What I contributed this past week: In addition to giving input on the rough video, I created a branded folder for the in-class presentation and into which we will put the hard copies of the items we will turn over to the client for the graphics standards manual. The folder is labeled on front with the logo and “Graphics Standards” and also has a label with all of our group members’ names as DePaul contributors. I also included brand-coordinated CD labels for the web files, photos, audio, video, logo and color palette we will turn over to St. Joseph Services.

My concerns at this point: I wish we had the full use of all of our group members. As of now, one or two of our members keep getting stolen away from our group during class time to help the other group learn how to edit video. While I have no problem with lending our members to assist the City Farm group with their project, there are less of us than there are them and we do need 100% all of our people for input and production each week during the precious amount of class time that is left to complete this project. This is not the fault of our group member(s), just an obvious logistical / technical issue which should have been addressed early on.

To complete this upcoming week: At this point we need to get the final editing and audio optimization complete. We also need to get the correct spelling of names and titles of all those in the video and work on a lower thirds graphic overlay for the video. I believe we will be discussing this in class on Thursday amongst our group members.

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My specific contributions to your project team this week:

  • I took all of the refined logos and color palettes and put them into a single PDF for submission to the client.
  • I also am attending the Austin video shoot today to conduct duties as Video Art Director.
  • I provided support to the Project Manager to facilitate communications.

What’s going well:

Our team feels solid and our communication is free flowing. The logos were refined and sent over, things are slowly getting accomplished bit by bit.

What is not going so well:

Thursdays in class do not provide nearly enough work time for this project. It is difficult to commit another night a week to work on this project as a working professional. St. Joe’s is slow to respond and we are awaiting their logo selection(s). I find frustration in both the limited class work time as well as the client’s inability to respond in the time we had hoped. We are getting down to the wire time-wise and my concern is that we will not complete our project and end up turning over what we have to St. Joe’s.  But maybe that will be acceptable to client.

Goals for next week:

Ideally, if this tape can then get logged on Friday, perhaps Monday night the St. Joe’s group (or at least the video portion of the group) can reconvene to watch both film rolls and take editing notes, as  Since St. Joe’s expressed that the logo will need to be decided on by a board and it may not happen in a timely manner, our group needs to discuss alternatives and hypotheticals as well as a decision on the music bed for the video.

What resources or help do you need from your project team, class, or instructor?

As it was discussed last week, I do not think that I would have enough content to fill a 10-paper final paper for this class. If each person in our group wrote a page or two on their personal experience and responsibilities of this project, incorporating the theoretical connections required by Michael Moore, perhaps we could turn in a collective and complete report that covers everyone’s perspective in addition to presenting our project to the class. It would be great to re-discuss the final paper situation and get a solid decision so that notes and outlines can begin to be constructed.

As the Video Art Director for the St. Joseph’s Services project, I created a rough storyboard, which I brought to the last class and which everyone graciously gave input and collective group changes were implemented (removal of certain frames, re-arranging the order slightly). I uploaded the storyboard to the class Blackboard (view the storyboard here.) On Sunday, a few people from our group visited the Austin location and took photos.

This week (Thursday) the St. Joseph’s group is visiting the Humboldt Park facility to meet with the director and square away some video time, as well as photograph the facility and get a feel for the overall project in order to tweak the storyboard and get moving on filming.

What is Going Well? As a group, we seem to be able to communicate well outside of class using Blackboard. The volunteers who went to the Austin location went on a Sunday, so we have people going above and beyond, which is great. I think our Project Manager, Amelia Noyes, is doing a great job by posting task lists and keeping the questions rolling.

What’s Not Going So Well? With a single project like this, my concern is that there are so many of us involved that there will not be an equal distribution of work for everyone to feel “fully immersed” in this project. I think as far as criticisms, we all feel an overt sense of politeness as to not upset the apple cart. This may change as the deadline nears. We all don’t seem to be on the same page as far as time and bullet points to cover in this project, as there are so many points to cover, but I have faith that the most important points will surface during editing.

My goals as Video Art Director for next week is to have a filming schedule in place and a more refined storyboard to post.

I think if project team continues to communicate their thoughts via Blackboard (or wiki, which is preferable) for Thursday so that we can all get organized for the trip over to St. Joe’s, we’ll be good. It may take a couple class times to complete filming and then time will need to be spent editing. As far as editing goes, I am wondering if it might be possible to have a projector available so that the designated editor can edit while the project team gives input during the editing process.