Friday, April 27, 2007

Life Skills: Pitching

I'm even more impressioned that an essential skill in life is pitching or selling your ideas to other people clearly and succintly.

The pattern in business is that there is one party who has an idea but doesn't have resources and another party who has resources but no idea.

The person with the idea (business, movie, etc) always pitches to the one having the resources.

Even if your daddy is Bill Gates or Donald Trump, you still have to pitch the idea to them. And even if you are Bill Gates, you still have to pitch your idea to your board or vice-presidents.

Pitching is a skill, an art. It is the ability to create a compelling image in the mind of your audience with your words, your voice and your body language. It is an entertainment experience, it creates positive feelings. It is logical. Its purpose is to create a buy-in.

The buy-in could be for any idea, whether it is to go on a holiday, a business start-up idea, a movie idea, a change in direction, etc.

The audience can be anyone and the presentation tailored accordingly using the appropriate language, vocabulary.

The pitch should be entertaining yet have a basic storyline formular of beginning, middle and end, so that the audience doesn't have hanging questions.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Twist of Fate...

Plane Ticket to Nice

Through a twist of fate... I AM GOING TO THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL!!!!!!!!!

It was unfortunate that one of the winners was disqualified for submitting an entry that had already won a prize in another competition. However, I was chosen being the next best runner up.

OMG, OMG. (cue Hallelujah chrous).

A few steps closer to my destiny...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Cinetopia - The Day After


Originally uploaded by nicodemus_chan.

After two grueling days of practicing pitching a movie idea I came away a different person with an insight into the world of hollywood.

It was exciting on the first day meeting up with everyone who were chosen as finalists. Once the introductions started, there was an electricity in the air with everyone so elated at being chosen as finalists. There were quite a few participants who drove or flew down from Malaysia.

Each one shared their joy at being chosen and being given a shot to go to Cannes.

It was also satisfying for me because I met movie enthusiasts. We could almost be given any movie title and like 80% of us would have known about it, watched it, or know its plot. Something like a Movieholics anonymous.

I also learnt that almost anyone can pitch a movie idea. You could have the bank banging at your door yet still be able to pitch a movie idea. You don't need to have gone to film school or come from a generation of screenwriters. The only thing that matters is the story.

We learnt some interesting facts that at Cannes, there could be opportunists who could have no script at hand and still sell a movie by taking the most recent blockbuster and changing its setting. "Jaws in Space", "Crash in Paris" or whatever you can think of.

Pitching a movie idea is like letting your imagination go wild! It's like when you're a teenager and you would say to your friends, "Wouldn't it be a great movie idea if so-and-so and did-this and that."

Did I win?

Well, I came close. Being a finalist is already a great reward and one more step to getting into USC.

Coming back home, and watching a DVD to relax, and the feelings surreal. When the Dreamworks logo flashed on screen I could feel that hey one day I could have a movie made by them.

And then after working on script pages, I started watching dialogue in Courier font size 12.

You know what I mean?