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Research Guides@Tufts

CSHD: Video Remix Project

Setting up a successful collaboration

Successful collaboration comes from clearly articulated roles and responsibilities for each step of the process.  To help create a smooth and productive production experience it can be helpful to agree on what equitable collaboration will mean for your group. 

Who are the key players and what are their roles?

Does someone own the vision and editorial leadership of the project?
Who the project staying focused?

Where do the ideas start and how do you determine content?

How do you create a welcoming space for generating and sharing ideas?
How are he final editorial decisions being made?

What happens when someone doesn't meet a deadline?

How are deadlines established for each team member?  Is there a clear schedule and established expectation?

How is the group balancing responsibility with compassion?

Dividing up the work

There are a variety of ways to divide up the work - what matters is that everyone in the group agrees regarding how content is being determined and how labor and responsibilities are being divided. All members should monitor distribution of responsibilities and a channel for vocalizing concerns of imbalance should be established.  One way to divide up the work is to assign group members specialized oversight of a specific process.  An example of typical role assignments would be Producer, Host(s), Lead Writer and Audio Editor but this explicit division is not required for a successful project.

Sample Roles

  • Someone tasked with gathering additional images
  • Someone tasked with gathering additional music/sound
  • Someone tasked with working on text slides or voiceover copy
  • Someone tasked with video editing