During November 2016, 2 Sundays were dedicated to the art of Video Production, with Adom Saboonchian. We learned the basics on the first day – things like types of shots and which ones are best to use during oral interviews. Close-ups and Medium shots were recommended – which otherwise are called ‘American Shots’. The term was coined by French film critics because of its frequent use in westerns: it was the shot where you could keep both the actor’s face and their gun in the frame. We also talked about lighting and sound recording, and did some trial shots. It was interesting to see the volunteers’ reaction when put under a spotlight (literally!) – some would be less comfortable, but some were completely at ease at being the object of filming.


The second day started with more practical work and we had a full mock interview with the project coordinator Tatevik, who told the stories of her 2 great-grandfathers, both of them WW1 soldiers. After completing the practical part, Adom moved on to show us the importance and the basics of editing using a Wondershare Filmora’s free edition.

Now, armed with photo and video production knowledge, we are hoping to implement our skills in interviewing some of the project contributors and preserving their memories.


Coronavirus Notice


Our charity is working hard to respond to the changing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues. We do our best to continue to provide our services for our members and the Armenian community at large and ask for your patience during this challenging time.

Our staff and volunteers are working hard to continue supporting you in the best way that we can, whilst also staying on top of reducing risk of spreading infection and supporting our colleague who may be more at risk.

However, due to the current situation and in the best interest of all of us, we had to make some changes to our normal services. Starting from Monday 16 March 2020, all our services including the face-to-face advice work, the Parents & Toddlers Group, the English classes, Library, the elders lunch club and the youth club are suspended until further notice.

We ask that anyone experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate due to being exposed to someone with coronavirus, does not attend Hayashen until further notice and call NHS 111 for advice.

However, as we wish to support you as best as we can, our advice work continues by telephone, email and online. You may contact us on 020 89924621 or use our website (www.caia.org.uk) to leave an enquiry or email us on info@caia.org.uk

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The main symptoms of Coronavirus are high fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of or changes in your normal sense of smell or taste, but for full details, including Government guidelines and precautions you should take, please search for “Coronavirus” on the following Government and NHS websites.




If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you.

Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors.           20 June 2020