In September you will be expected to do this for a track of your choosing (this may be in groups rather than individually) with a considerable degree of detail. We'd still like some detail for this practice pitch, but your guiding principle is that you successfully communicate your visual vision!Time now to start in on that pitch!
That means that whatever weird and wonderful picture you've formed in your head could be described to me by anyone priviliged enough to witness your pitch!
You can look at some examples of how students elsewhere (from Latymer) summarised and presented their ideas for a music video at the bottom of this post, and take inspiration from these. I'll run through some of the aspects I'd like you to address, and the format/s for your pitch; a shorter version of this will be issued.
your guiding principle is that you successfully communicate your visual vision!
WHAT TO ADDRESS IN YOUR PITCH [yes indeed, there is a dress + a pitch pictured...]:
- name the act/track, and which student put this forward!
- summarise for us the nature (especially genre) of the band/act: a brief history; what they're best known for
- what do we expect to see in music videos within this genre (ie give us some idea of codes + conventions, citing examples if you can)
- run through some of the ideas you con
sidered and rejected, informing us of what inspired these ideas (lyrics? band? genre? intertextual/postmodern notions? random inspiration?!)
- what is your final idea? Which one or more of Goodwin's 3 types of music video is this?
- are there any existing videos you'd compare your proposed video to?
- who are your target audience? Can you differentiate between a core and secondary (think crossover) audience for your proposed video, and explain how elements of your proposal reflect this?
- give some detail of the media language you would employ (shot types, framing + lighting [cinematography], editing style)
- consider the representations your video might contain, linking back to target audience/s
- is your idea typical of the genre, or perhaps challenging it? The answer may be 'a bit of both' - break down which conventions you're following, which challenging or working outside the typical norms
- what resources would you require in terms of cast, cast skills, locations, props, costumes, make-up, SFX and camera/editing equipment to realize your full creative potential with this proposal?
You can use the Word doc provided later in this post as a checklist and/or to organise your notes
PLEASE ENSURE YOU START BLOGGING NOW ON THE WORK YOU ARE DOING, AND CRUCIALLY, THE LESSONS YOU ARE LEARNING FROM THIS!!! I WILL BE REVIEWING YOUR BLOGS AS WE WORK THROUGH THE VARIOUS EDITING TASKS
HOW DO I PRESENT THE PITCH?You have choices here. Whatever you do must be presented and evidenced on your blog though (and you should consider filming your pitch for uploading to your blog!). The bottom line is the same for any form of presentation: make it informative but interesting.
The format of the presentation should reflect the reality that you are a Media student!!!
PowerPoints are fine, but do not assume you must use this; if you have other visual aids and can communicate your vision without it, don't use it! If you do, ensure your slides are brief summaries of points you are ready to talk through - you should avoid reading text off slides, a very dull form of presentation, with the exception of specific quotations which you may have come across during your research.
Please strive to shoot some sample footage, no matter how rough or hammed up, to help demonstrate your vision (as would often happen in actual pitches seeking to secure funding), making sure this is accessible (ie you have brought mp4 files to me; not iMovie project files but the exported file).
Your pitch should last no longer than the tune itself, which I'd expect to be playing quietly in the background for some of your pitch (you can highlight certain sections; make sure you know exact timings though) - so you should ensure I have the track as an mp3, not as an mp4 or YouTube link!!!
Treat your audience as would-be investors in your creative vision, which means not just record label executives but also band members - expect probing questions from these guys, seeking to ensure that your vision matches up with the band's image and fan expectations and also that the idea is achievable within the ever-tightening budgets available for videos these days!
Whereas a general presentation may be simply outlining information, a pitch is always seeking approval from someone, to convince an audience of the virtues of an idea; to sell an idea...You're not just stating 'this is my idea', you're declaring 'this is my ingenious idea, you'd be crazy not to buy into it!'
FRAMEWORK FOR INITIAL NOTES
You can use this to help organise your thoughts, research + notes - download it if you want to expand the table.
Practice Pitches Rough Guide
The following are a selection of documents used by Latymer students to outline their proposals for music videos; if you use the Links Lists provided on this blog you can click through and see for yourselves how these proposals turned out. 'Fences' Treatment - Selina, Mia, Bhavika and Mary
Initial Voodoo Child Treatment
Voodoo Child Presentation
Now over to you...