OneMinutesJr workshop in Kotor - Day 1
Dobrota, MONTENEGRO, 23 September 2013 - Twenty children from the Boka Kotorska region are participation in this week's OneMinutesJr video workshop in Dobrota. The training takes place in the OS "Narodni heroj Savo Ilic" and will focus on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
The participants are aged between 11-15 and only few of them have filming or editing experience. Nevertheless, the bring everything with them that is needed for a successful video workshop: motivation and good ideas. From the very beginning the children develop an interest for the topic and the art of filmmaking and listen closely to what the trainers from Estonia and Germany as well as the organizers from Forum MNE tell them.
To set the stage for the next five days, a powerpoint presentation from Forum MNE re-captures the main issues here in Montenegro when it comes to natural disasters and Disaster Risk Reduction.
After this thematic intro, the trainers and participants start with mutual personal introductions and get to know each other better. Hobbies of the participants are always good to know for the trainers so during the brainstorming sessions later their special interests and talents can be taken into account. It would be a pity to have a talented violin player in the group and not have at least one violin track under a OneMinutesJr video at the end...
We start the afternoon session with a screening of OneMinutesJr video produced in other workshops and then continue with explanations about story development and story-boarding. Most of the children already have their own ideas so we can focus on them in more detail during individual brainstorming sessions with them.
The Montenegrin coast was hit by a big earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale back in April 1979. The "Montenegro earthquake" killed 101 people in Montenegro and 31 in neighboring Albania and left 100,000 people homeless. Although Kotor was quite far from the epicenter of the earthquake, many of the older people here still remember the impact of the natural disaster that also destroyed many houses here in the Bay of Kotor.
Floodings, landslides and (wild)fires are among the other issues the children bring up during the brainstrorming and the individual session and the task for Day II will be to get everybody up to speed with the story-boards tonight and tomorrow morning so we can start filming the first shots as soon as possible.