A part of me feels there’s been more than enough commentary on the inaugural FilmWorks event itself so I thought I would focus on the dreaded subject of pitching – the crucial part of the development process and the focus of our first FilmWorks session.
I’m positive there was a collective sigh of relief from all those successful in getting a place on the scheme after the knee-wobbling, head-spinning and somewhat sweaty experience of pitching a week previous. However, it soon dawned on me that the pitch was far from over.
Not only at the FilmWorks event but at the Underwire forum dinner and at numerous events attended at the Encounters Film Festival that very week I was asked that dreaded series of questions: Who are you? What have you DONE? What do you DO? What are you DOING? Subtext: pitch yourself; sell yourself to me; tell me why I should be interested in speaking to you and finding out more about your work. It’s exhausting. However, you have to get it right. You don’t want to bombard people with too much information but at the same time you need to give them ENOUGH to hook them and maintain their interest. After delivering two ‘about me’ introductions on that Wednesday evening I started to question whether I was doing it right. I felt my intros were short, sweet and to the point but sat listening to my peers go into more depth and detail about their work made me feel cheated. Should I have held the spotlight a little longer? Discuss.