Re: Entry Fee Rereredux

From: Marilyn Brakhage (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Mar 11 2006 - 09:45:47 PST

On Saturday, March 11, 2006, at 06:41 AM, Jason Halprin wrote:

> Every hobby (as well as every vocation) is unique.

Seems that "vocation" might in fact be a better word than "hobby" to
describe the filmmaking that many are doing here. . . . Vocation: "A
strong inclination to do a particular type of work; a calling." This
could be paid or unpaid, but is different than a 'hobby,' which I think
is usually thought of as a pleasant diversion from one's work and/or
'calling'. . . . The artists I have known have not/do not make films
"because they enjoy it." They make them because they "have" to, feel
driven to do so. On the other hand, there are, no doubt, also people
who dabble in filmmaking as a "hobby." But I think that really is a
different sort of pursuit.

Also, Jarrod: I've lost track of who's arguing what here, or why,
exactly. But according to my dictionary, the word "amateur" (which I
think Jason referred to) does have its roots in the Latin word amator,
one who loves. . . . Brakhage elaborated on this word and concept in
his piece "In Defense of Amateur" (in Brakhage Scrapbook, or Essential


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