The Uncompromising Artist: A case study of collaboration in film franchises

Collaboration is the key to any successful team effort. Agilists worldwide are constantly confronted with corporate barriers that are never easy to navigate and have a direct impact on their ability to coach and help their teams and organizations transform they way they work and the way they lead.

Our challenges are no different from those faced in many other industries, in fact, they are quite similar. One that has caught my attention was the development of serialized films focused around superheroes, namely the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Even with very little knowledge of the ins and outs of film making or the studio systems in which these two franchises have been developed, it is no secret that Marvel Studios has been the most successful of the two with 23 released films including the highest grossing film of all time: Avengers Endgame.

DC, on the other hand, has stumbled through a myriad of development challenges, conflicting visions and mixed receptions from both fans and critics that have resulted in a complete overhaul and change of management and creative direction.

Agilists many times feel left alone in their daily corporate battles, but maybe there is something we can learn from the creative paths of the directors that started the journeys of these two film franchises.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

The presentation is very straight forward. It covers the journeys of the two directors that started the MCU and DCEU and their current involvement with those two franchises, the studios and the parent companies with a closing segment in which I will present what we can learn from their respective experiences.

Learning Outcome

It is important for agilists to understand the corporate environment and make the most out of it. Most of us work in large corporations where resistance to change, bureaucracy and leadership can become very real obstacles in our path.

We very much operate in a "Studio System", the multi-million dollar projects we support are not small, self-financed independent films where the director gets to do whatever he wants without any executive interference. We need to understand this reality and learn to communicate, collaborate and work with all levels of this corporate structure. Movie Studios and corporations, while not always right, have a genuine interest and stake in our work and how we go about it, and if we learn to work with them, we might just become the facilitators that we are meant to be.

Target Audience

Any one can attend.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Nothing.

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