There’s nothing like the taste of success, no matter how small a morsel, to spur you onwards and encourage you not to give up. However, coming in the Top 25 of submissions to the London Film Festival / Script Angel mentoring competition is no small morsel. It’s no win, in fact I didn’t make the top 3, but it’s still a huge acknowledgment and a massive confidence boost. I am massively grateful.
Not only was it a successful outing for my pitch template, but it shows that while the first ten pages of my screenplay will need some polishing, the potential is there.
A huge thank you to those who have lent encouragement, ears and eyes.
After much agonising, I finally decided to attend this year’s London Screenwriter’s Festival in October. This has mostly been facilitated by them offering a very handy monthly installment plan, as £24 per month is a lot more palatable than £240 in one hit.
Considering the investment in money and time that this involves I need to make sure I’m prepared. That means I need to get my portfolio up to scratch in the next ten months. Based on the advice on Bang2Write, what I’ll need is: 10-15 one page pitches; 2 or 3 microshorts (1-3 pages); 1 ten minute short; 1 TV pilot and series bible; 2-4 feature scripts (each with its own 1 page pitch).
I’m unlikely to manage to get the feature scripts in place in time, but the TV pilot, the shorts and the pitches are entirely manageable in the timeframe.