June 17, 2015

NEWS / PROJECTS: Camera, action! Promoting expression through film (CAMBODIA)

KAMPOT, Cambodia, 16th June 2015: Someone is balanced atop a pillar, with their video camera poking out between palm branches. Another young person sprawls out on the floor, to get their lens as close as possible to the ground. A group of three deaf students discuss their next shot using Cambodian Sign Language (CSL). The Epic Arts Centre is a hive of creative activity today, as the students learn film making skills for the One Minutes Junior project.

One Minutes Junior is a creative five-day UNICEF workshop, where young people have the opportunity to express themselves by creating their own short film. Every student learns the basics of film making - from storyboarding their initial idea right through to editing the final film.

Today the participants are getting their first opportunity to practice using the video cameras. For many, this is something totally different. Saron, a 21-year-old student on Epic Arts' Inclusive Arts Course says, "This is a totally new experience for me, I've never held a video camera before!" Saron has a visual impairment which means she finds it difficult to focus on things that are not close by. Her team mates support her by adapting their practice to her abilities and by shading her eyes from the bright sunlight while she films. "The group helped me a lot. If I can't see clearly then we zoom in or focus the film on a single point."

Full article: http://unicefcambodia.blogspot.com/2015/06/camera-action-promoting-expression.html

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