Behind the scenes: It needs to be different

It needs to be different!

See me crouched down under my desk?

This was just one  of my numerous attempts to record my story ‘The Lost Mouse in the Heating’  in a quirky manner.

 My incentive was: ‘It needs to be different!

I didn’t want to have the usual scene of someone sitting at their desk, reading a story to the audience. Boring!

Maybe pretend to be the lost mouse in the heating… Hence the setting underneath my table. So I gave it a shot and very soon gave up on the idea altogether.

Who wants to see someone squatting underneath the table, being in a very bizarre position, while reading a story? No one!

Often there’s a huge discrepancy between an idea in my head and how it pans out in reality! That’s another reason why I love improvisation so much.

I don’t have to deal with any  preconceived concepts, lined up for the ultimate disappointment.  Failed expectations are hard to deal with.

But in this case, I wanted to come up with a video, that was different!

Before pretending to be the mouse in the lost heating, I already tried various other things.

I sat on the cliffs with my Iphone and selfie stick. Ready to smash it within a great scenery.  It went quite well until these young people walked right into my picture, chatting noisily away. Blah, blah, blah … Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle… Of course they were totally oblivious to the fact, that I tried to record something important! What did they care.

I hate inconsiderate people, but that’s another story I guess.

You can imagine my frustration. Apart from the interruption, the breeze was too strong as well. It just didn’t work. So I gave up on the great scenery idea and moved back home and in front of my green screen.

Not wanting to give up, I forced myself to do another shoot the same day.  Of course  the result was unsatisfying to me. This time the trouble  was staying focused throughout the whole story, while reading it.

Damn it, why has this thing become such a hassle!

A friend of mine asked me: ‘But surely you can edit it?’

Yeah, but if I can’t do an 8 minute piece without messing it up, what kind of performer am I? Not a very good one.  Anyway, an edit can look awkward, when you’re just mainly sitting and not changing position so much.

You see, I am battling with my own standards!

So, it was the following day, when I started with the squat under the desk and than gracefully moved back to the green screen… This time with a purple colour matching blouse.

New day, new luck, right? I am about 4 minutes into the story, everything goes well. And then the bloody phone rings! I start again. Four sentences in, the phone rings again. I don’t believe this. It’s freaking me out.

Finally I get through the first page of my story and everything seems fine. But when I change over to the second page, my sunglasses fall down to the ground and I have to laugh.

Keep going Anja, keep going. And that’s what I do and I decide to keep that version. I can’t bear to do another one. Enough is enough. Sometimes you need to work with what you’ve got. Hiccups included.

I have three reasons for choosing the version you get to see in a minute:

  1. I don’t seem to be able to get it right

  2. Perfect doesn’t interest me anyway

  3. It’s definitely different

Wait a minute, I nearly forgot to tell you, why I went to go through the ordeal to record ‘The Lost Mouse in the Heating’ in the first place.

It’s for my new page ‘Feeling whacky’ I am working on at the moment. It’ll be all about my book ‘Inappropriate Colours, 12 story-delights for the whacky mind’

I can’t wait to show it to you! Here’s the recorded story. Enjoy and let me know what you make of the video, that’s so different…










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5 years ago

“Maybe pretend to be the lost mouse in the heating”…Green screen, purple blouse, young inconsiderate blabla chucklers and the bloody phone. I love peeking behind the creative curtain…WackyCool shades with a mind of their own falling to the floor and your beautiful laugh, all these things are equal to and part of now your wonderful story of magical musical mouse to me!