Category Archives: Abigail Davies

Notes on Pitching

For this year’s pitch, I need to

  • Pitch myself as a specialist
  • Pitch my proposal for a production idea

I should do this buy using images instead of tonnes of text, and have it ready by THURSDAY 24th.

So what needs to go into my pitch? Well:

  • Title
  • Genre
  • Time
  • Place
  • Protagonists
  • Protagonists goals
  • Antagonists
  • Obstacles/Conflict
  • Resolution (what changes?)
  • Redemption (what is learned?)
  • What goes at the:
    Beginning
    Middle
    End

The key to pitching is to present the project in a compelling manner.

Try to do it in a conversational style.

And use the old triptych of:

  • Tell the audience what you’re going to tell them.
  • Tell them the thing you’re telling them about.
  • Tell them what you just told them.

(for example):

  • I am going to tell you about my blue hat.
  • This is my hat. It is blue.
  • That was my hat. It was blue. Thank you and goodnight.

GRAB their attention! Get off to a snappy start, perhaps with:

  • A question
  • A bold statement
  • A hypothesis

MORE THINGS TO INCLUDE:

  • Tell them about your influences.
  • Give examples of your work.
  • Set the scene, describe some of the conflicts.

This should help you in your pitch.

A Run Down of Today’s Lectures

New forms of readings texts are constantly emerging. Most recently, I read an interesting article titled The Rise of the Fragmented Novel which looks at some of the ways in which literature is evolving and intended to be imbibed in different, unorthodox ways. Over the last century or so, the novel has evolved and adapted, challenging the ways that they are intended to be interpreted and received. With the rise of Multi-Platform, this is becoming increasingly relevant.
Today I learned the term ‘Ergodic Literature’, which was described by Espen Aarseth, and is helpfully echoed by Wikipedia as:

“[In] ergodic literature, nontrivial effort is required to allow the reader to traverse the text. If ergodic literature is to make sense as a concept, there must also be non-ergodic literature, where the effort to traverse the text is trivial, with no extranoematic responsibilities placed on the reader except (for example) eye movement and the periodic or arbitrary turning of pages.”

Thanks, Aarseth. Thaarseth,

This sounds like it might well be helpful when it comes to writing my dissertation.

Mark Z. Danielewski said, of his books:

“My books are not CD-players. They’re instruments. A reader has to be willing to play them.”

By which he implies that there has to be some response, some interaction from the reader in order to imbibe one of his books. Again, with new media and the rise of interactivity in everything (thanks Apple. Thapple.) it stands to reason that there should be some sort of evolution when it comes to literature. That isn’t to say that the book shouldn’t also remain as it is, but what with eReaders getting about now, it seems unlikely that the standard Paper-And-Ink format of books will remain the standard. I don’t think they’re going anywhere, but there has to be room for change. I can imagine purists screaming at their screens as they read this, even as I write it. Ironically, they would be reading it on a screen of some sort, and so their argument is automatically invalidated.

DISSERTATION:

Preparation is key. You have to love the question you’re asking, know where to look for relevant research and know what to follow up and what to discard as you swim through paragraph after paragraph. Research thoroughly, remember to cite your references, and you’ve got a way better chance of getting ahead.

INTERACTIVE ANALYSIS

Story is key, it is important, but it is evolving.

Jorge-Luis Borges was a god among men. (according to my lecturer.)
(To me, Rod Serling also fits this role.)

“90% of everything is crap.”

Sturgeon’s Law – Theodore Sturgeon

Finding your Dissertation Question

What is a dissertation?

I dissertation can be used to:

  • Resolve a problem
  • Explain a phenomenon
  • Uncover a process
  • Demonstrate the truth of a fact
  • Reevaluate other studies
  • Test your own theory

You are going to do a lot of work on this. You have to be INTO your subject.

“… research questions almost invariably involve the relationship between two or more variables, phenomena, concepts, or ideas. The nature of that relationship may vary. However, the authors note that even the presence of two variables is apt to be limiting, and oftentimes it is only when a third “connecting” variable is invoked that an idea becomes researchable.”

– But I’ve never written a dissertation before: A user friendly guide for the preparation of the dissertation proposal and dissertation [available here]

 

To help find your question, take your main theme and combine it with two other things that could relate to it. Make a Venn diagram. This will help you find your question.

A PROPOSAL CAN BE:

  • A proposition for consideration
  • A hypothesis
  • An argument
  • A dialectic

Personal Development

You will need:

  • A CV
  • A positioning statement
  • An online presence (website, twitter, facebook, whatever…)
  • A showreel/portfolio
  • Business cards wouldn’t hurt
  • a BRAND

Business card ideas:

  • Nicely designed
  • Credit card sized?
  • What kind of stock?
  • Font? Colour? Brand?
  • Could they have a second use?
  • Have a QR code which links to my website?

POSITIONING STATEMENT notes:

  • Who are you?
  • What do you?
  • What makes you different or better than other people going for that job?

Ideas:

 

“Writer, storyteller, logophile, rascal.”

“Cowboy  Astronaut  Storyteller”

 

Remember, a CV is an ADAPTABLE TEMPLATE. It should contain:

  • Contact details
  • Personal details
  • Credits
  • Production experience
  • Professional roles (employment)
  • Interests and passions
  • Health and safety, risk assessment training proof
  • Skills and attributes (near the top)

See if you can get a photographer to photograph you working?

Should be less than 2 sides.

Put some images on there maybe? Make it interesting.

Generating ideas

“I have a very simple development credo: what would happen if X did Y?  E.g. What would happen if a man organised a wedding… If you know the answer, that’s not interesting.  If the answer is ‘I don’t know’, that’s the right answer.”

Jon Rowlands

 

“My books tend to be more based on situation rather than story…I want to put a group of characters (perhaps a pair; perhaps even just one) in some kind of predicament and then watch them try to work themselves free.”

Stephen King

 

Stephen King has a tendency to bring together two unrelated ideas and make a story from that. So that’s one way of doing it.

 

CONSIDER:

  • Where do your ideas come from?
  • Why are you attracted to those thoughts?
  • Bring your SCRIPT STORY into the PHYSICAL WORLD.
    A world made of technology, aesthetics, physics and psychology.

PSYCHOPHYSICS

The relationship between the world and the way it is perceived.

INTERPRETATION rather than RECORDING.

LEARN YOUR TOOLS: knowing what you’re doing and working with is paramount.

Some Support

“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.”

Miles Davis

 

 

“Perfectionism is self abuse of the highest order.”

Anne Wilson Schaef

 

“Try not, do, or do not. There is no try.”

Yoda

 

“Do not fear the blank page. It does not represent a lack of ideas or imagination, merely the promise of things to come.”

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