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Day Three of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Turkmenistan – Putting ideas into action

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2008
A scene from Gulshat's film “Things you need to know”

Half-time at the OneMinutesJr workshop in Ashgabat. Most of the story ideas are polished and ready to 'go into production'. Many of the participants are out in the streets of Ashgabat filming their stories. As they are students of the Institute of Culture in the cinematography department, they are already quite comfortable with the equipment.

What is harder to convey to them is the build-up of a creative story-board, but after the first two days of discussions and hints from the trainers, the participants are now putting their ideas into action.

One of the films will show a group of happy young Turkmen boys and girls in traditional dresses dancing in the streets. At the end, the music stops and a bell tolls. A reminder that youth can also have its dangers. The director of the film, Bairam, wants to add the slogan “Take care, protect yourself!” at the end of the movie to make sure people understand his message.

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2008
Atash (left) and Maksat are shooting Maksat's “HIV campaign” cartoon.

A very interesting project is that of Gulshat. She is making her first steps at a TV station and has access to their archives. Instead of filming new material, she has decided to use the somewhat conservative and static images from state TV and put a new voice-over on it. The  text will be held in a very child-friendly version and will explain the dangers of HIV and the different ways how it is transmitted. Unprotected sex is also mentioned and of course, the images do not really correspond with the text, but there are creative ways of getting around this. After explaining things in less than a minute, the final advice of Gulshat's film is to always ask when you are in doubt or do not understand something.

Chris Schuepp – Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – October 1, 2008



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