Armenian trainer Gor with one of the VJs, Alja (15) from Astana
During the morning of the second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Kazakhstan, the young participants finalize their story ideas and some already start filming. UNICEF Kazakhstan provided the 12 VJs with brand new HDD cameras which they have to get used to during the workshop. From next week on, they will work with the cameras on their own in their local environments and will only get receive some web-based mentoring from their trainer Gor Baghdasaryan (19) from Armenia. Gor was the first OneMinutesJr Award winner some five years ago - right now he is already facilitating his third workshop with the OneMinutesJr project. Gor will work with the VJs and the facilitators of the regional consultation over the summer month to produce a 30-minute film that features the most important issues brought up by the Kazakh children and teenagers during the consultation. In addition to that, the VJs will short documentary films about the process of the regional consultation. During the early afternoon hours, we take those people who are still waiting for additional actors or urgently needed filming accessoires and teach a little "master class". With one of the cameras that they will be using in the near future, we develop an ad-hoc script for a two-minute TV report about the consultation process. What images come first, how to "bridge" from this to the first interview, how to continue from there and how to wrap things up in the end. All this is news to the young participants, but they take notes and ask questions and are really interested in how it all works.
From the footage they gathered in the afternoon, it's immediately clear that they have understood what is needed to produce an interesting TV report. But now we have to go back to the OneMinutesJr project and the films we have to do. One of them is Askar's film about two young children in a park who are too poor go on the rides. In the end, they find a way to have fun without money, but Askar's film nevertheless is an important statement about social exclusion based on poverty.
Back at the boarding school where the workshop takes place, the 14 year-old from Karaganda cannot wait to get his footage loaded onto the laptop and start the editing process. While the others are having dinner, Askar and one of the trainers edit his film and before the sun goes down on Day 2 of the workshop, the first film is completely finished.
Astana, Kazakhstan - July 9, 2009 - Chris Schuepp
Watch the video about the regional consultation process here (in Russian):