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The challenge of sharing
The whole project was conceived as collection, production and sharing of resources. The strategy was based on subsidiarity reciprocal empowerment. But these are not easy tasks. Francesco had been able to follow it up to a point. Then he gave way to a “I first” approach.
His work of editing was slow. And he did not share his work in progress with us. We had to wait that the whole edition was done and was broadcast from the TV before receiving the DVD of his version. He did not even share with us the project, just the output. May be fearing some RAI internal rules of copyright, or something like this. Even though we had shared with him all our added video footage, which was not a part of the contractual agreement and was not even acknowledged in the titles.
I kept calm and continue working on the agreed lines. I followed up Francesco process and interviewed him on the work in progress. But Vincenzo started getting nervous and continued pressurizing me about making a totally independent version. I did not do that, but asked Shachindra to refine the independent “stories” we had prepared and shared through YouTube.
We could then close up our contractual agreement with the EU with two DVDs: one of the Speciale TG1 broadcast by RAI. The other was a disorganized collection of stories. Both seemed to have a “fist cut approach” rather than being really developed products. But they did pass the quality check of both Italian television and EuropeAid. Contractual obligation were then over. And the real work now was beginning for me of transforming the whole collected material in a unitary communication product.