I’ve found a gimmick, and I intend to see it through.
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When I started writing for my website, the earliest advice I received recommended that I find a topic no one else was writing about, still being of interest to a broad group, while remaining something I have both interest and expertise in.
Needless to say, this task is close to impossible. If it weren’t, everyone would be a professional writer. But eventually, I found not only inspiration, but an endless supply of material to work with and research. Eventually, I found the ‘countries’ section of IMDb.
Jean Cocteau once said that film will only become an art when it’s materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper. That point has not quite been reached yet, but we still live on a planet where everyone from tech billionaires to Somali peasants has access to audiovisual recording technology, editing software, and distribution channels to uncountable hundreds of millions in nearly every corner of the planet. All this is well close enough to Jean Cocteau’s standard for my lack of patience to clear, and my silly gimmick to prop itself up.
So I’ve decided: I will go through the entire IMDb countries list, starting with the less-common countries section and saving obvious countries like Spain and Japan for a later date, until I’ve seen at least one film, documentary, or series of shorts from every country that has — or ever had — produced a film with an IMDb page. I shall do so starting immediately, hopefully working my way through the list of less common countries by August of next year, and I shall go through the list in reverse-alphabetical order for no reason other than my personal fancy.
It’s the perfect idea for WordPressers like myself. So perfect, an almost identical idea was already accomplished by London authress Ann Morgan in 2012. But I’m nowhere near stupid enough to care against shamelessly ripping off successful ideas as long as they’re worth taking. As Jim Cornette says: when you steal from one person, it’s plagiarism, when you steal from several, it’s research.
Ann Morgan, stealing from you is an honor.
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O.R. Welles is a freelance writer of aspiring notoriety and financial compensation. He’s still stunned that the people of Zimbabwe haven’t yet resorted to eating their cameras to stave off micronutrient deficiency.