In this documentary we want to show what the influence is of the youth camps on young people with different backgrounds. The young people come from different villages from Cultural Village and have other habits, cultures and languages. What differences exist between the young people en how does this come forward during the youth camps? In each country we will follow a couple of people. They will show us the special places in their village and we will get to know their daily life.
We won’t treat all the villages equal. In one village we will focus on a protagonist with culture as a main theme, while in another village we will focus on language for example. We try to find the most suitable theme for each village. The different subjects will pop up during the interviews, in this way we sketch a personal picture of the young people and their village.
The youth camp in Kirchheim will be a central theme too, besides the portraits of the young people in their own village. We will see what a youth camp is all about en will also follow and interview the young people here. The young people that we follow in the villages will largely be the ones going to the youth camp. During the interviews on the youth camp we will foremost try to know if their expectations come through. In the editing we want to mix the interviews on the youth camp and in their own village. In this way we will have a logical red line in the documentary and we will get a clearer picture of the young people interviewed. It also provides the opportunity to reflect on past conversations and show the development of the young people.
It is good to know that some of the people will be interviewed before the youth camp and some of the people after the youth camp. This is practically the only possibility, but also provides a wider perspective on expectations and outcome both before and after a youth camp.
During the interviews we will use calm movements of the camera. We could use a ’slider’ which will give a filmic look. The locations for the interviews will have in to fit in the image of the village and should be the favorite spot of the young person.
The interviews during the youth camp will be mostly shot from the shoulder to contrast the calm camera movements in the villages.
Both the activities in the villages as on the youth camp will be filmed a bit more loosely, from the shoulder or from the hand.
We will also need images of the surrounding and from the youth camp in general. Those will have a more calm style with the camera on tripod or on the slider.
The interviews will be done in the mother language of the people interviewed, on the youth camp the interviews could also be in English. In the editing we want to cut out the voice of the interviewer and use a voice-over. This will be an indirect interviewer and will be embodiment the ‘common thought’ of the young people. It will ask about the themes and questions that we raised in the Preparation Weekend. The voice-over will guide us during the documentary and during the meetings with the different protagonists. De ‘thought’ will be more than just a voice-over; he/she will take us by the hand and introduce the viewer with Cultural Village and the youth camps. The thought will also ask himself and the viewer questions that get answered by the people interviewed in the documentary. We want to let the thought communicate in English. In this way we want to avoid problems in language with respect to other languages and keep the voice-over neutral. The thought will be the connection between the countries, cultures and people.
During the youth camp the people will communicate in the language they want. During the interviews in the villages we want to let everybody speak their own language. The final film will be subtitled in 11 languages.
We aim to use our own music in the documentary. We are looking for musicians from the villages, both modern and traditional. In this way we won’t have problems with the rights of the music and also have an additional way to show the culture in a village.
Some of the participants have offered to make a stop-motion piece in the documentary. We are currently thinking about how we could use this.
Points to think about
Open questions, no yes/no answers. It is important to be able to use the answer as a story on itself, that the question is in some way contained in the answer. For example: “What do you expect from the youth camp?” “I expect quite a lot from this youth camp etc…” In this way we don’t have to show the question but is the answer enough on itself. This will make it easier for the voice-over not to ask questions, but to tell a story to which the answers of the interviews can be added.
- Write down the questions during the interviews in the villages and the camp to use them during a second interview.
- The focus will be on the stories of the young people which will be connected with the stories during the youth camp.
- The stories from the villages and from the youth camps will be mixed during the editing; the order will depend on the camp and on the interviews.
Example of the composition
This could be a possible composition:
- Images from the villages
- Culture, dancing, young people etc.
- Images of the youth camp
- Graphical texts like: the centre of the world is the place where you live!
Example of an introduction text
“Europe, the continent of the different cultures and habits. A continent that together with each other wants to create an environment where everyone feels at home. But how is Europe doing this, how are we doing this ourselves? In the end Europe is us and we together are Europe. Creating such an environment sounds so easy, but is in fact difficult. In some cases people try to build Europe from bottom-up. Start with the young people from all over Europe. Like the villages of Cultural Village.”
Part 1 youth camp
- Young people working together
- Images of the camp and its surrounding
- Young people dancing and making music
- Images of the protagonists
- introduction and interview with the first protagonist
Part 2 first country
- Subsequently on the introduction on the camp we move to the village where the protagonist is coming from.
- We see the protagonist in the village going to his/her favourite spot or activity.
- De ‘thought’ as a voice-over will explain where we are and who the protagonist is. Subsequently the thought will ask itself some question.
Thought: “Can you imagine, you life on a faraway island, you’re young and you want to study in the mainland. What do you have to give up for that? The freedom you feel in your village? Or do you get freedom when you move away to study? This is Penelope; she has been living on Paxos, a remote island in Greece. She takes us to her favourite place on the island. But for how long will this be her favourite place? If she moves to the mainland, will she also lose her connection with her village?”
Penelope (in Greek): “This is my favourite place on the island. Here can I think about my future, the dreams I have to study on the mainland…etc. When I speak to the young people on the youth camp they tell me that they have similar problems, only for them it is a lot easier to move to another city to study…etc.”
Thought: “What do you expect from the camp? Do you think it will help in your decisions? Or do you expect totally different things?”
Part 3 back on the youth camp
- Penelope talking to other young people
“I also want to study in a city, but I am afraid to miss my friends and family. They don’t move with me to the city. Here on the camp I do see that some have this problem more than others etc….”