The Disco Bug

Yesterday I collaborated on a story with a seven year old.

Context – Crusoe’s on Tynemouth Longsands, having just consumed a cheese scone and a delicious flat white. The scone was also very good, apologies for the initial lack of adjective.

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Yesterday I collaborated on a story with a seven year old. There’s no better feeling than a laugh earned by entertaining that most critical of audiences, a young person. There’s no polite laughter there. A terrible suggestion is met by a blank face and then we move on.

But isn’t that better? Being polite just leads to stalemate and unnecessary compromise. Honesty above all. I love it.

It also helps not to be restricted by established paths in the neural network. I think it takes work to free up the imagination, break out of the usual routes and find links and leaps that will speak to people. Variety in your entertainment is good too. Don’t just watch what you’re comfortable with. Or play, or read. Or do. I’m not very good at that, but I’m trying to be better.

Here’s where we got to with our story. There is more developed through round-garden discussion (it was at a birthday barbecue), but this is as far as we have visual evidence for.

The Disco Bug (1st draft)
The Disco Bug, the early work

By filmboyslim

Almost certainly a man who attempts to be funny and/or creative for a living. Actor, filmmaker, writer & optimist.

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