OneMinutesJr workshop in Montenegro - Day 3
by Chris Schuepp
PODGORICA, Montenegro - September 19, 2010 - The third day of a OneMinutesJr workshop is traditionally "the big filming day". We have about 10 films on the agenda for today and so we really need to get the logistics right if we want to make it.
In the morning, it is again necessary to fine-tune some of the story ideas. We do take our time with the participants, because experience shows that teenagers tend to change their minds quite often and we want to make sure we listen as carefully as possible to their views and suggestions and incorporate them in the films. Some of them have also brought special things they need for their films, so at noon we can get out the cameras again and start shooting.
Nemanja (17) goes to a special school for children with disabilities. He likes to help other children and today he wants to show us the Braille machine in the school with which the blind children can write. It is a very interesting machine, a type-writer or rather a type-puncher. Another participant, Marijan, knows how to work with the machine. He is blind and therefore becomes the main character in the film. What exactly he types is still a secret - you have to watch the film to understand the whole context.
We continue to Miljan's house, where the blind boy shows us how he works with the computer. He loves playing online quiz games and has managed to become quite knowledgeable in them. His film will be about a blind boy who wins in a TV quiz show. "I want to show that disabled children are not stupid, they can even win a quiz show, no problem!" is what Miljan says about his film idea.
Next in line is Lella, who had to undergo knee surgery a couple of years ago and had a hard time getting back on her feet. The people who helped her back then are still her best friends now and she will always be grateful to them and also pass the positive spirits on to others who are in need.
In the workshop room the other group prepares for a number of films about social inclusion, although the usual set-up for the films is that first you see an act of exclusion and then the turnaround sparked by another teenager and the attempts to re-integrate the "outsiders".
Ilda has a very abstract idea: The 16-year-old likes mathematics and finds that Pi is a great number with an almost philosophic background. Ten children personify the numbers 0 to 9 and then you see them in a perfect circle, meaning that every number is part of the circle and that the circle is only complete with all of the numbers.
At the end of the day, we drive to Konik, the Roma settlement in Podgorica. Petar (13) wants to interview some Roma teenagers here and ask them about their lives and their dreams for the future. When it starts getting dark, we finish the filming for today and head back to the workshop venue, knowing that we have covered a lot of ground today. 15 of 19 films are more or less filmed. Now we "just" need to finish the rest and then the editing marathon is about to start...