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Presenters
Main presenter
Robert STEEL
Affiliation
DePaul University Chicago United States
Presenter [2]
John PHILLIPS Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Presenter [3]
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Presentation details
Presentation title
Virtual Exchange: The Nature of Collaboration in Sound for the Visual Medium
Presentation abstract
In any successful collaboration, each person working together needs to have the emotional intelligence to understand how they are perceived in the group. As professors of film sound and film music (John Phillips at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology {RMIT} and Robert Steel at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois) , it is our responsibility to share what we have learned about the nature of collaboration with our students. We observe and assess how students work together on projects. Often these projects go well and other times they fail simply due to the lack of collaborative skills. These skills include strong communication skills, empathy, patience and an understanding of the dynamics of the group. While all of these collaborative skills can be learned, we have discovered that our students often do not have the ability to see themselves through other people. This is the key element missing in many failed collaborations in the classroom. The most recent collaboration (termed Global Learning Experience or GLE at DePaul) between DePaul and RMIT asked students to complete a city photo roman (a series of still images edited together to create the illusion of movement) of Chicago, Melbourne or both. The reference was Chris Marker’s La Jetée. The collaboration involved teams of students from each school completing various elements of the film. While the team (RMIT and DePaul students combined) created the photo roman, DePaul students scored the photo romans and the RMIT students completed the sound design and final mix. The deliverables were as follows: photo-roman (team), sound effects (RMIT/DePaul), score (DePaul), final mix (RMIT) and a reflection video (individual). Class to class synchronous meetings ran through the program and teams had at least one synchronous meeting weekly. All projects begin with a synchronous student meeting where they simply get to know each other with provided icebreaker questions. These questions get students to think with a self-awareness about how they see themselves and their surroundings, how they see their collaborators and their surroundings, and how they want to be seen. These questions prepare the students for thinking about persona. Beyond the assigned collaborative project (photo-roman) in this virtual exchange, a reflection video at the end of the project was assigned as the final component of the exchange. The outcomes have been elucidating. What a video presents is personality, how we physically communicate and how we present our knowledge and experiences to others through image and sound. There is an immediacy to the presentation that is not easily reflected in a paper. The presentation will focus on the three following threads experienced from virtual exchange: the successful and unsuccessful elements of the GLE as a collaboration between student and faculty, the student understanding of the nature of collaboration and an examination of persona as evidenced in the reflection video.
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Keywords
Collaboration, sound design, music, cinema, photo-roman and reflection
Topic
Using virtual exchange
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John and I are co-PI's on this project. Equal partners all the way.
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Submitted: Wednesday, 28 July 2021, 8:15 AM
Modified: Thursday, 29 July 2021, 3:50 AM
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