Alexandro is a 19-year old student from Sweden and the producer of this project. The idea came up when he watched the contest in 2004 and then he started building small stages for his toy figures. One day, he placed a camera in front of them and started playing Junior Eurovision.
Alexandro Kröger Degerfeldt lives in the little village of Säver outside the town of Umeå in the north of Sweden. He is a Media student about to graduate and he is also an intern on SVT where he works as assistant for many different TV productions.
The story of his project begins when he watched the contest for the first time and started building small stages for his toy figures with tape, glue and paper and he spent his free time playing Junior Eurovision with the toys. When he began to get interested in the audiovisual world, he had the idea of placing a camera in front of the toys and record it.
Over the years, he continued with the construction of this small stages and he also was in touch with the real stage designers asking them for plans of the stages. During the summer and the fall of 2010 he managed to get images and plans of the stage and in December he started to construct the miniature stage from the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest using cardboard, tape, plastic, paper and glue.
He wanted to make a real film production after the stage was finished using the sound from the real show but with unique graphics and a unique theme for the film. Once he had planned the exact size of the stage, he also planned how he would solve the issue regarding spotlights and electricity. Then, all the cables were put under the stage area being covered with a big cardboard that later would be covered with blue tape.
By the summer of 2011, after almost a year of production, he spent the summer trying to convince the steering group of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest as well as the EBU to give him all legal rights to be able to publish his project on YouTube when it would be finished and he got it.
Since then he has completed the construction of the stage, filmed the entire film as well as keep active pages on social media like Twitter and Facebook to promote his work and his own blog (in Swedish and English) where he write about his life as a producer.
He says that he wants this film production to be kind of a gift from him to all the fans of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and the thing that has made him happy during his work has been the response from the fans and all the people who writes to him that they love the idea.
Below you can watch the first part of the show where you will be able to see the opening sequence and the performances from Lithuania, Moldova, the Netherlands, Serbia, Ukraine, Sweden and Russia. (Stay tuned for the second part that will be released in a couple of weeks).