Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentApply by Nov. 5, 2018Ohio Farm Bureau would like to select 10 Young Agricultural Professionals members to attend the American Farm Bureau’s Fusion Conference to enhance their knowledge of and experience with Farm Bureau.The conference brings together more than 1,200 Farm Bureau volunteer leaders from across the country from Promotions & Education, Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers & Ranchers programs. These members represent the next generation of Farm Bureau leaders. Members will come to Milwaukee to hear from motivational speakers, network with members and industry leaders, gain new information and skills through breakout sessions, and tour local ag and tourism locations.Farm Bureau members interested in one of the 10 spots should apply by Nov. 5, 2018. Couples and individuals are welcome to apply (couples should complete separate applications.) Ohio Farm Bureau staff will review applications and select the 10 participants. However, even if you are not selected, any OFBF YAP member is welcome to attend the AFBF YF&R Conference at his or her own expense.Conference details:Date: March 15-18, 2019Location: Milwaukee, Wisc.Application deadline to Ohio Farm Bureau: Nov 5. All applicants will be notified if they were selected by Dec 7. Selected applicants must confirm by Dec. 14 if they are attending the YF&R Conference. Note: YAP members selected to attend previous years YF&R Conferences are not eligible to apply this year.Selected YAP attendees receive:Registration Fee – $250Flight expenseOvernight accommodations for up to four nights (Arriving on Friday, March 15 and departing Tuesday, March 19)One group meal outside of conference mealsAttendee would cover:Meals not covered at the conferenceBaggage feesCab faresContact Melinda Witten, Director of Young Ag Professionals at 614-519-8761 for more information.Online extraRead about Clint Lease’s experience at the 2018 conference. Photo caption: Ohio’s Young Ag Professionals who attended the 2018 conference in Reno. Leave a Comment
Why Create a Pitch Deck?In my last two tutorials, I focused on how to format and break down a screenplay. Now that I have my idea down on paper and ready for action, I want to get the ball rolling toward production. I could just start sending the script out, but the chances of getting any traction or attention with this method are slim. A much better approach is to prepare further pitch materials.The pitch deck is essentially a sales presentation for my film, helping clients to visualize the project. I’m not only trying to sell the idea of my film, but I’m selling myself as a filmmaker, as well. Preparing my pitch will help me flesh out all of my ideas, getting everything together in one place. Once completed, I should be able to talk about my idea at length, whether the discussion leads to characters, themes, locations, or any other aspect of the project. I’ll also be able to come up with a tight elevator pitch, which is another important part of the pitch process.Whom Am I Pitching?Know the target of your pitch.Depending on the project, there can be a wide variety of people to whom you will pitch. For this particular project, I’ll be using the pitch deck in three different situations — to pitch to production companies, to apply for grants, and to hire cast and crew members.First, there are a ton of production companies here in Paris, and many of them are open to receiving pitches. If they like my pitch, I could receive help in all aspects of production, including development, shooting, editing, and submitting to film festivals.In addition to production companies, there are a plethora of grant opportunities here. This includes money from the city, the various regions of France, as well as a handful of other associations and organizations. Grants are available for all stages of production, and all genres of films.If I can’t land any grant money and/or convince any production companies to work with me, I can still use the pitch deck as a tool to get cast and crew members to join my team. These assets are especially helpful if I don’t have previous work to showcase or money to entice people.What Goes in a Pitch Deck?Different pitch decks need to include different things. Use this list as a reference.Depending on where I’m sending the pitch deck, I’ll need to make some changes each time in order to fit the needs of the recipient. The best option is to create a master document that includes all of the pitch elements, then remove and customize everything as needed.To get organized, I’ll first write out all of the production companies, grants, and prospective crew members I want to approach. With a directory like this in place, it’s quite easy to find out what I need to include in each pitch.Here’s an example of what one production company