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172/365 – Rip-O-Matic

It floors me that the disconnect between the academic definition and the professional definition of work is so large.  You think I would have learned my lesson after undergrad.  The past 5 weeks have been phenomenal in terms of learning the trade form the point of view of professionals.  To say the least, academia has more stringent guidelines than any professional organization I have encountered thus far.  Simple things like the formatting of a treatment for pitching purposes have been enlightening, to say the least.

It was probably because my professor was this guy . . . No, not Prof. Klump. Eddie Murphy in a fat suit.

The one thing I learned about pitching is that you want to have gimmicks.  Anything to sell the film without trying is absolutely necessary.   When you have a medium like film and tv, the more visual you can make the pitch, the more you can show the buyer what you are trying to get across — the better the chances that they will buy it.

You don’t want to make this a chore by talking incessantly.  Dear God, don’t do that.  “Oh, sir, my film is about blah blah blah when is lunch I want to play video games I’m not listening anymore . . . ”  So, I learned a new term — Rip-O-Matic.  It’s basically taking footage form other films and editing them together to make a trailer for your script.  It gets tone and story across in a way that’s fascinating and interactive.  Not that I can’t sell my ideas with a verbal pitch alone, but why make it difficult on me.  Hopefully a Rip-O-Matic will do most of that work and I can just have fun fielding questions.

Of course, Rip-O-Matic was the name we gave our high school bully.

So, since Saturday, I’ve been working on my Rip-O-Matic.  I felt that it was boring and blah, but tonight, I finished it and I think it’s pretty good.  Let’s hope it works with the producer I’m pitching to tomorrow.  Here, readers, I’ll share it with you.  Enjoy . . . just don’t steal my idea . . . I’ve copyrighted it.  Seriously, I have.

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