Pitch Session

Ever had your Sandcastle crumble halfway through.

linked from Sandcastle Matt on flickr

As per usual, that's how my pitch went...

Not that it went badly. In fact it was really well received. But my ability to think cognitively and remain unflustered were dramatically reduced. It's something that is integral to pitching well; being comfortable with those questions I have probably considered in putting the ideas together for the film but are unable to articulate under pitch conditions. I think what I really need is to attend some sort of public speaking or acting classes.

I have to say I was jealous of the North Americans who, as a natural part of their education system, do so much public speaking. The difference was palpable.

I guess that's it. The next pitch will be better, and the one after better than that, and so forth.

Take: 100

Blogger Shelley Noble mused...

Wild sand structure that!

Rich, I can't imagine you are anything but the witty, charming, likeable bloke I read here. I bet it wasn't as weird as you thought. Plus, If I'm looking for worthy projects to fund, I'm looking way past the slicksters slickness into their hearts for what they want to make. I'm sure the essence of who you are comes through in these pitch sessions, and that's good.

Americans are indeed Slickster mcSlickersons. We can sell ice cubes to Inuit. It's all the crap telly we watch.

I know, do some YouTube stuff. Get camera presenting experience and share what you love most in life.

Tue Mar 10, 10:13:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

I know, it's absolutely brilliant isn't it.

Well Shel, it's not so much who I am that comes out but rather the essence of what I ate for lunch that comes up.

Don't get me wrong; the pitch was received very well, but I do go to pieces a little which is not my normal nature so it heightens the feeling of it and that effects my ability to convey my ideas properly.

Tue Mar 10, 11:43:00 am

Blogger Ces mused...

Holy sand castle!

The second pitch will be better and the next, so on...

The North American eh? Are you sure that was not a used car salesman? Hahah!

Tue Mar 10, 01:18:00 pm

Blogger laughingwolf mused...

acting classes are the cat's meow, fur shur :)

Tue Mar 10, 01:24:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

It's great isn't it!

Exactly! And the more opportunities I take to further myself in that area the better I will be at exploring larger scale films.

If they are, then there must be some excellent ideas for films floating around in the glove boxes of second hand cars in America.

Tue Mar 10, 01:32:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Yeah, there's also a series of speakers meetings called Toastmasters. They'd both help I think.

They are the dogs balls, so to speak.

Tue Mar 10, 01:34:00 pm

Anonymous Anonymous mused...

this is why
i prefer to let
my work do the talking

or perhaps just say it with flowers

paul cézanne was a total social moron but still paul cézanne
you can always hire an american pitchman

good luck with it


Wed Mar 11, 01:08:00 am

Blogger Gnat of Glass mused...

I always find that the more important it is to come off well the more nervous I become. The more I work at my pitch the worse I do. I thrive on winging it.

If you asked anyone I know I do well on the spot, but not when I prepare. I think it is because I can flow better than I can deliver something canned.

I had a big meeting the other day and totally hosed off some people that it was not even about because I tried to script the presentation. Had I just gone in with a basic outline and winged it I would have knocked it out of the park.

Then again I did give presentations to 750 teens every week for 5 years. They love off the cuff and can tell when it is not authentic interest. Maybe that has something to do with it.

Shurg, it gets better every time you force yourself to do it.


Wed Mar 11, 06:10:00 am

Blogger Ruela mused...

Nice place for a film!

Wed Mar 11, 07:00:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

/t. Basically, that's what I should be doing. Although the work is not yet in existence, it is in my head. I should just watch the film there and then let it do the talking for me.

I spent an Afternoon in Naples with Paul Cézanne once. He is a jerk. He painted that we had tea when really it was orange juice and opium.

Wed Mar 11, 09:55:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

"the more important it is to come off well the more nervous I become" Gnat, that is exactly it. Silly isn't it?! But hey, one can't change their physiology just by wishing it. Practice, practice, practice. Damn :)

750 teens every week... you, Sir, are a brave, brave man.

Wed Mar 11, 09:58:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Ruela, so is the space between Jessica Alba's legs.

Wed Mar 11, 10:01:00 am

Blogger Ruela mused...

oh yes ;)

Wed Mar 11, 11:53:00 pm

Blogger Bimbimbie mused...

The slicker the speaker then the less genuine I think they look and sound about whatever it is they are selling. Take the David Attenborough approach Rich ... engage with passion*!*

Fri Mar 13, 08:11:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

It's a innate truth of film making, Ruela. :)

Fri Mar 13, 08:33:00 am

Blogger G3T Films mused...

I try Bimbimbie, I do try. There's a great story about Dave A, where in New Guinea he was approached by over a 100 tribal warriors who had a reputation for cannibalism. He thought he was dead. But instead of trying to run away he strode forward with confidence, stuck out his hand, and in a loud voice said, 'Pleased to meet you!'

I wish I could approach a pitch like that. Instead I approach it like a hyperventilating bunny wabbit. I will get better though.

Fri Mar 13, 08:37:00 am

Blogger Diana Crabtree mused...

I appreciate the last line most of all :)

Fri Mar 13, 01:50:00 pm

Blogger G3T Films mused...

Following your heart and doing what you love doesn't ever translate to 'easy' Diana. What is does do is make one determined to conquer the hard things.

Sat Mar 14, 10:07:00 am

Blogger Gyrobo mused...

From my public speaking class, the one thing you need to know is, don't eat while speaking. Nothing kills your credibility like a shower of crumbs.

Also, try not to fidget and don't keep saying "um," even thought you NEED to.

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