Developing Quality Workflow

Developing Quality Workflow

What is Workflow?

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Work•flow /ˈwərkflō/

“The sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.” –

What is a quality workflow?  How do we develop it?  Below are elements of the production cycle that most creative people move through as they create something.  First, we must identify the stages of project production. What is each stage and what are the quality checks for each stage.  Read on and find out!

Stages of Creation Development


We find ideas through brainstorming. We can find inspiration in other works like film, song, or literature. What can help this process is keeping track of ideas by noting them using some kind of journal, either physical or virtual. The quality of  ideas is subjective. It is hard to measure the quality of an idea because people tend to see different things as quality. Really, quality is dependent on you, the person with the idea.


Intention should be decided before the brainstorming process begins. To find intention is usually based on the team working on the project. The intention is usually an achievable goal, agreed upon by the team that usually involves everyone.


We can brainwrite and brainstorm using tools of communication like Trello or a simple messaging app in order to communicate with one another. The storyboard could most likely be done individually at first, then revised in a group and changed.


Due to COVID, this stage of production is complicated. What could work is finding who can work in person with who, and then making the production phase more independent from the class. This is a very hard phase to decide how to do because it is such a collaborative effort.


This phase, on the other hand, is fairly easy. Editing can be done individually and everything could be accessed by the editor via a shared google drive like last year. ADR could also be done remotely by the actor or whoever is doing the voiceover and sent to the editor. I’d say there should be a meeting by the team specifically after the rough cut is done so the editor can get comments from the team about it.


This piece of the production cycle is also somewhat tricky.  One possible way this could be done is that the advisory members get and watch the films before the actual meeting and write their feedback down. Then during the presentation, the participating students could present their evidence for the targets met and the advisory could give their feedback. I’d say that the feedback should additionally be sent to the students via email if they miss the meeting or if they need it for future use. This piece of the cycle could also be a short video/audio recorded presentation put at the end of the short film, or sent to the advisory board. This would most likely be a good option in the case of people with poor internet quality so that the presentation is clear.


As stated above, the feedback for each film could be given in a meeting after the presentation. The feedback should also be emailed to the student if possible so that it can be used in the future or if the student misses the zoom meeting.

Recipe For Success: Muhammad Ali

Recipe For Success: Muhammad Ali

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Born January 17, 1942, in Louisville Kentucky

Personal Success Definition

I define success as someone who pursues their passions regardless of what they are told or the obstacles they may face.

I believe Muhammad Ali was a successful person because he followed his passion for boxing even after he was systematically denied a boxing license and stripped of his passport for refusing to fight in the Vietnam war, due to his own beliefs.

Skills for Success

Ali was a boxer, an actor, and a poet. He is known as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He started his training at 12 and went on to win a gold medal at the age of 18 in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He also made appearances in various movies and TV episodes, such as Requiem for a Heavyweight or his own autobiographical movie The Greatest. He is also known for his use of poetry, either when trash-talking or during his activism outside of boxing.

How They Used These Skills

Explain how did they use these skills to achieve success?

Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X: When Happened When They Met | Time
Picture of Ali with Malcolm X: used his boxing skills to fight his way to the title of heavyweight champion on February 25, 1964, and again on October 30, 1974. His acting and poetry mainly helped to achieve another passion of his, activism. Ali was a Black Muslim in the 1960s. His success in boxing helped to show the white population that African Americans are just as able as white people. It was his skills in acting and poetry that further spread this message he had.

Challenges Overcome

On his journey to success, Muhammad Ali had to overcome the challenge of racism he faced and the hate he got from winning against white men. Ali was quoted as saying “I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.”[154]  Despite the amount of hate he faced, he still managed to become one of the most notable boxers in all of history.

Significant Work

Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston: The Controversial Fight Behind Their Iconic Boxing Photo - Biography

This famous photo is from Ali’s rematch with Sonny Liston. The photo was taken after Ali had knocked Liston out with the “Phantom Punch”.