Pitch Fest


This looks like a job for coffee.

What have I done?

Signed up for the USC Pitch Fest, that’s what.

What was I thinking?

Hell if I know. I saw the email and it seemed like a good idea at the time. It was an evening event as part of the School of Cinematic Arts career week, so I wouldn’t have to take a whole day off just to attend. I have a script completed that I’ve been submitting to screenplay competitions; figuring out how to pitch it seemed like an obvious next step. ‘Pitching’ in this case, meaning trying to sell the story of a script by outlining the story and production elements.

Now that the actual writing is done (well, suspended- the writing is never done.) I’ve been struggling to figure out what my next steps are: is this a script I want to sell? Is this a script I want to develop myself? Is this a film I want to direct? Or is this just meant to be a writing sample so that I have something to hand to agents and managers while seeking representation? In which case, how do I get it into their hands? How do I even get started?

By signing up for Pitch Fest.

Crap. Now I need to develop a pitch. An “elevator” pitch, no less- a strict five minutes of talking without the benefit of visual aids. Which takes a deceptive lot of work. What kind of budget am I aiming for? Where do I hope to market this? What is the audience? Who would be a likely star?

I have a week to figure this all out, write up a pitch, and rehearse it. No pressure.

On the plus side, this gives me the excuse to focus on actual film production for a change: I’ve been so focused on writing lately that I’ve gotten away from the nuts and bolts of actual producing and this gives me a chance to take those skills out of mothballs. It’ll be good for me to dust off my public speaking. It’ll be good for me to reconnect with the USC network. Heck, it’ll be good just to get some reactions from an audience about the story.

It doesn’t have to be easy- it’ll be worth it.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on April 3, 2019.

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