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: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Mike Carroll 23 September, 2005, 10:46:17 PM
I have a few questions about the Pitchfest; perhaps someone who has participated in one before can answer them?

1. Do we need to put our names down in advance? If so, how and when do we do that? (I can't imagine that it's just some sort of frenzied free-for-all!)

2. How much time do we get?

3. Are they looking for a quick idea or a fully-developed tale with samples of dialogue and everything?

4. If my pitch isn't impressing the panel, can they stop me before I'm finished?

5. Are there any restrictions? I.e., Future Shocks only, no Dredd, etc.

6. Would it help if I brought along some sort of monetary or confectionary bribe?

Cheers,
Mike C
(Who, in a week's time, will be in Oxford! Yay!)
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: johnnystress 23 September, 2005, 10:49:15 PM
I believe it works along the same lines as The Gong Show mike
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Art 23 September, 2005, 10:52:06 PM
The details seem to vary each year, but here goes:

1) Yes. Last year it was Jamie Boardman, in the years before it's been Kev Sutherland. I heard an unconfirmed rumour that pitches might be screened in advance this year, but if that's true they;ve left it a bit late to tell anyone.

2) Again, it varies, but about two minutes. If you cna sum   up your idea in a minute and a half you're on solid ground.

3) Definately a quick idea.

4) No. Though they may wish to... someone "boimbing" on stage with their pitch is not a pretty sight, and those twoi minutes drag on forever...

5) Futureshocks and other short tales have the best chance.

6) Try booze. It won't work, but it'll make the panel more amusing.
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Dudley 23 September, 2005, 10:52:37 PM
1. Do we need to put our names down in advance? If so, how and when do we do that? (I can't imagine that it's just some sort of frenzied free-for-all!)

- Yes, grab Matt Smith at some point over the day and get him to put your name down, or just turn up at the start of the session.

2. How much time do we get?

- 2 minutes apiece last year, 3 minutes the year before.

3. Are they looking for a quick idea or a fully-developed tale with samples of dialogue and everything?

- 2 minutes.  Not much time.  if you cangetthepitchoutwithouttalkinglikethis it's a result.

4. If my pitch isn't impressing the panel, can they stop me before I'm finished?

- Probably, but they've never done it.

5. Are there any restrictions? I.e., Future Shocks only, no Dredd, etc.

- No.  But it should only be Future Shocks, really.

6. Would it help if I brought along some sort of monetary or confectionary bribe?

- Yes.  Confectionary for the audience, money for the judges.
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Max Kon 23 September, 2005, 10:52:44 PM
I think i might do another improv like last year
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Quirkafleeg 23 September, 2005, 10:57:22 PM
>1 Do we need to put our names down in advance?
If so, how and when do we do that?

Yes but you only need to do it minutes before it starts

>2. How much time do we get?

A few minutes? Three is it?

>3. Are they looking for a quick idea or a fully-developed tale with samples of dialogue and
everything?

Enought to get your idea over in the time... a precis of the plot with an outline of the characters. The old advice is imagine telling your mate in the pub about a film you saw last night. And include the ending.

>5. Are there any restrictions? I.e., Future Shocks only, no Dredd, etc.

Future Shocks, Terror Tales, Past Imperfects etc... NO DREDD!

>6. Would it help if I brought along some sort of monetary or confectionary bribe?

Only if you give it to me

>I believe it works along the same lines as The Gong Show mike

Stop spreading baseless rumours!
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Art 23 September, 2005, 11:00:08 PM
ALso, and this is the most important thing, commit it to memory! If you take a notes with you make sure they're for bullet-point reminders, don't write down the whole thing and read from it - nothing looses the audiences interest faster than someone mumbling into a sheet of paper.
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Slippery PD 23 September, 2005, 11:04:20 PM
1. Do we need to put our names down in advance? If so, how and when do we do that? (I can't imagine that it's just some sort of frenzied free-for-all!)
All through the day they ask for names, which are called out at random during pichfest.

2. How much time do we get?
Somewhere between 5 and 10 mins

3. Are they looking for a quick idea or a fully-developed tale with samples of dialogue and everything?
They want a summary of the tale, with examples of dialogue and any punchline, etc, will help.  Also something like descriptions of places and characters will be a bonus and most of all have fun and be confident.


