Can you tell us what your workshop is about?
Pilar: It's about making short films and learning how professional camera works.
Valentin: My workshop is about short films. We are allowed to write a script for our own short film and then we're going to film it.
Ana: We’ve made one film. We wrote the script by ourselves, we filmed it and we did everything on our own. So it's really only our own work.


How about other people in your group?
Pilar: I like working with them, because everyone tries hard to be professional. We work together in small international groups and I'm in a very nice one.
Valentin: It's very international. I'm the only German person in my group, so we have to speak English all the time, which is good English practice.
Ana: It's good, because I can listen to opinions of other people at my age who aren’t from my country, but we share the same interests. So it's easy to work with them.


Why did you choose this workshop?
Pilar: Because this was the only workshop that interested me. And I like cameras, taking photos and recording videos, so it was the best option.
Valentin: I didn't choose it, I was just assigned to the group. But I was lucky, I think.
Ana: Because we can show our creativity in every aspect of filming - we make scripts, we act, we do everything from scratch.

 

 It’s the third day of the St. Marienthal seminar. At this point the ice has been broken, participants have been split into workshop groups and the work can start. We’ve chosen to visit the actor’s workshop and see what their first day looks like. We came in the middle of the script reading session. The actors already have their roles assigned and they are going through some of the scenes. After every scene they give each other feedback. We’ve decided to interview some of them.

 Erik:

What is your role in the film?
I'm the German guy, who makes friends with the refugee.

Do you like the script?
Yes, it's good, I guess.

Do you have any experience with acting?
Yes, I've been in the drama club. In Sweden we have art classes, so I attend acting classes there. But that isn’t acting for movies, it’s acting for theatre and it's a big difference.

Nellija:

What is your role in the film?
I'm only an interviewee in a interview.

Do you like the script?
Yes, I think it's very interesting. I like to watch the others trying to play their roles.

Why did you choose this workshop?
Because at my school I do a little bit of acting class too, so I thought this could be a new experience for me.

How do you feel about it so far?
We all are very friendly. Funny stuff happens, because they try the role again and again. I can't wait for the result-what it's going to look like.

Oliver-Leader of actors:

Can you tell us what your workshop is about?
My workshop is about the creative part of the short movie. I'm training the actors and I'm trying to work out the characters of that.

How do you feel about this year group?
There are very interesting people. They try to be honest in the characters. They are able to criticize the others but also open to be criticism and that isn‘t as simple as it sounds. I am enjoying working with them.

What do you consider the most important qualities of an actor?
For acting students it's important to be open-minded and look around for other people, who they meet on the workshop. To be open-minded about their characters. I'm looking for members with a smile.

For the Seminar reporters and the Video clip workshop groups this was a busy week because they were reporting on all of the students’ work that had been done for the presentations, videos, pictures and websites. They had to be everywhere something was happening to catch the best moments on the camera and recorder. So we talked to Míša from the Seminar reporters and Daniel and Cassandra from Video clip groups to get to know about their work in these days, reflections about the seminar and communication with other participants.

 

Míša:

Do you like your workshop? What do you do in it?

I like The Seminar Reporters group, we have a lot of free space to show our ideas and do different things – we can shoot pics, interview people, post on websites and just do whatever we like to do. My job is to post on facebook profile, I have to keep updating every day and inform about past and upcoming events to let people know what is happening. And I also like to take some pictures when I have the camera with myself.

Why did you came to Marienthal?

I’ve been here two years ago, and I very liked it. I was in a short film group with my friend, it was a lot of busier week that year than now because now I don’t have such a pressure on myself, so I don’t have to stress about anything which I like about this years Marienthal. Also I wanted to go back because I love this place and people, the atmosphere is very great, like the last year.

Do you think that this kind of seminar is worth to do again?

Yes of course, but I think it needs more people, the last time I was here, the whole place just seemed more busy and alive, people were everywhere. It’s good we have this kind of project – young people can self-realize in workshops which are lot of fun, and they can make a friends from other countries – yeah I think this is the best part from this project.

Two brothers from Afghanistan agreed to talk to us on Thursday afternoon. Sayed Zabihullah Walizai (aged 20) and his  younger brother Sayed Zainullah Walizai (aged 16) came to Germany from Kabul. They arrived with their family of six one year ago.

- How long are you going to stay?

Hopefully forever if possible.

- What do you do here?

Sayed Zabihullah – I’m a student, first I want to learn the German language to communicate with the Germans and  later I’d like to study Computer Science and become an IT specialist.

Sayed Zainullah – I want to learn  German too, now I mostly do that and later I’ll will decide what  to do in the future. When I have already learnt the language I hope to work in the medical service, maybe I’ll become a doctor. Who knows.

Our parents also study German and when they reach level B1, they we’ll get a work permit. As a literate family, my father is a jet engine engineer with an MA from a Turkish university, my mom is a physiotherapist, they want to work  for Germany. So now they study to find the way to work for the local community, Germany or maybe Europe.

To deliver the main concept of the seminar, participants from the Actor and Short film workshop groups are even busier than the others because they have to represent the idea of the refugee crisis and catch every single moment to make it done. The short film can’t be shot without actors, so both workshop groups are working closely together. We’ve talked to Paula and Martin from the Actors and Petr from Short film group to get to know their duties and skills they have acquired in these days.

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