Saturday, 18 October 2014

Too Big To Fail

Today I awoke from my night shift slumber ("day" jobs continue to suck) to discover it was the London Screenwriters' Festival Pitch Fest booking sessions and, as an attendee, I should have been notified, but I wasn't. Not sure why, maybe it was a spam filter issue? Or perhaps the MovieGod is just telling me my pitch sucked harder than an asthmatic Dyson and it was best I didn't subject those poor Producers/Agents to my pathetic attempts to blurt my Horror script 'He's Still Out There...' at them? Hey, I could have pitched my crime drama instead (transparently desperate blog pitch)?

Nevertheless, I find myself out of the Rugby scrum which is the pitching sessions. So, I'm going to have to get to some of these folk another way. I'm going to have to [gulp] NETWORK. I'm going to have to get in peoples' faces (in a non-aggressive, polite way) and get them interested in me and looking at my script.

I'd like to say I have a strategy to do this, but I honestly cannot bullshit that effectively, so I'm going to have to formulate a plan to seek out and talk to some of the folk I'd hoped to meet across the Deadly Table of Pitch. This prospect terrifies me more than the Pitch Fest (at least I've done that before), but I'm still going to find a pair and get out there (Oooh, I shall use that phrase in my screenwriting book one day).

In the meantime I look forward to LSF and the collegiate atmosphere it generates. I shall enjoy listening to some very cool people (Pro or Will Be-Pro) and catching up with friends, old and new.

I wish all those participating the Pitch Fest the very best of luck, I REALLY wish I was there with you, but as I learned when I last attended the LSF: pitching is not the be-all and end-all -- don't put too much stock into it. Go, find your feet, and have a bloody good time.

Heh-heh. I'm just laughing at me using "formulate a plan." As if...

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