Why did you get involved in this project?
I got involved because the concept intrigued and delighted me – it’s a game! And a mystery! In the past, I have participated in exquisite corpse projects on paper, but never in video form and I wondered how Midi would make this work.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
Probably both. The quick turnaround freed me to think about my contribution like making a sketch or writing on a sticky note. Something to be dealt with later. But in this case there was no later. And I do like to change and revise things. But only when I can’t change and revise things.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
This gave it all an air of curiosity and fun. When I finally saw who my collaborators were I felt like I was on that Netflix matchmaking show. The best part is the surprise of seeing the final video, though, because we all made something together without knowing or even communicating with each other - which is beyond matchmaking. That’s a whole other show.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
Yes, this project made me think about how there are so many possibilities for how to collaborate with others. The normalized way of building a crew is not the only way. A director-centred workflow is not the only way. There is creativity in “letting go” and taking pleasure in the unknown.