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Mike Carroll:
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!)

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

Art:
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.

Dudley:
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.

Max Kon:
I think i might do another improv like last year

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