Origins: Journalistic Skepticism

23 07 2010

“The Origins Project” today comes to us from Luke Tatge of “Journalistic Skepticism.” I’m just beginning to discover his site, but on the surface, it appears to be full of Oscar talk – which I absolutely LOVE. I look forward to seeing what he’s going to do in the future, just as I’m sure you are looking forward to his answers.

What movie began your love affair with cinema?

That’s a tough one to pinpoint. I guess one in particular comes to mind. Though I’ve sort of moved on from it since, I seem to recall the first powerful experience I had while watching a movie was a tearful end when seeing Apollo 13 in theaters. I remember thinking, “Why am I crying? I don’t understand.” That’s when I discovered how powerful a medium filmmaking is.

When did you start blogging?

I began blogging August 2009 – though it was several months before anyone noticed.

Why did you start blogging?

Honestly, I began blogging during my summer of unsuccessful job searching as a means of keeping my sanity, utilizing my writing/journalism degree (you don’t use it, you lose it), and reaching out to other lifelong film nuts such as myself.

What has kept you going?

It’s a great outlet for my film-obsessed hobby, and I’ve found quite a few kindred spirits out there. Film bloggers have got to be some of the most loyal colleagues and readers you’re likely to find!

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

Well I should probably acknowledge two of my very first (non-relative) readers – and fellow Actor Factor columnists – Andrew at Encore Entertainment and Jose at Movies Kick Ass for keeping my comment count (and my will to keep blogging) up and running.

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

The best – being able to write about your favorite thing on a daily basis and getting recognition for your time spent by your peers. The worst – I’m forced to do other far less interesting jobs to actually earn money. If only.

Has blogging increased or diminished your passion for movies?

It has to be the former – having undergone so many viewing projects to increase my relevance and credibility within the blogging community has pushed me to see so many incredible films I otherwise might’ve put off seeing indefinitely.

What’s your proudest moment as a blogger?

Probably either my very first comment or perhaps the first time a fledgling blogger asked me for advice. Even though I hardly felt like an expert.

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

I know most people say this, but it really is the greatest tool at your disposal – you have to network. Your key to starting a readership is interacting with other bloggers. I’ve also found a lot of success by using unique graphical and visual content, interactive features such as games and contests, and running columns for readers to keep coming back for.



2 responses

24 07 2010

Well, Luke, I feel indebted to you, since you were one of my first not-sisterly commenters. So, awesome.

And I must ask, who is that lady right next to your title on the banner? I know I know her, but I can’t remember her name.

26 07 2010

Well I’m honored! And pretty psyched. I mean, you’re not likely to find a more unique voice out there than yours Simon!

And the “lady” I assume you’re referring to is either Ingrid Bergman or Marlon Brando. 🙂

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