Day Four - OneMinutesJr workshop in Yerevan continues
Work in progress - On the second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Yerevan, the participants are ready for action.
Some of them still have to finish their story-boards, but all of them already have a good idea of what they want to film and where and how. It is an integral part of the trainers' work, to help the participants in defining their ideas, to help them develop images in their heads which can then be filmed and turned into fascinating short movies. Not an easy task considering that there are 20 of them at the workshop, but it is simply the most important thing: To listen carefully to what the children have to say and to really get their most personal feelings and thoughts out of them and into the story-line.
More help arrives today from the Manana Youth Center. Arpine Grigoriyan (23) participated in a OneMinutesJr workshop in the Kyrgyz Republic four years ago as a chaperone and film-maker. Arpine was nominated for the OneMinutesJr Award in 2004 for her film "Carousel" about young people and HIV/AIDS. Arpine now helps the children at the workshop together with another member of the Manana team, 16 year-old David Martirosyan, who won a OneMinutesJr award in 2004 at the age of 13 for his camera work in the film "Chalk Painting". David has recently been admitted by the New York Film Academy to participate in a 6-week film-making summer camp in the USA later this year. His dream is to study filmmaking and to become a director.
But for now, he helps where he is most needed, at the OneMinutesJr workshop in Yerevan. In the afternoon of the second day, all the children are out in the streets filming their stories or making appointments with potential amateur actors (mothers, father, brothers, sisters or friends). In the evening, the filming continue in the hotel and some of the children will have to get up tomorrow before sunrise to drive out to an Armenian village to get some footage for their movies.
Yerevan - April 10, 2008 - Chris Schuepp