Dan over at Nerdi asked us to be a part of his workshop “Interesting” on Monday night in downtown Sydney. The speakers will each get a little bit of time to chat about themselves and then there will be a Q&A. After, the audience will breakout with the speakers and do a bit of a workshop.
I’m gonna talk about taking a film idea and turning it into a practical pitch that can be used to go out and get financing!
Since VisPop is a production company , I’m going to slant it into what we at VisPop want to see to get us excited and then involved in people’s projects. So everything will be slanted from VisPop’s perspective of High Spectacle Low Budget Films.
During the “Interesting” Workshop we’ll make a list of the key questions you need to ask yourself/yourGroup before investing time or resources into pitching a film. VisPop will then setup a website where the group will continue defining a pitch brief for a project the group wants to develop. If the group is interested, VisPop will continue helping the group work on the pitch. If the group is STILL interested and have finished the pitch, VisPop will assess the pitch and see if we want to get involved with the project officially, or possibly we can pass on the pitch to people we know. Then who knows, maybe the film will get made?
There are gonna be some great speakers and the guys at Nerdi are awesome, so we’re really looking forward to the night! Come on along, the info is below.
Film making for independent film makers has always been an art of love. There is such a huge wealth of creative talent out there but sadly so many of their ideas never make it to a screen.
“Interesting” – a film funding and distribution workshop, endeavours to remove the inhibitions that stop these great ideas. We have assembled a group of inspiring and innovative people who will address the process of creating sustainable film making.
It all starts with an idea… Let’s make it possible to make it reality.Adam Chapnick
is a principle at IndieGoGo.com
and the founder of Distribber.com
. Adam is a new-model film distribution specialist known for flipping Hollywood convention on its ear by employing a mix of grassroots, online and digital distribution strategies. He has overseen the theatrical, home video and grassroots distribution of dozens of documentaries since 2002.
Simon Sheikh is national director of the community advocacy group GetUp! GetUp is an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation giving everyday Australians opportunities to get involved and hold politicians accountable on important issues. Simon has used the medium of film to great effect for social change through GetUp!’s campaigns.
Jemima Robinson is the Australian director of the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Jemima has been running the festival for 6 years and has a unique insight into film festivals and the selection criteria. Jemima is passionate about film and adventure and regularly travels to some of the most remote locations to pursue these passions.
Gabrielle Rogers & Georgina Drury are obsessed with film, education and students. They are a Director and Producer team who have created some of the most beautiful Shakespeare interpretations to inspire students into a love affair with Shakespeare and film. They have collaborated with NIDA and the FTO to realise their dream. They have recemntly launched Shakespeare Shorts a series of 3 short films based on his enduring plays A midsummer Nights Dream, Hamlet and Sonnets.
John Dietz is the co-founder of the Fox Studios based production company VisPop. As a visual effects supervisor on films like 28 Weeks Later, Where the Wild Things Are, Terminator: Salvation and most recently The Hunger Games, John is known for leading large teams with passion and commitment, and delivering results that blow audiences away. For the past year he and his colleagues at VisPop have been drawing on this blockbuster experience to develop a slate of high concept, visual effects heavy independent films. John is determined to create original, quality content that will resonate with lovers of high spectacle films around the world.