Day Six - Still going strong!
Only a few more shots have to be taken before the editing of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Yerevan can begin.
It has taken the young participant Gor (12) quite some time to build a robot from aluminium foil, cardbox and tape. The robot takes center stage in Gor's film alongside Mari (3), Gor's little sister. The story is simple: Mari has to go to bed and instead of her mother, the robot takes her to bed. A simple idea, but remember, it comes from a 12 year-old boy! Gor explains how the idea was born: "The topic of the workshop is Children in the 21st century. With all the technology around us, maybe in some years from now it will be so powerful that the parents will have robots to look after their children. With my film, I want to show that this might happen. And I want to send out a warning with my film, because that is not the way children should be looked after."
The children at the workshop are very much into the editing. Since much focus was put on the story development, the story-boards and the filming during the first three days, the editing in most cases is straight forward. The participants took their story-boards to the film sets and used them like a check-list, so they have all the main work done and now just need to assemble the images on the computers. They are eager to learn from the trainers and some are so quick in understanding how it works that they already take over the editing process.
In the meantime, those who still have to wait for their turn at the editing suite have gone back into the streets to do more filming. They did not have to be asked to do so - their motivation is still amazing and they are now working on a "making of"-video about the workshop.
Yerevan - April 12, 2008 - Chris Schuepp