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OneMinutesJr workshop in Belarus - Day 2

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
Sketch of a storyboard for one of the films at the workshop in Belarus.

by Chris Schuepp

MINSK, Belarus - October 12, 2010 - The second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Belarus starts with more story development and discussions. A lot of things have to be arranged for the filming: Actors have to be contacted, locations have to be found, appointments have to be made. And quite a few of the children still need to make up their minds about how exactly they want to film their videos.

We are working with 21 teenagers this week - 21 individuals with a high demand for attention. Everybody wants to be next in line for the individual session with the trainers. It is very important at this stage of the workshop to really allow enough time to let the ideas take shape and to find out what the children really have in mind, what moves them, what worries them, what captures their attention most.

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
Alexei in the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk, filming a scene for his video during the Belarus - Albania football match.

We thought we could start filming in the afternoon, but there are still too many uncertainties and things that need to be organized before we can start shooting. So we change the agenda and make sure all story ideas are fully developed so we can film as many videos as possible tomorrow.

Some children also changed their minds and now want to do different films. Since we have had more time with the children now, they open up a bit more and tell us stories they did not want to tell on the first day. A couple of girls start crying every time they present their stories. They recently lost their fathers and it is obvious how they suffer from this. We have to be extra cautious with them and still find a way to turn their sadness into a powerful and positive film for themselves and for others.

In the evening, it is finally time to do the first films. Trainer Kristina from Estonia films voice-overs and an animation in the workshop place and the other trainers go to the Dinamo Stadium to watch the EURO 2010 qualification match between Belarus and Albania - and to film the most important scene for Alexei's film. He wants to show his father that he does not get enough attention, so he sends him a message through a banner he holds up in the stadium.





Daily Diary from the OneMinutesJr workshop in Belarus


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