Lao teenagers get first taste of video making at OneminuteJr workshop
Luangprabang, Lao PDR: December, 2010: Fifteen short films – each exactly one minute long – were the outcome of a workshop in this picturesque Lao town that gave a group of Lao teenagers a unique opportunity to try their hand at digital video production.
The workshop was the latest collaboration between the Netherlands-based One MinutesJr Foundation and UNICEF through which – since 2004 -- youth in over 80 countries have had the chance to unleash their creativity onscreen.
Stories about a stranded tuk tuk driver, a gilded puppet, and a young boy dreaming of running his own computer shop were among the finished films. Buddhist monks, a maker of traditional instruments and an animated family portrait also featured in the video productions which drew high praise for their creativity and technique.
All 15 were screened at the conclusion of the five-day workshop before an audience that included Mr Boun Leuane Boupha, Deputy Director General of Cabinet, Ministry of Information and Culture, and Mr Som Ock Phanthavong, Deputy Director of Information and Culture of Luangprabang, as well as parents and the children themselves.
“This was a great opportunity to strengthen young people’s participation in media production,” said Mr Boupha after the screening. “We really appreciate UNICEF’s support in making it happen.”
The 15 participants – drawn from groups at the Luang Prabang Childrens’ Cultural Centre and the self-study centre @my library -- spoke warmly of their experience.
“This was a great opportunity to learn about video production”, said 17 year old Soulivong Sengsouly. “It was hard work to finish everything in just five days – from doing the storyboard and scripting to gathering the video footage. We had to work hard all day and into the evening too.”
15 year-old schoolgirl Linda Phomavong was equally enthusiastic. “I really enjoyed the chance to be creative and to learn about video production -- developing the idea using a story board, learning different shooting techniques as well as acting in my own film.”
While for most of the participants, the workshop was their first chance to acquire expertise in video production, it will hopefully not be the last.
“We had an exciting and busy time in Luang Prabang,” said Oneminutejr trainer Emile Zile. “I’m very proud of all of the workshop participants, and hope that knowledge and skills they gained here will spur on further creative use of media among youth in Luangprabang and throughout the country.”
The films produced at the workshop were also screened at the Luangprabang film festival in early December.
To view the videos, please click this link: http://www.theoneminutesjr.org/index.php?thissection_id=10&movie_id=201000405&series_id=67