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OneMinutesJr workshop in Gyumri, Armenia (2)

by Chris Schuepp

Gyumri, ARMENIA, 19 February 2013 - On the second day of our OneMinutesJr workshop in Gyumri, the young participants learn more about the art of film-making. At first they get a theoretical introduction into film language, special effects and some simple filming and editing basics. The second part of the training focuses on the camera equipment itself and the more technical part of film-making.

Participants Karlen and Lena during the camera training - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

However, we are not ready yet to start filming on Day 2 of the workshop, because there is still a lot of work to be done with the scripts. Most of the ideas are now clear and we have a good overview what kind of films we will have at the end. The topic of the workshop is Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and there are many different ways of telling stories about this. The main points are preparation and response. Some of the children will focus with their films on what you can to before a natural disaster strikes, others will focus on the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster and what needs to be done then.

In several cases it is also going to be a combination of both. Tsoghik (15) will describe a school evacuation in her film, but it is not meant to be a "disaster movie". The message of the film is the importance of having an evacuation plan in a school and that all students and teachers should be aware of it and be trained well enough to know what they have to do in case of emergency.

Film development at the workshop in Gyumri, sight of the 1988 earthquake - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

And the next film idea: Manya is also getting ready for an earthquake, but not at school. The 14-year-old girl from Gyumri is at home and makes sure that her room is as safe as possible. She fixes the bookshelf to the wall, takes heavy objects off the wall and sees to it that nothing will obstruct the door and the windows to leave the emergency exits open

In the afternoon we can already start shooting the first films. A small group of participants are accompanied by the trainers to where the Hotel Shirak in Gyumri was before the 1988 earthquake. It used to be a 12-floor hotel, but now you can only see the ruins of it. The main walls of the bottom four floors are what is left of the former hotel. 25 years later, the carcass of the Hotel Shirak still reminds people of the earthquake.

Manya is standing in the ruins of the Hotel Shirak in Gyumri, acting in Lena's film "Main walls" - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2013

Lena (13) directs cameraman Karlen (14) and actress Manya (14) through the debris and in the last light of the day, the children shoot Lena's film. "We learned in school that when the earth shakes and you are inside a building, the safest place is near the main walls. Here you can see it, because nothing else is left of the old hotel." says Lena before we head back to the workshop venue to wrap up Day 2 of the training. 

The workshop is supported by UNICEF and ECHO under the project "Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst vulnerable communities and institutions in Central Asia and the South Caucasus." 





OneMinutesJr workshop in Gyumri


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