Self-management– We think the most challenging thing for us is time management, we sometimes couldn’t follow our plan. One is because we have a different schedule, another is that we always have a new idea but don’t have the equipment to help us finish. We failed at organizing materials effectively, First, we considered about using a puppet. We made an anime puppet which can wave its hands, but the problem is that we cannot find a suitable background board, even we find it, it couldn’t be big enough. Then, we tried to act by ourselves, one of us would move slowly, and another would take photos. But it was still difficult to make a good atmosphere, for example, if we turn off the light, the room would be too dark to take photos… we faced many problems, however, we solved them in the end. When we were hesitant about animation and people acting, we decided to merge them. One thing important that we can keep an optimistic mindset.
Collaboration– I think we did well on collaboration, we always have clear divisions of responsibilities, if one of us has a new idea, we would discuss it together and compare it with the old idea. If someone finished her things first, she would help another person. We encouraged each other when it was necessary and we were patient all the time. We discussed our video face to face because both of us are boarders, we always have time to make our product more perfect. We seldom had disagreement because we would compromise before quarrel.
Communication– Before we start to record the film, we had discussion time first, but if another person could not understand, we would draw down our thoughts to explain. When one is speaking, another would listen carefully, after she finished, the listener would share her idea because we could never know whose idea is better. Here is an example: when we were choosing music, both of us have our own idea, we had a topic about the BGM but there are so many kinds of music. So we listened to others’ music, then found out the best one. We did not have any problem in language or express our ideas.
Gloria: Doris is a good partner, I really enjoy the time working with her.
Doris: We worked really well, I think we did a wonderful job. But for the efficient part, we can still improve a lot.
We should be active listener and be patient when we are doing our work. We need to be friendly with our partner, for example, we shouldn’t quarrel with each other because of some small disagreement.
Anyway, this is a very good opportunity to understand each other deeply and it is also a very good experience for us to learn more things, and how to better communicate with people. Wish we can work together again in the future!