Video Production: The Key to Collaboration
Video Production, unlike Painting or Writing, is not a solitary craft. It is a team effort. And if anyone had to do a group project in college, they’ll remember that collaboration can be pretty tough. Adrenaline Broadcasting is always excited for collaborating with our clients. That is why it is important for us to always encourage our employees to stay open to collaborating with creative minds.
The main problem is that most of the time we are so focused on our own jobs that it is hard to think about anyone else’s job. The tricky thing is that the team has to be supportive of everyone else’s concerns. The more we do this, our own position benefits because the video production will be moving forward as a whole.
If you are the sound mixer for a video production, you often need to make sure that the 2nd Assistant Director has his slate ready. If there is a problem with the slate, then the sound will be out of sync, which will be trouble for the editor. The Script Supervisor’s job is to keep track of everything that has already been filmed so that the director can keep the production moving. Every job description for a video production points to the value of collaboration.
Delving into the heat of the production, collaboration will be more than a job description. On a creative project, we often will come across problem solving situations that are too big for us. Whether you’re a director trying to figure out how to block a scene, or a set decorator with a huge room to lay out, group collaboration is always valued when someone helps you when they don’t necessarily have to. Most projects are successful when the team goes above and beyond the expectations of the audience. The only way that actually happens is if everyone goes above and beyond the expectations of each other.
But as we’ve all probably figured out, there will still be that one guy who doesn’t like you. For some reason, you and him just don’t click. Not everybody has to get along; that’s totally fine. But the real problem arises when it gets in the way of filming. Neither you nor the other guy wants that. So the best thing to do is to think about what they need, and make sure it is available. Little things can make a big difference for how someone performs. If your “friend” is constantly running into sandbags on the floor, then take a moment to get them out of the way and organize them. It can be really annoying having to put up with people we don’t see eye to eye with. But ultimately we have to put our own feelings aside for the sake of the production. Even if that one guy doesn’t like you, the majority of the crew will realize how hard you are working and thank you for it.