Sunday, November 19, 2006

So much for my pitch....

Well, that wraps it up for the final day of the 'I Can Pitch' event. I have to say it was a great experience, seeing that I've never been at such an event before. I met some great people and I hope to keep in contact with them which serves the purpose of such an event. Networking can be tough sometimes, as you meet people and get really energized about it, but then you get caught up with your life again and you don't build on those new friendships. It's unfortunate, but it happens to the best of us. Especially me.

But I've been turning the leaf over lately with that sort of thing and I vow to continue it with the contacts I've made this weekend. I wish these type of events were on more often, but it's a bit naive of me to think that they don't because there are so many industry related organizations out there (writer's groups, WGA, film clubs and so forth) that have networking oportunities. So you have to get out there and find them.

As for my pitch? Well, it sort of didn't really happen. Here's why. They lined us up to be rolled in to this room filled with all the produces and agents. I go in there and I had trouble finding the person I was pitching to, Tom McGillis of Fresh Animation. When we finally sit down and introduce ourselves I went into this long-winded intro about the escence of my idea, and then I heard a buzzer. Time was up. There was my pitch. Luckily I had a couple leave-behinds, but I definitely dropped the ball on this one; but hey, it's a learning experience. Tom seemed like a nice guy.

On to the next pitch.... whenever that may be.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Back in Action

Yes, I dropped the ball. Over a month ago I started this blog and I was super gung ho to start spreading my 'infinite wisdom' around the world for ANYONE who would give a damn. And then... I dropped off the face of the earth. Why? Anxiety, depression, that god-for-saken voice that usually sneak-attacks when I'm writing a script - or what ever else you want to call it - started to take over. The result... nothing much to say lately, and mostly due to my preparing for this 'www.icanpitch.ca' event that was held last night at the Pantages Hotel in Toronto on Friday.

The problem was that my strategy was all wrong. I focused so much on writing a couple complete scripts (in hopes of meeting an agent etc.) that I lost sight of the fact I should be armed with as many pitch sheets as I could with show ideas I felt comfortable with presenting. So guess what I sat up all night working on the night before the event?

The first night of the event went well. I thought I was going to be standing in the corner all night before my first seminar, but I did get to talk to some like-minded folks for a while. There were a couple people talking their heads off about what they wanted to do (something I hate to do myself, as I'd just rather do it), but in my advancing age I understand that people just get really excited about the possibility of doing something they really want to do as a career.

Up late once again trying to finish some stuff for the event. I was hoping to pitch to two animation companies, but Breakthrough Films and Television dropped out unexpectedly. Just the one shot, but there is always another day ahead. Unless your a dead guy... of course.

Signing off...