Here you’ll find tips and information on adaptation, ambition and practical production.
Below you’ll find more about Adaptation, plus information on the Opportunities and Challenges of making your film.
We’d also love to hear from you if you have any questions or tips of your own, in which case please email us at [email protected]
The Pitch is an adaptation challenge and you have plenty of material to choose from in the Bible.
Adaptation can be of a character, verse, events or a story. Jesus often told stories about a teaching he wanted to illustrate. What teaching would you want to turn into a parable or a story?
Below Luke Walton and Pete Sinclair, of The Pitch, talk through the Dos and Donts of adaptation, as well as preparing and pitching.
The Pitch Film Fund has £60,000 to spend making two films – most likely at £30,000 each (though we retain the right to use our discretion if there’s an amazing idea that can be made for £100).
This may seem like a lot of money. And, OK, it is. It’s rare for short films to be funded in this way. But we also insist on crew and cast being paid – which can also be rare.
We don’t want there to be any barrier to entering The Pitch – you don’t have to have made a film before, or understand film production in detail. We do want to give you a rough idea of what the money can cover, though, so that you can try to tailor your story appropriately.
So, here is what the production funding is there to do:
£30K won’t do everything. If you require one expensive element then you need to consider what you can sacrifice (without it being the wellbeing of cast or crew!). The challenge is to make your adaptation ambitious but achievable.
Here are some pointers for you as you consider creativity and cost in tandem:
So, it adds up. But you don’t have to do all the maths yourself! We are here to help with that. It’s just that considering this stuff a bit up front will help you a lot later.
But this section is called ‘opportunities and challenges’ (not just challenges!), so be assured this overview is about informing rather than limiting, and encouraging creativity and originality not stifling them.
Often the most surprising and fresh films come out of deciding what your limits are. Simplicity and clarity are key – and knowing you can’t throw money at a story can really help you achieve them. You need to drill down to the essential elements of your story – finding the pearl in the oyster.
Now you may be thinking of how to pull off a heist and get extra funds for your film. But finding extra cash, even legally, is not something we are encouraging. It would create an uneven playing field, as some people can access cash – due to background or status – where others cannot. If you know of a backer who may want to help fund The Pitch overall, then please do get in touch! But it can’t be simply for one production.
Please remember, as you read all of this, that you are not alone. The producers at Reel Issues Films – and the organisers of The Pitch – are here to work alongside you. We have a great deal of experience in making short films and will help you every step of the way.