in our case draw the animates first, and then shooting the hand erasing the line.The footage is then reversed, or run backwards to deliver the appearance of the comic being drawn flawlessly the first time.

  1. Here is an example from one of my favourite series!

The other (less fantastical) method is creating a digital sketch, which has the advantage of allowing the client to command refinements of the animation or movie sequence at any time in the process but the disadvantage of it looking less realistic. This method creates the same hand drawn images but without the hand as a prop (because it is  green-screened), making it look like an invisible wand is doing all the drawing.

    2. Here is an example of the other method:

Thats it for today folks….More to come soon!

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Why don’t you RSA that!?

rsaanimate1RSA ANIMATE….a little bit of history!

Our movie will be based on the whiteboard style knowledge visualisation that RSA is renown for. RSA animate was first popularised by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (hence the name RSA); a British non-profit dedicated to promoting theoretical and conceptual thinking. Starting in late 2009, RSA began to produce animates which were ‘hand-drawn’ in tandem with an audio file explaining an important theory or concept. This technique deemed to be extremely attractive and hence valuable for it gained the attention of millions of viewers online.

We decided to follow this tract for our video as it is not only informative but also interesting for the viewer to watch. Instead of flooding our audience with raw information we are providing them with visuals which will not only better help them understand our solution but also increase the uptake of the information. Furthermore, we were instructed by our tutor that our  proposition video should be multifunctional, also serving as a marketing campaign video.

So how are these videos made…?

This is exactly the same question that our group(s) asked when the RSA-style illustrations were being considered. We were a little worried that the skills required for such a video were not within the realm of our technical expertise ( no offense Kalvis, you are an awesome Technology Stewart 😀 )

The early animations were speeded-up camera recordings of live drawings. This means that person a would film person b doing live drawings. Although this might not seem very complicated is definitely requires much more precision and skill than now a days.

With today’s technology the process of animation has become far more refined; combing the art of drawing, filming, editing and computer animation all into one. Instead of having to draw everything ‘right’ the first time around (no pressure at all), technology has enabled us with the possibility to edit mistakes out of final works.

A widespread method of producing such videos is having the artist or artists in our case draw the animates first, and then shooting the hand erasing the line.The footage is then reversed, or run backwards to deliver the appearance of the comic being drawn flawlessly the first time.

  1. Here is an example from one of my favourite series!

The other (less fantastical) method is creating a digital sketch, which has the advantage of allowing the client to command refinements of the animation or movie sequence at any time in the process but the disadvantage of it looking less realistic. This method creates the same hand drawn images but without the hand as a prop (because it is  green-screened), making it look like an invisible wand is doing all the drawing.

    2. Here is an example of the other method:

Thats it for today folks….More to come soon!

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Reflection

This week has been different from previous weeks in that the focus of our work has changed from planning, towards execution. We have been busy working with other groups in the completion of our video for our NGO. Now we just have to put everything together, and hopefully produce a nice video to submit at the end of the week.

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Reflection

1_005559_1This week has been different from previous weeks in that the focus of our work has changed from planning, towards execution. We have been busy working with other groups in the completion of our video for our NGO. Now we just have to put everything together, and hopefully produce a nice video to submit at the end of the week.

Have a nice day!
Team BATCO

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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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