Today was pitch day! What do we learn as professionals who’ve pitched ourselves for 20 years already in the industry. Not sure how we could have survived in an industry, if we didn’t know how to pitch. In a world where your next job means what the decision-maker thinks of you, we are constantly on! But sometimes it’s just validation that we need. Yes, what we do has a name… what we do is well received… what we do is great… what we do is a shared experience! And as I mentioned in day 3, it’s just that we should follow our gut. And from this experience, we gleaned as much as we could. Thanks WIFT for offering this program. Thanks NBC Universal and Telefilm for sponsoring this event. We’ll see you in the movies!
On Day 3 we had 2 speakers – casting with Marissa Richmond and Distribution with Caroline Habib. We were asked to submit character descriptions. Kept vague on purpose, and if I had kept to my instinct, we might have had a bigger roster to glean from, but we were given some suggestions in casting. But as with all the sessions before, I realized that my gut instinct meant a lot more than just what each presenter brought to the table. And what I’m realizing is that a producer’s gut feeling means so much and each guest only feeds to that gut so that we-as producers-keep going to the finish line. The film is the thing and producers must keep driving that process and steering that ship to stay on course.
Today was Day 2 for Emily and I in the development incubator. I got to ask some challenging questions in regards to financing and budgeting which is my area of expertise. But still learned something new from John Griffith, as I try to do always in any situation. Heard about the case study that was Book of Negroes from Damon D’Oliveira – what a dynamic speaker he is! And then had my mind blown in the afternoon with the big black hole that is packaging with Isabel Gomez-Moriana. What it means to find a packaging agent and take your film to the next level. And most importantly, got confirmation from other participants that our film is hilarious. Whew! Always a good validation that others find you funny. A great day indeed!
Today, Emily Weedon and I started the WIFT-T Development Incubator sponsored by NBC Universal and Telefilm Canada. What a terrific opening day it was to work with Jamie Goetz who read and gave us notes on our script with lots to think about in turning a good script into a great script! So many things to consider and so many suggestions to wade through. It’s wonderful to have a seasoned story editor to give us feedback on our project as we move this project into full course press!
2016 Development Incubator