OneMinutesJr workshop in Kotor - Day 2
Dobrota, MONTENEGRO, 24 September 2013 - On the second day of the workshop we finalize the story ideas and get the group of twenty children from the Bay of Kotor ready for the filming.
We talk again to all participants individually to get an overview about who can film with who and where and when. It's absolutely necessary to master the timekeeping at a workshop like this - there are twenty people working to get their first videos filmed and edited in only five days which means an enormous pressure on everybody who is involved in creating these films.
The first "action" comes after lunch when the whole group helps Jelena to film her story. Jelena is a 15 -year-old girl from Dobrota with Down Syndrome. She already showed yesterday that she knows a lot about disaster preparedness and she loves filming and acting. So today we show her in a class with all the other children when an earthquake takes place. Everybody is in panic, the students run, jump and stumble over each other and out of the classroom, only Jelena keeps her cool and hides under the table.
During the preparations for the film, we went through the sentences Jelena should say into the camera while lying under the table. Most of her peers and some of the adults in the school doubted that she would be able to remember the words and wanted us to use cardboard signs so she can read her text from them. However, the experience of about 100 video workshops won and we just let the camera roll. And of course, Jelena did a great job and said everything she wanted to say and more!
After this film we split up in groups so we can get more films shot today. A small group of boys helps Ivan (14) with his slapstick movie which is also about earthquake preparedness. Ivan does some weird things and always gets caught by the principal. But whatever he does, he gets away with it, claiming that he is practicing for an earthquake. The film ends with Ivan carrying a table through the whole building. Just in case…
The girls who are in the majority at this workshop (fifteen girls and only five boys) support Nevena (14) with her artistic film about wild fires. Nevena wrote a poem about fire, its benefits and dangers, and paints a picture of a burning forest on a glass window in her film.
There are lots of drawings of students in the hall that center around natural disasters. Katarina (12) uses the opportunity and asks some of the young artist how they came up with the ideas to the drawings and what they have learned about disaster risk reduction in school.
Six films are filmed at the end of the second day of the workshop, leaving us with fourteen more for tomorrow and maybe the day after tomorrow, plus all the editing, voice-overs, subtitles and so on. Long way to go, but going strong!