So this is all pretty new for me. Blogging.
/blɔg, blɒg/ [blawg, blog] noun, verb, blogged, blog·ging.
To be perfectly honest, for the majority of this blog you may find that the ‘experiences, observations and opinions’ shared on here will mostly likely be about films we’ve seen, films we haven’t seen, and films we want to see made that probably never ever would be (Saw VIII: I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of He-aaarrrggghhh!). We also strive to mention in detail the progress of the projects we are working on, what stages they are at and what has happened with our work step-by-step. I personally have always been frustrated when researching writers or directors’ biographies; when I’m really interested to find out just how they got to where they are now, every step of the way – but then all you ever read is: “He began by doing re-writes on Friends and Frasier.” with no mention how he/she got to that stage. I’ve always wanted to know what disappointments they went through, how many rejections they had and just how they managed to get their first jobs in order to climb that ladder. Because the first job or the first script, the first avenue into their career is the stepping stone, the proverbial bottom rung of the ladder that we all strive to get to, and if we can know how they did it, then maybe we can get there too. And this blog will hopefully be, if ever Inertia should become successful enough, a guide to how we did it, and hopefully how others can try too.
I’ve spent some time researching a few interesting blogs that feature the same sort of idea that we’re going for here in order to understand exactly what the purpose of the blog is and why anyone out there might be interested in the thought vomit of Inertia, and I came across many but two in particular – Army of Dave and Shooting the Dead have kept me glued for new posts and chuckling along as I read their stories, anecdotes and musings on this world that we alike as filmmakers want to inhabit. It’s insightful to read their experiences, their trials and tribulations and the successes that they encounter as they pursue their own career paths in film, and the great thing about those two blogs in particular is that they keep it real. It’s honest, down-to-earth writing as these guys aren’t high profile, full-time writers and filmmakers blogging about their experience of a barbeque on a yacht with Angelina Jolie in the South of France (though if anyone has done that please send me pictures straight away and tell me what she smells like); no, these guys are juggling all of their work on top of the normal stresses of everyday life – jobs, home, kids. Now don’t get me wrong, this is something that they and anyone else looking to get into this field of work have chosen to do, but it is, in my opinion, worthy recognition. To balance work and home life can be difficult anyway but to have something else so serious to contend with, to have to find the time in the days and in the weeks between work, cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing (and particularly in Army of Dave’s case having three young children to spend quality time with), to get creative and write, to create the work that you truly believe in, the work you need to propel you from juggling many jobs to just doing the one you love the most – that’s a tough ask. But if you’re willing to fight for it, if there’s something you’re willing to sacrifice in its place (I sacrificied exercising; an unfortunate but necessary loss) and if you have the belief that you will be able to pull yourself out of those deep, dark moments when no inspiration and heavy self-doubt plague the depths of your creativity then maybe the rewards will be there to reap.
And this too, is what we hope to achieve. With hard work, dogged determination and plenty of cups of tea we hope to share with anyone out there that is remotely interested our fights, our failures and our achievements. And along the way, indulge you with our ramblings on all things film. So, to leave a relevant and inspiring comment on the pursuit of our dreams:
Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.
Or perhaps something a little more fitting to the theme of this blog:
What is the most resilient parasite? A bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient, highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed, fully understood. That sticks, right in there somewhere.
Dom Cobb, Inception (2010,. wr. Christopher Nolan)