How to Collaborate Effectively – finding the right person to work with, virtually working together long-distance, and other tips

how to collaborate effectively rubberonion animation podcast episode 97
This week Stephen and Rob tackle the question of “How to Collaborate Effectively” and what that means for us animators. This topic seemed relevant since we’re working on another Podcastimation for release at the end of the month in conjunction with our 100th episode. We cover some of the factors which go into finding someone to collaborate with, how to avoid some of the possible pitfalls like a difference in vision, and review examples of popular artistic collaborations. We want to know what you think… what makes for a truly effective collaboration? Have you ever been in one yourself? Share your comments, stories and suggestions in the comments section below and we’ll read the best ones on next weeks’ episode!



(11:08)   We’re making a 3rd Podcastimation
(15:47)   Stephen and Rob’s history of working together
(35:14)   Why they work well together
(49:12)   How to find someone “worthy” of collaborating – the three pillars of working together and what do look for
(1:08:37)   The difference between Collaboration and Cooperation
(1:11:01)   Can you balance multiple collaborations at one time, like how bands do?
(1:17:27)   Tips on how to collaborate effectively
(1:25:57)   How Stephen and Rob collaborate virtually – long-distance and across time-zones
(1:39:50)   Is it better to keep collaborations small?
(1:44:45)   The most common problems and how to avoid them
(1:53:22)   Some examples of the most effect collaborators: directors and editors
(2:01:00)   “The most important thing to mention about collaboration… is trust.”

Podcastimation playlist (starting with the first…)

Stephen’s VLOGs playlist (starting with the first…)

Movie Review series with Stephen and Rob playlist (starting with the first…)

“Saving Christmas” referenced in this podcast (Stephen’s short, but voice of Mrs. Claus and backgrounds by Rob – character designs were the first attempt at merging styles)

A good collaborative team plays to each others’ strengths…

Check out more of your hosts:
Stephen Brooks (@RubberOnion)
Rob Yulfo (@RobYulfo)
Pat Ryan (@TheBadPatRyan)

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Written by
Stephen Brooks

Stephen Brooks is a freelance animator in NYC that specializes in a hand-drawn style. Being a professional since 2005, he also produces indie shorts with self-made music, sound fx & voices. Lately Stephen has taken to introducing others to animation with production VLOGs, a podcast, instructional videos and is writing a book on traditional principles in a digital world. View his animation work

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