Hello! I've been thinking very carefully over the past few weeks about how I think production methodology and site communication could be improved.
One of my major areas of concern is that of curators. I want to start by saying that this isn't at all about them, but about the system, and how I think it can be improved.
I think curators would be better utilized in managing recurring or longstanding collaborations, like tori's 10 Minute Writing Challenge or MarieBee's Photography Challenge of a similar vein. Once, the idea of collaboration directors was discussed, and I think it's this idea I would like to see revisited and explored as a supplemental or even alternative way curators can contribute as opposed to featuring records and creating curated albums of favorite records. Many people have requested more direction, and I think that by appointing an appropriate director (or directors) for long standing collabs or important collabs, like the TV show ones, would be a great way to provide that direction and feedback. And depending on how it was handled, it could also feel a little more egalitarian. People with great ideas, like catamaranwestern, could help to direct their collaborations alongside a curator.
Edit to expand on this idea a bit from my own experience:
When I was running the RE-REC collab, it was understood that each week, I would create the collab, feature records on the reel and interact with the people who contributed. I took this really seriously. Since I've given up the collab, it has sort of sat on the shelf, not being featured weekly, not being updated, not being as taken care of, and I feel it's suffered as a result. Honestly, I feel kind of bad I stopped doing RE-RECs because I thought they'd be handed off to another committed RE-RECer.
I think having a director take care of these important collabs, updating them, interacting with contributors, being there to give feedback, would really help other collabs not suffer the same fate. Many of the TV show collabs were forgotten after the first week, the reels never updated, the late contributors not really knowing if anyone had seen their contributions. Obviously, some collabs would require more than one director.
I just felt I needed to clarify that. :)
Thanks for reading!
This is a first draft of one of the scenes I'm animating for SAM-urai's beautiful writing "There's a storm inside me".
I hope you like it, Sam :)
numero cuatro was challenged by Katie (musing5225):
"create a video with resources on the site. only caveat: no record you use can have double digit hearts. hehe show us some dusty gems in a new light."
This was super fun and challenging, especially since there were some records I intended to use then two days later their hearts shot up to thirty and I had to discard them D:
Johnny's writing for a fake commercial was an awesome start to the treasure hunt, which led me to find some other gems which I recommend you all check out, particularly Valerie D's music and edlive's voice overs, and of course all the illustrators resourced!
gracias Katie <3