Origins: M. Carter at the Movies

2 07 2010

“The Origins Project” continues with M. Carter of “M. Carter at the Movies,” another very early discoverer of this blog. She has consistently been a great commenter and supportive blogger. Recently, she won the Best Blog Award from the Large Association of Movie Blogs’ (LAMB) awards program, the LAMMYs.

Why did you start blogging?

For a few years I worked at a small newspaper in South Carolina, and while there I started writing reviews for the Friday issue of the paper. The reviews proved to be way more popular than I anticipated; because my mugshot ran with each column, I got stopped many times and called “That Movie Girl.” When I took a new job and moved, I couldn’t give up reviewing cold turkey, so my dentist (the South – everyone’s a character) and a friend suggested I start a movie blog.

What has kept you going?

Without the encouragement of fellow bloggers, I’d likely still be blogging just once a week, never watching films outside my comfort genres. They hold me accountable; they push me to watch new things; and they challenge me to explain WHY I love or hate certain films.

Has there been a particular person (or people) that has helped you along the way?

Without the encouragement of fellow bloggers, I’d likely still be blogging just once a week, never watching films outside my comfort genres. They hold me accountable; they push me to watch new things; and they challenge me to explain WHY I love or hate certain films.

What’s the best part of being a blogger? The worst?

Some people watch movies and go on living their lives. Movies ARE my life; I live as much inside that screen as I do in the real world. And the thing I truly love about blogging is it connects me to movie nerds the world over, people who can argue violently about whether Darth Vader is technically a villain or an antihero. The worst thing? It pays peanuts.

Has blogging increased or diminished your passion for movies?

Blogging has added another dimension to my movie love because now, love a movie or hate it, I get to talk about it with people just as nerdy as I am. People in the real world, for example, will give you funny looks if you regularly work “Let’s work up a No. 6 on ’em.”

What’s your proudest moment as a blogger?

Probably I should say “Winning the LAMMY for Best Blog was the highlight of my blogging career.” It certainly was; there’s no mistaking that. But really every time I find someone who loved “Sideways” because of Paul Giamatti’s long look at Virginia Madsen, or can sing “The Ballad of Brave Sir Robin”? That day’s a good day too.

What advice would you give to someone looking to follow their passion? To someone starting a blog of their own?

Dear Future Blogger: Network like a maniac, but don’t burn yourself out – remember that you’re doing this because you love films. If you write from the heart, people will know and respect that.

Also, don’t ever say you don’t like Stephen Spielberg. People in America get killed for that.

Check out “The Origins Project” when the Mad Hatter talks about his motives for being in the blogosphere.



9 responses

2 07 2010

It’s nice to learn a little more about Meredith. She runs one of my favourite blogs, and she’s an excellent film critic. However, is it me, or am I having deja vu a couple of times above?

2 07 2010

ORIGINS: M. CARTER… sounded like a Marvel Movie… HA!
Yeah… little repetition there. Love hearing about M. She is such a great writer. Totally deserved the win!

2 07 2010

You are insanely prolific! Most of the blogs I follow put up posts once a week. Marshall churns two posts per day. It’s a little creepy.

Looking forward to your review of “Inception” and the origins project. This site appears to be enjoying reasonable success.

BTW – check our my blog a week from now. There will be interesting events occurring.

3 07 2010
Movie News Weekly Round-Up: July 03, 2010

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5 07 2010
Housekeeping « M. Carter @ the Movies

[…] Marshall of Marshall and the Movies fame recently sent out a questionnaire to movie bloggers galore to uncover the skinny on why we do all the work we do (answer: it sure ain’t the pay). If you’ve got a hankerin’ to read my pearls of wisdom (ha!), go here. […]

5 07 2010

Ah the peanuts.

Great profile, Marshall.

5 07 2010

Hey, I don’t do anything other than make the questions and publish the answers. Everything that people want to see is done by the other bloggers.

I’ll put up screenshots and make it much more desirable to have an “Origins Project” profile done. Unfortunately, I’m working away from my own laptop again and it makes things a little more difficult.

6 07 2010

I think somehow you copy/pasted my answer for question six into question seven too — don’t mean to be nitpicky, but I think I did type some advice (unless I screwed up).

6 07 2010

Nope, that was me — that’s what I get for trying to do these from an iPhone on a bus ride to the middle of cell service-barren Colorado. I’ll fix it ASAP because you don’t deserve your shining moment in the sun ruined.

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