The New Age Stamp Collectors
The New Age Stamp Collectors is a documentary film idea currently in the pre-production stage. The project is about hobbies and pastimes with a modern technological twist and the ways in which people use social media to engage with them. The presenter of the documentary, stand-up comedian Peter Otway, goes to meet people with interesting and unusual hobbies and tries his hand at them himself. A self-confessed procrastination enthusiast, Pete questions why and how these people have the motivation to do things that, to him at least, have no obvious benefit. The idea being that by meeting these different people he can be inspired to press the ‘snooze’ button less and go out and do more. Hopefully.
This story is an investigative comic documentary about stand-up comedian Pete Otway who struggles to get anything done and questions the beneficial and meaningful use of the technology that’s supposed to make his life easier. In his exploration he meets three technological enthusiasts, a geo-cacher, an online blogger and a flashmob organiser, who all utilise the latest technology to engage with their pastimes. Not really sure what some of these activities are? Neither is Pete.
On his journey Pete is challenged to take part in some unusual, sometimes bizarre and often seemingly pointless activities. As he reflects on his experiences Pete may re-evaluate his own life, find the motivation he desperately needs and hopefully be able to answer the all important question: are we children of the technological revolution? or just New Age Stamp Collectors?
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When meeting various contributors for this documentary each of them have had suggestions for other unusual pastimes I might want to look into. Probably one of the strangest (yet weirdly the most appealing to me) was ‘EyeBombing’ which, is simply the practice of sticking googly eyes to objects you believe should have a
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