Okay so, I feel if I'm too self critical with this sort of thing I will never make a post so I will take the approach of plowing ahead, readability be dammed. After all it is Brexit day today so we all need to adopt a new national character of making it up as we go along. (I've had this character all along so maybe I will thrive in post Brexit Britain?)
I have been thinking of starting a blog for a while, but like in many areas of my life, I've never got round to it, well one thing at a time, and today is the time for this thing.
It comes as a coincidence that I have started writing on this new holiday of ours, but maybe it is fitting. One way or another we are entering a new era in the UK, so why shouldn't I also enter a new era of my life.
I am not going to comment specifically on Brexit, I don't know how things are going to pan out, whether this decision will turn out to be a act of national self immolation or the start of a bright new future, maybe both, you cannot have light without heat after all.
However one thing is for sure and that is that the last 3 years have been somewhat of a national case of mental constipation. The dialogue, both in the media and in homes and pubs all across the country has been bunged up by an endless, funless sometimes debate sometimes argument. This issue has sucked the oxygen out of the room and seems to have overridden every other topic of conversation or issue. I have a feeling that this roadblock has seeped out into other areas of peoples lives as well, it certainly has seeped into mine. I must have read bloody miles of newsprint about Brexit over the last 3 years for all the good its done me. I've read about Brexit when i was meant to be working I've read about Brexit from a locked bathroom when I was meant to be interacting with loved ones. I've filled the quiet parts of my days with podcasts of political and social commentary about Brexit. It has rarely been fun and I'm not sure why I was so obsessed. Either way, it seems to be happening now for good or ill so there's no point worrying about it anymore, time to move on and stop wasting my time. I encourage others to do the same.
I suppose this blog thing is part of that, I hope I will make this into a habit and continue writing regularly for several reasons. these are as follows.
1. A log of sorts of my thoughts of sorts. It's good to keep track of what one is thinking about and doing I periodically keep a diary, but the blog format makes it easier to keep track of and organise my writing. Also, I used to obsessively take photos of everything in order to aid my memory later in life, however my camera is broken and Im currently too skint to get it fixed so need to adapt!
2. keep people in the loop, after all we live in an age where people are encouraged and expected to share intimate details of their lives with complete strangers over the internet, to the point where someone who doesn't do this very effectively is seen as somehow deficient or suspicious. I'm not particularly interested in sharing the contents of my dinner plate or photos of a beach I have stood on with the rest of the species but I suppose I should share something, so my half baked ramblings will hopefully do the job. I doubt anyone will read any of this but I suppose its good to have it here as an option.
3. provide a resource for more information about our films. Not sure why anyone would care that much, there is a terrifying amount of very talented people out there doing much better stuff then we ever will, but again, its good to have it here just in case. (bloody hell this is all a bit self deprecating isn't it?)
4. make me think more (maybe this should have been number one?) I spend more time then I would care to admit mindlessly consuming the ramblings of other people, either through youtube, podcasts, articles or books. This of course can be valuable in moderation but over the years has developed into a bit of a problem. I can't seem to get through a day without wasting several precious hours in consume mode. This is something I deeply wish to change, so I hope writing this blog will encourage me to spend more time in reflective and productive state of mind. We will see.
Oh and on the very small chance someone reads this. I suppose starting off with a little introduction to myself might not be a bad thing. My name is Joe O'Connor, I am currently 26 years old and hail from the fair city of Sheffield. Which is a post industrial city in the north of England for those who haven't had the pleasure.
After messing up my A levels through a potent mixture of immaturity, bad decision making (in terms of the subjects I chose) and weed consumption, I had to make some decisions about what to do with the rest of my time here on earth. What seemed at the time like a total disaster actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it triggered a large and terrifying existential crisis a good few years earlier then most of my peers (I am referring to the post uni existential crisis which many of my friends, saddled with debt and feeling short on time are now in the thrall of)
This led me to start a BTEC the following September in Film and TV and suddenly meaning arrived unexpectedly in my life. I have been following the uncertain and treacherous path of becoming a filmmaker ever since.
That was quite a few years ago now, and maybe at some other time I will fill in the gaps, but for now, things stand like this.
I am currently working under the name of puzzleglass with two of my dear friends, Sam and Callum. We have been working together for about 3 years and have made a few films we are proud of an a few we aren't. We've had a few small successes, won a few awards and overall seem to have done okay (if you don't factor in financial gain) We are just about to release one of our favourites, Dave Goes West next Monday. (More on that to come in my next post)
In the coming year, I am going to take a slight step back from the English side of the business, and pursue some leads and complete some projects in Athens (more on that to come)
Anyway that feels like enough for now.