Vanuatu workshop - Day 2
by Chris Schuepp
PORT VILA, Vanuatu, 12 July 2011 - On the second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Vanuatu, the young participants have to fine-tune their ideas and use their imagination to turn these ideas into images and a storyboard which they can then use during the production of the films.
Historically, the Pacific islanders are oral storytellers and on the remote islands, listening to the the radio and telling stories at night is still much more widely spread than watching TV. This heritage also becomes obvious here at the workshop, because many of the teenagers are having problems "translating" the spoken word into images. In addition to this, only a few of them are experienced with the camera, but fortunately their curiosity immediately turns this into a bonus when we hand over the camcorders to them after the technical introduction in today's morning session.
And off we go with the whole group to shoot film #1. Cedric (19) tells a story about a man who drinks kava, the sedative drink typical of the Pacific islands. Coupled with too much alcohol, kava can become a problem and in Cedric's film, the man goes home where it gets mad with his wife for not cooking lunch for him. The husband is about to beat his wife when the child enters the kitchen. The rest is special effects and will only be unveiled at the final OneMinutesJr presentation on Friday...
In the afternoon, the group and the two trainers from Germany and the Netherlands goes out to the suburbs of Port Vila, where water and hygiene issues are turned into the main topics of the films. Limo (18) was very active with the camera today when the teenagers were allowed to practice with the equipment. Now she feels comfortable to film her own video and with a little help from the trainers, she does a very good job in capturing the atmosphere in the village. Her story centers around a woman with a little baby. The mother cleans the room, gets her hands really dirty and then goes to the kitchen to feed the baby. However, Limo's film takes an unexpected turn and the baby can suddenly talk...
Many more films are on the agenda for tomorrow when the third day of the workshop starts in the capital of Vanuatu.
For more information, please contact:
Tomas Jensen, UNICEF Pacific Islands
Chris Schuepp, UNICEF OneMinutesJr project