Friday, August 25, 2006

The Little Mouse

A little mouse crept out from under the dishwasher and headed towards the leftovers that were sitting on my cat’s plate. The cat was taking an afternoon nap in another room.
“AAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!” I screamed. The little mouse froze, glanced at me, made a quick U turn, only to have its back legs wobble and skid on the kitchen tiles, as it hastened its way back underneath the dishwasher. Goodness!!

I was working on my latest sketch film, and was stuffed with pillows for I was busy playing the fat police inspector Lt. Ox Malford.
Could the mouse have been secretly watching me? I wondered.
Oh well back to work!
The house was a mess, for I had moved all the furniture to one side of the room and laid out the garbage bags as part of the set.

Suddenly, the little mouse scurried past me and headed towards the TV cabinet.
“Hello what do you think you’re doing?” I shouted.
This time the mouse wasn’t the least bit scared of me nor did it make an attempt to run faster. Some nerve! I thought.

Bit I didn’t have time for this little mouse. I was huffing and puffing for I had just finished a scene where I had to roll off the table with my legs up in the air.
While I was adjusting the camera, the little mouse crawled out from underneath the cabinet, rested its 2 paws on a wire and sat back comfortably still watching me.

Our eyes met…. The little mouse was very excited. I think it was observing me for a while and found what I was doing to be quite fascinating and thus wanted to sit and watch me like a TV!!
I tried to videotape the mouse but the spotlight being on it, must have made it uncomfortable for it ran back underneath the cabinet.

Unsure of what to do, I ran to call my cat. But my cat didn’t have any intention of arousing from its nap for it probably thought all my screaming was just another regular afternoon where I am busy working on my film.

I then continued filming. I am relieved that the little mouse never got caught. Even know when I remember how our eyes met, my heart melts to think that this mouse found me so entertaining that it abandoned its fear of humans and perched itself to watch me.

That’s the most sincere form of flattery that I have ever gotten and definitely the best compliment a girl like me has gotten….

Here are some video stills of that days shoot.


Blogger Muffy St. Bernard said...

If I had a mouse in my apartment I'd be tempted to make a pet of it, domesticate it. If they're all like your mouse, smart enough to take an interest in cinema, then they'd probably be pretty good friends. But I would worry that the mouse would invite other mice over to make a nest someplace, and next thing you know THEY'D be sleeping in my bed and I'D be foraging under the fridge. Not to mention they eat your cereal and poop in your pots and pans.

12:14 AM  
Anonymous donnie said...

Pretty funny, that your cat just accepts all the madness and havoc you create as 'business as usual'! I'm sure that on ocassion she must ruin a take by casually strolling into the frame... you've been working on this one for a long time Ms. D, I hope it comes out soon.

3:44 PM  

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