The Leadership Angel Interactive Drama

Client:
Nice Media
Product:
Interactive Learning Drama
Duration:
18 minutes 54 seconds

Nice Media has been making interactive video for learning for years. We had nothing we could show publicly however, because our work was hidden behind client NDAs. So we decided to produce an interactive drama of our own.

No piece of training exists in isolation, so we started by defining an audience and setting learning objectives. We wanted viewers to learn something. We chose the subject of Leadership as widely relevant to both small-to-medium companies that are trying to grow, and bigger companies with ‘siloed’ departments or branches. We also identified a core issue: if leaders are detail-focused rather than strategic, this disempowers managers. Potential is wasted, careers are stalled, and employees become disengaged.

The Leadership learning points for the course are:
• Don’t use authority to harm… use charm to motivate
• Don’t make an example-of… set an example yourself
• Don’t use inappropriate language or humour… create an inclusive culture
• Don’t set tasks and deadlines… set objectives and be visionary
• Don’t focus on the problem… look at the big picture
• Don’t pretend to know everything… consult your experts
• Don’t be a manager… empower your management team

The next thing we needed was a strong story and engaging characters. In summary, a not-quite Angel intervenes in the life of hapless leader Stuart Weedle: “You’re not leading, Stuart: you’re barely managing.” The viewer guides Stuart through a serious of tests to become brilliant leader. Or possibly a donkey.

The course structure is compact enough to demo quickly, but also complex enough to show different ways of branching and delivering feedback. The maverick character of Angel gave us great dramatic licence to do play with the form. (Click here to download a wireframe of the course design).

The course was built and is supported online by our development partner TellUs. Interact with the video above to explore it.

As we’re blowing our own trumpet I think it’s about time we shared the limelight with everyone involved in the project. So here, unusually, is a list of cast and crew to give you an idea of what goes into making a project like this, and of course, to thank everyone.

Credits list:

Stuart Weedle

Angel

Rosie

Office Girl

Office Boy

Driver 1

Driver 2

Driver 3

Driver 4

Office Worker

Office Worker

Office Worker

 

development team

 

 

 

learning designer/scriptwriter

 

creative director

 

executive producer

 

course build

 

video director

producer

production manager

director of photography

sound recordist

camera operator

stylist and make-up

prop maker

production assistant

behind the scenes camera

 

editors

 

 

 

visual effects artists

 

 

colourist

 

studio

 

catering

 

 

special thanks to

SIMEON WILLIS

JOANNA NEARY

GITA GUPTA

JENNY ROWE

RADY FULGU

TOM DUSSEK

STEVE DOYLE

JONATHAN SWAIN

ANDY THOMAS

SOPHIE DEARLOVE

SOPHIE COSTIN

FRANCESCA CANE

 

TOM HICKMORE

ANITA SULLIVAN

TOM WINDSOR

 

ANITA SULLIVAN

 

TOM HICKMORE

 

MELANIE HICKMORE

 

TELLUS UK

 

TOM HICKMORE

TOM WINDSOR

CARA GHOSHAL

BEN TURLEY

DAVID BRIGGS

RICHARD GIBBONS

JULIA WADE

JONATHAN SWAIN

ALICE WHITING

JULIA ROCKWELL

 

RICHARD GIBBONS

TOM HICKMORE

MARK SNASHALL

 

PJ PALOMAKI

OLLIE WILSHEN

 

RICHARD GIBBONS

 

SPECTRECOM STUDIOS

 

CAFÉ PLENTY
MADEIRA STAR

 

WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

JAMES DELICATA – VANTAGE POINT

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