I've always found the idea of blogging vaguely self-aggrandizing. Sort of presumptuous, or arrogant, the notion that what I have to say, you know, merits it's own web site. But here I am. I'll explain why in a minute. But the best thing about a blog as far as I'm concerned, is that my friend John Michael's mother thought that it was called a blob. That makes me laugh everytime I think about it.
So the reason that I'm doing this is that I am making a short film, called, oddly enough, "The Burying Beetle." The indie producer/guru Ted Hope suggests on his blog that we independent filmmakers need to start documenting our efforts and strengthening our community so that we may learn from others' experience and they from ours. I'll buy that. I need all the help I can get.
On this blob, therefore, I will attempt to document the process of making this film.
My script is about a boy who's father is terminally ill and who's death is imminent. The boy finds religion and becomes somewhat of a zealot, as a means of coping with and finding solace from the impending loss of his father. Ultimately, he asks his father to get baptized, in the hopes of saving his father's soul and ensuring that he goes to heaven. The only catch is that his father is a hardcore atheist, a scientist, who's religion if he had one, would be empiricism. My story explores the conflict that arises when a man is asked to forfeit what he is for what he loves. I try to explore the age-old battle between science and religion, but I am not under any illusion that I can bring something genuinely new to that conversation. Ultimately, although I am fascinated by the topic, it's just the milieu in which my story unfolds. I see it as more of a love story between father and son.
So that's what I'm doing. The posts that follow will document how I go about it.