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OneMinutesJr workshop in Belarus - Day 4

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
Three young participants at the Belarus workshop are filming a video about identity.

by Chris Schuepp

MINSK, Belarus - October 14, 2010 - Day 4 of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Belarus and we are a bit behind schedule. Usually we try not to have too many videos left unfilmed on the penultimate day of the workshop, but today we have to do another seven films before lunch. This significantly cuts down on our editing time, but if you don't film, you cannot edit anything either...

There are several children in the workshop whose parents died recently or who have experiences with adoptions and foster parents. As they are still quite young, they get very emotional when they tell their stories and it is a challenge to encourage them to share their ideas and still make sure they do not feel too much psychological pressure. Alena (14) has drawn a picture with a pencil that shows a perfect family. She erases everybody but herself and asks: "Mom, where are you, why did you abandon me?"

© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2010
All videos are filmed, now it is time to edit the materials at the laptops. Trainer Kristina (left) is showing two girls how it works.

Tatyana (15) has come up with several different stories over the last few days, but the central theme is always loneliness. With the time ticking away, we agree with her to film her near a brick wall and tape a voice-over that she wrote where she is explaining her perspective on loneliness. It rains outside and it is just above 0 degrees Celsius, but this time it actually helps and makes the footage look really authentic.

Next in line is Nastya (16), who was another participant with several ideas, but not "the one" that she could focus on. Now she is ready and her film is an homage to a happy and functioning family. The son thinks of the father, the father thinks of the daughter, the daughter thinks of the mother and the mother thinks of the son - a perfect circle.

Once all the videos are filmed, we keep ourselves busy with voice-overs, editing, creating additional sounds, music and so on. A long night is around the corner and tomorrow at 11 AM we are supposed to have all 21 films ready for the final presentation.

Well, here is a sneak preview, the "orange movie"!





Daily Diary from the OneMinutesJr workshop in Belarus


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