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OneMinutesJr workshop in Ust-Kamenogorsk - Day 2

by Chris Schuepp

UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan, 4 September 2012 - The second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in East Kazakhstan starts today with an introduction on how to operate the cameras. As always, the children are extremely interested in the technical aspects of the film-making and it is difficult to get them back to the workshop room to talk about their film ideas again.

First experience with the cameras on day 2 of the workshop in Kazakhstan. - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

But first things first and without a good script it is impossible to shoot a good movie. So we sit down with everybody again in short individual sessions and discuss and finalize the storyboards. Some have changed since yesterday, but the main focus of the stories remains to be on earthquakes, flooding, climate change and the ecosystem in the region.

In the afternoon we start filming the first movies. Berik (17) from Semipalatinsk has set up the scene for his animation movie about an earthquake. Together with Daryn (14) as cameraman, he will build cardboard houses and then let them collapse by shaking the table. After this "earthquake", he will continue the building process with real bricks. Berik's text for the voice-over at the end of the film: "We know that we live in a region with a high danger of earthquakes. Then why do they keep building houses with cheap materials that collapse and bury the people when the earth shakes?"

At the doctor's - how to stay healthy in extreme winter? - UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2012

Another film we can already shoot in the afternoon takes place in the "medpunkt" of School No 45 where we hold the workshop. The "medpunkt" is the doctor's room and we simulate a visit to the doctor's by a child suffering from severe cold. While it is a pleasant 25 degrees Celsius outside right not, it will not be long before the temperatures here in East Kazakhstan drop below zero. In winter the temperatures can go down to minus 40 degrees Celsius and spending any time outdoors becomes a serious hazard to your health.

For the evening we are keeping a couple of films that we can only film when it is dark. Symbat (16) from Semipalatinsk is worried about the radiation in her home town. It will be interesting to listen to her stories later today when candle light will set the atmosphere for her OneMinutesJr video.



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