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FIGHTING MEDIOCRITY

So, first post. Let’s make it count, eh?

I hear a lot of hate these days. Natter natter, this fucka did this, or this fucka got this opportunity and I didn’t… blah blah blah.

A lot of people I meet don’t like Philip Bloom. Very few of them have actually met him, but they don’t like him anyway. Or rather they don’t like the fact he’s successful. They think he’s a poor filmmaker. A me-too champion of the mediocre who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, a rancid symptom of the democratisation of video.

Us video pros resent how quickly our skills and protected day rates have been eroded by the emergence of DSLRs putting cheap tools into the hands of the great unwashed. How dare they?

Philip Bloom is the leading hate figure of this movement. We hold him up as a shining example of how the appreciation of the finer elements of craft is being lost as self-satisfied smug little bloggers share everything and in so doing make it okay for everyone else to be gently crap.

It’s amateurs posing as pros.

We pros hate it. We think we’re better.

And here’s the problem. Often we’re really not.

Those who diss Phil Bloom are envious of his success because he got lucky. So what, tons of people get lucky. Does he not deserve it? Sure he does. I don’t know anyone who works as hard as he does at preserving his reputation and his position.

It’s not a position I want and I don’t envy him in the slightest.

If you are one of these bitter pros then there’s a simple fucking solution.

Just be fucking better. Get off your fat arse, stop assuming because you pay the bills by waving a cheap camera around that you’re in anyway a good filmmaker because you’re probably not.

Filmmaking is fucking hard, to be good at it is really fucking hard. Drama especially. There’s so much more to it than S35mm chips and stills lenses. You actually have to have talent and precious few have any.

In a world of Instagram and Magic Bullet Looks the worst thing you can do is moan about how mediocre and shit everything has become. You have to rise above. You have to be the best mutha in the pit. If you can’t do that then you clearly are nowhere near as good as you think you are because, honestly, the level is so fucking low right now any fucking shred of originality is immediately pounced on and heralded as the greatest.

Just fucking shut up.

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