Remember how I told you about my Film Production module earlier? Well, after a few tiring, nonstop shooting/editing days, we managed to finish our film. And besides learning how to make a short film, this group project was a big lesson for all of us, I think. In fact, all the group projects that I have had so far were difficult in terms of cooperating with people. In spite of this, I find working in groups extremely useful – even on days when I do hate it. So here are a few difficulties that we (I) encountered over the last 3 group projects.
- You have to accept that you don’t always agree in everything. (More precisely: you have to accept that sometimes you don’t agree in anything, at all.)
When I only had one partner, it was fairly easy to control things. But the other two times there were six of us, six very different people so sometimes it was really hard to come to an agreement and reach a compromise. For the Film Production, most of the disagreements came up when we were doing the editing. I stuck strongly to my opinion but so did the others, so it was inevitable that someone wouldn’t be entirely satisfied with the result. There’s not much you can do about it, really.
- When you are woking with your own friends, it can have disadvantages, too.
For a project last year I had teammates who I had only known by sight until then, so personal things didn’t really play any role when working together. This time, however, we could choose our own groups so obviously everyone went with their friends. This can be great, sure, but on the other hand, it may be even harder when you have opposing views; it can even test friendships… We, for example, were quite vehement because we all felt this work a bit personal. But once you realize that all the debates emerge because everyone wants the very best for the project, you can find a common solution more easily.
- You have to learn to listen to each other.
Sounds simple and obvious, but it’s actually not. Letting everyone to have a say in decisions and taking everyone’s ideas into consideration requires empathy and patience. The only problem is, when there are only a few hours left to shoot and you’re still nowhere plus everyone feels exhausted and stressed, it is not easy to cooperate – especially not in a calm way. But still, you have to try, because that’s the only way to go!
As I experienced, once I get conscious about these difficulties and start to overcome them, the teamwork indeed seems very useful. I mean, if anytime later on we have to do teamwork, with, say, our future colleagues, these ‘lessons’ will be very helpful, I’m sure of it. Do you guys like group projects, or you rather fancy working on your own?