Session one: In this session, my class became familiar with the film students, went through an explanation of collaboration, and just got a general feel for the next semester.
Session two: As a class we discussed the role of social media for collaboration, created a Padlet and wrote ideas regarding where we could go with our project, and voted on the most useful ideas.
Session three: The classes made a list of interactive single topic websites, in which I suggested AlexBuga. The tutor delegated teams, in which we put ourselves forward based on what we believed we would be good at. I put myself forward to be on the research team, meaning I would be doing the initial work for the project. I initially put myself forward to be on the marketing team too, but this was not pursued in the end due to timing.
Session four: We decided out theme and topic would be surrounding the role of social media in media production. We settled on how social media impacts production, commission and reception of media products. This would be done through a series of short videos. Our teams were finalized, and we were given Project Proposal forms to fill out.
Session five: The research team got to work. We created a padlet in order to fill in examples of media production. I was delegated by my team leader the task of finding examples of reality TV commissioning. We also wrote a brainstorm of our ideas and examples onto a whiteboard to get our brains working.
Session six: I continued on with my Padlet research. I finished commissioning research and moved onto production.
Session seven: I continued again with my Padlet, finished my production research and moved onto reception.
Session eight: I began to write part one of my script using my padlet research on social media commissioning. I was teamed up with a film student so they could focus on my visuals.
Session nine: I continued to part two of my script, finding examples of how fans pressured commissioning online.
Session ten: I finished part two of my script, and began to go back to my padlet to start part three.
Session eleven: I completed part three of my script and ensured I liked the flow of how it sounded when I read it out.
Session twelve: I went through my finalized script with my film partner and they discussed visuals with me they thought were suitable to go along with it for the series of short videos.
Session thirteen: I continued to review visuals with my partner while my teammates wrapped up their research scripts, in order to make sure we were both in agreement of what was being portrayed.
Session fourteen: As the main work of the research team had been completed, we discussed amongst ourselves article ideas for the site. I also wrote a short description of my script content for the website to include in the video.
Session fifteen: I spent the class researching different forms of Irish media, such as Irish cancelling stories, Irish productions that have embraced social media, and Irish influencers.
Session sixteen: I spent the session researching Irish shows that have been rejuvenated.
Session seventeen: I began to write an article surrounding Irish productions and media that embraced social media.
Session eighteen: I finalized my article and sent it to the website team for publication.
Session nineteen: I reviewed all of my work with my tutor to make sure it was all punctually correct and up to the standard I wanted it to be.
Session twenty: I helped find videos on YouTube regarding cancel culture to add to the website.
Session twenty-one: I was absent for this session.
Challenges and Benefits
A benefit of working in a team was although a lot of hard work was put in, I felt less stressed out regarding deadlines due to the workload being spaced out amongst everyone in the project. As a member of the research team, a lot of work was put onto us in the very beginning. However, once this was finished, the module became less intense and I enjoyed writing different articles for the website, which another team created. With everyone working together, using their own skills, a successful project was formed.
Another benefit of working with another class was being able to meet like-minded people, who also have a huge interest in a form of media production, while both classes had different strengths so our work all completed each others. At the same time, we all got along as people who all had the same goal by the end of this.
A challenge that was faced was a lack of communication and confusion. Due to Covid-19 circumstances, many people could not attend class in person. Therefore, this could easily lead to mix up’s with work delegations, my partner falling behind on my work or vice versa, or a class group failing to communicate effectively with the other. However, I feel this problem eased out over the first few weeks, as it was mainly just getting used to adjustments.
Another personal challenge was general nerves about meeting and working with a whole new group of people that I was not used to, and I was nervous having to show them rough drafts of work or work I wasn’t fully happy with. However, I quickly got used to collaboration, and this fear went away fairly fast.
If something could improve the collaborative process in the future, I would hope that students would be able to all attend in-person class to get the full experience and energy of working together.
If I had to make a suggestion to my tutor for next year, I would advise that he spoke to individuals to make sure them and their partner were pulling equal weight, as it can be awkward to point out that you feel you are putting in more effort than another.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time in the collaborative project. We as a class started off this project by throwing ideas out as a class onto a whiteboard, and down to the drive, unique skills and determination to produce a video series the collaboration classes made it happen. I delivered all of my roles to the best of my ability – I took time to research and review my work, while always being on time and even having time left over to contribute extra pieces to the website (e.g. articles). The project succeeded, as by working in teams we produced the end goal of a series of short videos, with level audio tones and appealing visuals. Working together in person on the few times we did enabled the most productive classes, which I feel worked best for this sort of module. However, there was disarray towards the end of the project due to our class being unable to locate where the film students left video clips.