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OneMinutesJr workshop - Day 2

UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2011
© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2011
Presenting the storyboard to the trainers and the other participants of the OneMinutesJr workshop.

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 15 March 2011 - On the second day of the OneMinutesJr workshop in Antananarivo the plan is to fine-tune the story ideas and maybe even start filming in the afternoon. The long brainstorming session of the first day is behind us and most of the participating children have their storyboards drawn up and are almost ready to go.

However, a lot of things still need to be organized. Sixteen children in the workshop means that we also have sixteen different scripts that involve many different locations, actors/actresses and accessories. The logistics are done by the international trainers in cooperation with UNICEF Madagascar staff members who know the local environment and already have possible film locations and helpful tricks in mind.

Only a few of the films can be shot at the Centre Culturel Albert Camus (CCAC) where we hold the workshop. The vast majority of the film locations are in the city centre and the suburbs of Antananarivo. This is where the participants are from, where they grew up and where their "Challenges, hopes & dreams" take place day in, day out. The OneMinutesJr concept is based on personal story-telling and so we really encourage the children to make the films as personal as possible.

UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2011
© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2011
Mathias is "Young Einstein" in his own OneMinutesJr video.

In the afternoon, we are ready to start filming. Tendry's dream is to become a rock star. The 17-year-old boy is hardly ever seen without his headphones, humming and singing along to his favorite songs. We are allowed to use the stage and the lighting at the CCAC, but now we have to make sure that the other workshop participants perform like a really wild crowd at a concert. It takes a little while until everybody is "fired up", but in the end we are happy with the footage.

Mathias' film is next: The 18-year-old is into maths and wants to become a professor of mathematics in the future. He takes his inspiration from Albert Einstein and so we set the scene for him to act like a semi-modern Einstein, solving new equations by the light of a candle.

Tomorrow is the big filming day with around ten films to be shot in various locations. We are planning to be out in the streets from 10 AM to 6 PM, so everybody is looking forward to another very interesting day.





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The OneMinutesJr is a UNICEF-supported video initiative that highlights and celebrates the diversity among youth around the world.

Workshop participants produce videos of sixty seconds that are positive and powerful examples of the way visual arts works as a communication tool across cultural, geographic and national borders.

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