The Pitch 2014
Upcoming Film lecture on 31 March.
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The Pitch Residential
Inspired by the beauty of The Lake District ‘The Pitch’ film competition finalists have just returned from an intensive masterclass with international film guru Laurie Hutzler, held at Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel in Windermere.
The filmmakers, who travelled from around the UK to attend, will now further develop their story ideas in preparation for the Pinewood Studios boardroom pitch in January. All have benefited from Laurie’s expertise and have appreciated the opportunity to take some time away to really focus on the characters in their pitch.
‘The Emotional Toolbox’ course guided the filmmakers through story and character development teaching them to explore characters in their own projects by character mapping and exploring character types.
Giving her thoughts on the competition and the finalists Laurie says, ‘It is the only competition that I’m aware of that offers the whole packaging – the budget, the coaching, location searching and the full package of support. The standard of entry this year is fantastic! They’ve taken very familiar stories, in some cases cliché nursery stories, which resonate powerfully today making them fresh and modern.’
The Pitch Director Luke Walton comments, ‘Laurie is a world class expert and she’s had a profound impact on our finalists. They are all looking at the story they are telling and particularly the characters they are portraying in a fresh and dynamic way.
‘It is hard to express how valuable this experience has been for everyone. I am very excited to see what the journey will be for each of these filmmakers! We are, of course, grateful to the English Lakes for their generosity in supporting us too.’
The pitches range in genre from a psychological thriller to a children’s adventure film including various forms of comedy and crime drama whilst adhering to their source text of The Bible. There are some familiar stories such as Jonah and the Whale, The resurrection of Lazarus to lesser known characters such as Hosea and Salome.