LSF have their guide for how to get the most out of the festival, but here are my preparations:
- Business cards. I already had some from the excellent Moo, but I’ve ordered an extra batch, just in case.
- And since branding is an important element, I may change the styling of Endless Realms to match the cards. Some might say this would be akin to procrastination, especially as what I should be working on is…
- Loglines. I think I’ll forever be tweaking those, making sure they’re not taglines, changing a word or re-writing them from scratch. They are tiny capsules of story, burdened with carrying the entire weight of the project. At their best they are like Three Sentence Stories or haiku, each word carefully weighed and chosen, each infinitesimal change bringing a shift of balance to the whole. And after the writing, the memorising. And after the memorising…
- The Pitch documents. A one-pager for each project (I have four), containing logline, synopsis and production specifics. Thankfully I have a pitch template that has served me well so far. A reminder not to hand these out willy-nilly, but only on request.
- The Writer’s CV. I don’t think I can tweak this any more, I don’t have anything to tweak it with. Maybe this time next year I’ll have some more content to add.
- Printouts. Ten one-pagers, ten writer’s CVs, each in individual folders. The four pages of script that will be workshopped during the Actors’ Table Read. The full schedule, annotated with notes and preferences. If I get the Pitch Fest slot I want, I’ll also be bringing notes on all of the producers, execs and agents present during that slot.
- To pack: Notepad, pens in different colours, index cards, phone, external battery charger for phone, laptop, laptop charger, snacks, water bottle.
- Reading the script and watching the movie of The Disappearance of Alice Creed for the Script to Screen session.
I think that’s about it! Have aI left anything out? Is there anything else you’re doing to prepare?