November 2017: There were still 3 months left to finish the graduation animation project at the vocational school when my main teacher applied his ultimate praise-threat technique.
He was making several general announcements about our graduation projects (mine being Return the Favor, the animated short film about Windy Lightning ).
Teacher: [...] “Also, Mar. Make yourself free the 20th of February."
T: “We'll expose the projects in the Tokyo's Art Museum (Tokyoto Bijutsukan) and it is ideal you're there since you'll win the best award in animation this year..."
Looks at our full team, the other 4 members.
Teacher: “...if you finish it (the project).”
He announced in front of everyone that he already decided who the winner was… 3 months before evaluation!!
I think he noticed it was awkward when he added: “Well, technically anyone could win but… yeah” Looks at me again.
Then, another student went verbally mad while my team looked at me freaking out for the extra pressure. I was in shock.
THE BAD NEWS?
Well, my advice goes to the teacher: for the benefit of the whole group, consider what's better to tell in private! (or what shouldn't be told yet)
THE GOOD NEWS?
3 months passed, AND WE DID FINISHED IT!!
And yes, I won the expected 優秀賞 (something like "outstanding performance award" or "excellence award"). Other teachers kept praising the film and actually, one of them cried of the emotion when seeing its premiere!!!
Announcement of award winners.
You can see the animation and vlogs of the creative process in the video page. In vlog 23, you can also see the experience of exposing the animation in the museum ;)
PSSST! This content was previously shared in a Newsletter some months ago. It has been modified to fit here.