On the third day of the workshop in the Kazakh capital Astana, the participants have to finish their filming and get to the editing computers. Actually, they seem to be really getting into the filming now and all the cameras are taken in the morning and the teenagers are shooting films and interview at almost every corner of the boarding school and in the school-yard. Here at the workshop, they can train their skills and ask questions before they go back to their cities and villages next week. There they will be on their own and the task of "video-documenting the regional consultation" will be quite a challenge for most of them.However, there is progress on most of the stories and the first participants even start filming their second movie. Alja has an idea about palm-reading and the value of life. With the idea and her suggestions for the filming, she immediately wins over the trainers and in the lunch break she gets help with the camera set-up and one of the trainer literally lends her a hand. The editing then takes much longer as Alja uses "stop motion", an animation technique that requires more editing time than most other films. But the result and the reaction of the others when they see her film definitely are worth the extra effort.
Other topics of the day are neglected children, drug problems and the sale of alcohol to minors. The regional consultation is likely to bring similar results, but it is going to be interesting to see what the children suggest in terms of solutions during the consultation. The OneMinutesJr films will do their part: They are not necessarily meant to state the problem and then also come up with the solution. They are a starting point, they break the ice, they kick-start a discussion. At the end of this workshop, there should be about 15 new "discussion starters" burned on DVD and ready to travel to Shimkent, Uralsk, Almaty and other places in this huge Central Asian republic. Now back to the editing suite... Astana, Kazakhstan - July 10, 2009 - Chris Schuepp