So I think the first thing I ought to explain to everyone is why I am looking at this topic and what I hope to gain from studying it this for a semester. These reasons will underlie the types of information I will focus on during my research and in my blog posts, and it is better that they are clear to me and the reader.
At a practical level, I am investigating career possibilities and determining which industry excites me more. As I approach graduation at the end of this semester, this is just something that I can’t remove from my mind.
However, on a fundamental level, I am trying to answer the question of “What is Producing?” Producing is by its essence just vague enough for there not to be a satisfactory answer to such a direct question. It is like being lost in the wilderness without a compass. The question doesn’t give you anything to latch on to; it has taken a complex experience and boiled it down to a three-word question, but how could you answer it with just as few? You might latch on to an arbitrary direction, the first thought that crosses your mind, but it’s hard to justify that direction meaningfully.
What I hope to do with my specific topic, then, is to find a moving body of water to follow. I can’t know that I’ll end up where I want, but there’s very likely civilization along the way. Moreover, this stream/river will give me a point of reference to understand the forest around me, how the valley was carved, and where life gathers. It’s easier to talk about producing in a specific industry than just producing in general, and specificity will get me farther along. More so, having two things to compare/contrast means that I will have a tangible list of similarities and differences by which to describe the key parts of producing.
Overall, I am trying to answer a very hard question for myself – “what is producing” -, and I’m trying to attack that question by using a different one “what is producing in gaming versus in film” find out. If this other question proves to be helpful or just as difficult awaits to be seen.