We love being creative! And since we work in the field of experiential learning, we get to do a lot of it! This week we worked with one of our favorite groups – Emory University’s MBA program. The highlight of our time together was getting to facilitate a program we call “Video Rebuild”.
It works like this:
Choose a music video (with a lot of dancing) to recreate – we like “Ok Go: A Million Ways”
Then we separated our participants into teams, each team containing three main roles: the Producer, the Director and the Actors/Dancers. Each team has one Producer, one Director, and 3-4 Dancers. The Producer is the only person who sees the original music video the actors will eventually recreate. The producer must then relay the every thing about the video to the Director, however he or she can only verbally communicate. Then, the Director will communicate the information to the actors. The producer is never allowed to communicate with the actors. So the challenge happens with the translation and communication techniques the teams choose to use.
Then, throw in a time limit, a couple of video cameras and a lot of dancing – and out comes the final product.
This is a great activity because it challenges groups to evaluate communication styles, create a vision together as a team and rely on talents and skill to carry it out, as well as practice leadership in direction and production. Not to mention, the teams walk away with a very hip music video- Check them out below! The first section of the clip shows the original music video followed by the creative work of Emory – enjoy!