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Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'

As Frankie Laine sat, putting pen to paper, telling the tale of what it was like to herd cattle across the open plains, I doubt that he had the art of filmmaking in mind. However, that doesn't mean there isn't something to be learned from his old west ballad /theme song. To use another old west phrase, "There's gold in them there..... song".

As I continue on my journey to become an honest to goodness, real live filmmaker, I have noticed that I often fall victim to the laws of physics. To make matters worse, you and I both know, gentle reader, you cannot change the laws of physics. Scottie said it all the time to Captain Kirk on Star Trek, so you know it has to be true. "What laws of physics?", you might ask. "And what does that have to do with driving cattle"? Good questions all, gentle reader. Let me explain. To date, the largest obstacle that I have had to overcome in my journey to become a honest to goodness, real live filmmaker is my own inertia. Webster's Dictionary defines inertia thusly, "a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force." In other words, an aspiring filmmaker at rest, will tend to stay at rest until he is prodded off his backside into action by some outside force. This can be a serious problem. The reason being, at this level of filmmaking (i.e. a guy with a camcorder, computer, and delusions of grandeur) there is very little in the way of any kind of outside force to get one moving. No production meeting to prepare for, no movie stars to get scripts to, no deadline for any drafts, and no foreseeable paycheck anywhere near anything that could even be described as a horizon. No outside force is coming to push the dream forward, it is entirely up to the aspiring filmmaker to keep moving. Unfortunately, just as there are few outside forces to get a stalled filmmaker moving, there seem to be an infinite supply of forces to slow a moving filmmaker down. Silly things, like rent, the need to eat, and the annoyance of trying to keep warm in the winter. So how does one ever become an honest to goodness real live filmmaker when faced with the Mr. Scott proclaimed unchangeable laws of physics? Simple, just keep rollin', rollin', rollin'.


  1. You can't mix matter and antimatter cold; or can you?

    1. I don't think I can, but maybe someone smarter than me.


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