This year in Stuff EQS we focused on stuff and what happens to it after we throw it away. Everyone in EQS Stuff had to make a short film/ documentary. My group, Aike Kozok, Mandarine Chyba-Rabeendran, Maya Manaligod, Keone Mahi, and me, Aedan Azeka, decided to focus on plastic and how you can repurpose/ reuse it. We first came up with an idea about hoarding but then a teacher helped us realize it didn’t really relate to the main topic, stuff, so we changed it to the mockumentary. We made a storyboard, that was about five pages, that included the sound/ lighting, camera angles, shot description, time on screen, and shot number. We decided made it like an episode of Chopped and/or Project Runway, in the sense that it would be very overly dramatic and cheesy.
We had four contestants, Andy (Keone Mahi) the manly man, Katherine (Me) the person you want to win, Regina (Maya Manaligod) the diva, and Barbara (Mandarine Chyba-Rabeendran) very eccentric, that all made wacky products from plastic bottles. My character, Katherine, made a piggy bank, for example. When it came to filming, we wanted a lot of complicated shots, most of which, we couldn’t film because of location restrictions or the time limit, and most of us haven’t had much acting experience so it took a couple of takes to get a shot done. Luckily, the teachers let us come in on Saturdays and work on filming so we could go places that would have been occupied during our EQS time. Our editor, Aike, didn’t actually edit most of the time, so Mandarine, Maya, and I worked on editing after school, which is when we got most of it done because we shared with another group. I walk home so I usually stayed back after everyone’s parents picked us up and got lots of editing done. We took our film to Kaka’ako Agora, a film venue in Kaka’ako, for the premier and went first. Some flaws in our film were the levels of sound and music in the different scenes and the artificial looking color because of how I fixed it in editing. When our film was done, Ms. Wight sent out a Google Form to get feedback on the film. We created graphs in spreadsheets. Then we went to the Public Presentations Of Learning and presented there.
Reflect on the Process of Creating Your Portfolio Item
Next time I’m the ‘leader’ in a group, I think I could be more specific when telling my group what to do and talk to them about what they need to do exactly, so that I wouldn’t have to keep prompting them to do their job. I also think I could assign jobs that I know people will do want will want to do. I could also created a detailed schedule for everyday so that each person knew what they were supposed to do, when they were supposed to do it.
Some iterations we went through was the original idea of making a short film about hoarding, taking our editor, Aike, out of the film because he was having a hard time acting, and having Andy, played by Keone Mahi, win the Plastic Wars instead of Regina. We also had to cut out a lot of scenes that were originally in the storyboard because we didn’t have the right materials to film it or not enough time. I feel like I grew in collaborating productively by learning that people may not always listen to me if I ask them nicely so I need to toughen up in order to get work done.
Representation of How Portfolio Item Represents Sustainability Skill
The legionary ant is a specific type of ant known most commonly for their teamwork throughout the colony. In the picture above shows how they work together to form bridges over water. My group, though, didn't do a very good job on modeling the legionary ants behavior. I felt as if we deserved a striving for the sustainability skill ‘Collaborating Productively’ because we didn’t shared responsibility, people did more jobs than others and also did their jobs. I was the only person that lead and only two people followed most of the time. The other people in our group didn’t really have new ideas that would add to the film. We didn’t have an established plan of action. In the first few weeks the group goofed off and talked most of the time and wouldn’t listen to me, the producer, so we didn’t get much done. In fact, I took over the director's job when filming the first scenes because she kept laughing. I also had to assign the group to various jobs, but either I wasn’t specific enough or they weren’t paying attention, because I would usually find them talking and not working on the things they needed to be working on. This project and legionary ants helped me gain a deeper understanding of Collaborating Productively by helping me understand that people might not have the same thought process as me so I need to be as specific as I can when explaining the plans for the day. My own definition of Collaborating Productively, opposed to the SEEQS staffs definition, "Assumes shared responsibility, by leading and following, for the creation of a unified product or proposed solution through encouraging a range of ideas, establishing a collective plan of action, and completing individual responsibilities," is now "SEEQers carry an even share of leadership roles and equally solve problems and share ideas. Leaders create a long term plan and followers closely follow it."