4. If my pitch isn't impressing the panel, can they stop me before I'm finished?
They might, no ones been kicked off as such

5. Are there any restrictions? I.e., Future Shocks only, no Dredd, etc.
they prefer the shorter stuff.  Future shocks, past imperfects, etc.  Ive seen Dredd stuff pitched but theyve not really gotten far

6. Would it help if I brought along some sort of monetary or confectionary bribe?

Yes but only if you buy drinks!! :)


Slips
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Art 23 September, 2005, 11:06:07 PM
Well, a Dredd pitch won last year. But since it wasn;t what they were looking for it didn't get published, which is rather the point of entering pitchfest.
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Slippery PD 23 September, 2005, 11:11:03 PM
yeah forgot about that and the time was so short.

Getting too old

SLips


: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Mike Carroll 23 September, 2005, 11:14:53 PM
Thanks, guys...

I've no problems with speaking in public (I do have a problem with shutting up in public), but if there's no liklihood of a winning Dredd getting published, then I don't think I'll bother... I'll save my absolutely brilliant Dredd idea for a fan-fiction piece, and I can use my non-Dredd ideas elsewhere.

Cheers,
Mike C

: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Art 23 September, 2005, 11:17:54 PM
You sure? If you've got an absolutely cracking Future Shock idea stashed away this is probably the best chance it's got these days. And, despite the trail-by-fire nature of the event it's immense fun, and everyone will buy you drinks afterwards even if you crashed and burned.
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Quirkafleeg 23 September, 2005, 11:27:34 PM
Yeah, don't be a wimp man!







(Although as 'Wierd' Al Ewing always wins it I don't know why anyone else bothers)
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Art 23 September, 2005, 11:38:12 PM
That would a bit weird seeing as he's listed as one of the Guests...
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Quirkafleeg 23 September, 2005, 11:41:21 PM
>That would a bit weird seeing as he's listed as one of the Guests...

Like that will stop him...
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Art 23 September, 2005, 11:45:07 PM
You're right, they'll probably have to put him on the panel again...
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Floyd-the-k 24 September, 2005, 01:16:07 AM
has anyone ever pitched a thinly-disguised version of something that's already been published?
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Quirkafleeg 24 September, 2005, 05:52:41 AM
Well there's always I'm gonna pitch X and see how long it takes someone to notice conversations but they never about to much
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Queen Firey-Bou 26 September, 2005, 03:42:39 AM
lucky lucky lucky i ain't going, cos ive actually got a future shock pitch which rocks, this would in fact ruin the entire event as i'd spend the run up to pitchfest getting in a state/ drunk panicing about wether i could do it, if i did it i'd blush so red the windows would slump, shake so much it would measure richter 9, & mummble & giggle & fient ineffectively for 3 minutes, whereupon i'd have to go shoot myself.  OR i could not do it & spend the entire weekend kicking myself & getting in a state/drunk about being such a cowardly stage-horror person....

unless... i could get into character & wear the firey gear which instantly transforms me into shouty authority woman... if i covered the helmet with tinfoil it would be perfect !....maybe some fake blood, a small doe eyed manekin, some radios, cutting gear, oh and yes i'd need a space ship... then my pitch would Rock !

maybe i'll just draw it up & email it?
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Art 26 September, 2005, 10:04:34 PM
Hmm... from the sound of things Pitchferst is going to be very short.
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Al_Ewing 27 September, 2005, 12:44:47 AM
Everybody should do pitchfest. I'm always a bit shocked that they aren't beating prospective writers off with a stick, screaming "Only ten! The other ninety of you must wait for next year!"

I remember jast year Jamie going round asking likely folk to step in and make up the numbers...
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Max Kon 27 September, 2005, 03:05:02 AM
yeah, i remember what he said to me:

'want to join the pitchfest?'
but i have nothing prepare
'oh go on it'll be fun. No one else knows what they are doing'
oh alright.

and i'm glad i did, great fun
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Art 28 September, 2005, 04:17:05 AM
So far this year Gary said he might do it and... um... ?
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Dudley 28 September, 2005, 04:35:32 AM
Tiplodocus (by remote).
Someone else (who I'm reading for).
Secret entrant I know about.
Me.
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Mike Carroll 28 September, 2005, 04:50:46 AM
Me too... What the hell! I've never been known to turn down a change at possible glory (there IS glory, right?).

Mike C
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Mike Carroll 28 September, 2005, 04:51:52 AM
"change"... Which is of course an alternative spelling of "chance", and not in any way a typo.

Mike C
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Dudley 28 September, 2005, 04:53:21 AM
I thought you meant "charge".
: Re: Dreddcon Pitchfest
: Byron Virgo 28 September, 2005, 04:54:38 AM
Give him a break - he is Irish...