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OneMinutesJr workshop - Day 4

UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2011
© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2011
Vahatra (right) is filming a scene for another workshop participant's video. A local trainer watches him in the background.

ANTANANARIVO, 17 March 2011 - Day 4 of the OneMinutesJr workshop in the Malagasy capital starts with more filming around Antananarivo. We have to finish the last batch of films before the editing process can start and the filmed footage is turned into 60-second videos.

While Hajasoa (19) is getting the last shots for his "referee film", another team accompanies Kathya who has identified several locations for her film "Superwoman". The 17-year-old girl wants to show that a woman can do any job in Madagascar just as good as a man can. So we see her actresses drive taxis, work in offices and do the hands-on job in a carshop. In the end, we also see the maker of the film - in her role as a director and camerawoman.

UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2011
© UNICEF / Chris Schuepp / 2011
Stephanie (15) is editing her film together with Nikki, one of the OneMinutesJr facilitators from Amsterdam.

We also still need to film Nadia's film. The 15-year-old girl wants to become a pilot and her idea is to see her sitting in the cockpit of a jumbo jet. However, there are limits to our skills in getting permission to film in sensitive areas and the airport is one these places where it is usually impossible to get access. So we have to improvise and show Nadia making the pilot's announcement with a headset with the sky as the natural backdrop. This comes after we see her driving past the Air Madagascar office in a bus and Nadia making the announcement appears to be a dream. She is then woken up by here schoolmates, but she continues dreaming and wishes them "Bon voyage!"

Back in the workshop room at the Centre Culturel Albert Camus, the footage is transferred from the cameras to the laptops and now the editing can start. The facilitators have the children take turns in spotting the right shots for their films and soon the first rough edits are ready for further voice-overs and subtitling.

The first one finished is Hajasoa and so here is a sneak preview of what a OneMinutesJr video from Madagascar can look like.





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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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