During a course offered by TFA called Production in Action, 300+ students collaborated on a projection mapping project for a live musical performance by Fluid Minds. We had less than 3 weeks to create 60 minutes of visual content for the show. The majority of the students came from disciplines that fell outside of the VFX realm and thus had never worked with the software programs we were using. As a (then) first-year VFX student with a passion for projection mapping, I led the content development team and also held an active role on the technical side, working closely with our professional partner, DWP Live.
Given our time constraints, my approach for content creation came down to finding a balance between developing my own content and managing the assets of the group. First, I dedicated the time to refining my own technical skills in order to teach others. From there, I drove brainstorming sessions, provided helpful resources, hosted software trainings, delegated the assets and managed the pipeline.
Through my experience as a leader and liaison, I learned much about motivating people and the value of effective communication. I found it relatively simple to identify what inspired each individual through interpersonal and group communication held in a variety of settings. By making myself available as a resource to the students, I gained the respect every leader needs in order to deliver quality results. I now invite any technical challenge and look forward to leading my next collaborative project.