wants to see when they receive pitches:SynopsisNote of IntentionScriptWriter/Director RésuméDemo ReelHere’s a list of deliverables from a grant application:SynopsisNote of IntentionScriptWriter’s RésuméDirector’s RésuméProducer’s RésuméTechnical SheetProvisional BudgetFinance PlanLet’s say that I’m trying to convince a talented DP to join my crew. Here’s a few extra things I might want to send their way:LookbookLocationsComparable FilmsDatasheetOnce again, I’ll need to make adjustments based on who I’m pitching. After looking over all of the possible deliverables above for my particular project, here’s the master list I came up with. Yours might look different, depending on the size and scope of your project:TitleLoglineOne-SheetSynopsisNote of IntentionScriptCharacter DescriptionsFilmmaker/Team BiosTechnical SheetLookbook/Mood BoardLocationsComparable FilmsBudgetFinance PlanDistribution GoalsSizzle Reel A good pitch deck is essential for micro-budget filmmakers. Let’s take a closer look at how to put one of these together.Filmmaking is difficult. It’s expensive, the market is saturated, and even if you do manage to make a film and land a distribution deal, you still have the added struggle of making your money back. The pitch deck can help to guide you through this difficult and competitive process.In this example, I’ll be putting together a pitch for a short film I want to shoot in Paris. How to Create OneIf you’re a minimalist, you can use a simple word processor to put your pitch deck together. However, since this is a visual medium, I suggest making something a little more appealing to the eye. If you have a little money to throw into your pitch, you can always bring in a graphic designer, put together a website, or purchase images from Shutterstock. Envato has a number of templates specifically designed for creating a pitch deck.If you’re on a tight budget, there are plenty of free options, including PowerPoint and Keynote. I’m creating my pitch deck in Canva, a great web-based graphic design tool that can help put together a beautiful pitch deck.Whichever route I take, I want to create several different versions. This is a good idea since I’m not always going to want to send everything, especially if I’m sending unsolicited pitches. In these situations, it’s best to send a one-sheet, and see if you can catch someone’s attention. Once you have a person on the hook, you have all of these materials to follow up with.What’re you waiting for? It’s time to get your next project going.Cover image by ImageBySutipond.Want more insight on pitching and pre-production? Check these out.Pre-Production Tips: How and Why to Break Down a ScriptAustin Film Festival Interview: Insights for Turning Your Script into a 90-Second PitchLearn How to Speak Filmmaking: Formatting the ScreenplayHow a Pre-Production Checklist Can Help Your ProductionThe 5 Best Places to Pitch Your Documentary Film Projects
Hong Kong: Hundreds of Hong Kongers, including flight attendants, held a rally in the airport’s arrival hall on Friday to “educate” visitors about the demonstrations currently gripping the international finance hub as it braces for another weekend of protests. The cavernous hall is usually filled with excited friends and relatives waiting to greet loved ones as they make their way out of one of the world’s busiest airports. But on Friday visitors were greeted by a sea of black-clad protesters chanting anti-government slogans, holding banners and handing out flyers. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe rally is the latest bid to keep pressure on Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leaders after seven weeks of largely peaceful mass demonstrations followed by violent clashes, an unprecedented challenge to Beijing’s authority since the city’s 1997 handover. The protests were triggered by a controversial bill which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, but they have evolved into a call for wider democratic reforms and a halt to sliding freedoms. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOrganisers billed the airport rally as an opportunity to brief arrivals on the political unrest, particularly visitors from mainland China where the state-controlled news has portrayed the protests as a violent, foreign-funded plot to destabilise the motherland. The demonstration was peaceful and good-humoured, and there were no reports of any disruption to flights. One particularly creative group were using a television to display a satirical version of an airline safety announcement video that details the movement’s demands and warns of protests in the city. “Kindly put on your masks and black t-shirts… when attending the assemblies,” the video said, in reference to the colour widely adopted by anti-government protesters. Others held “Tourist Warning” signs detailing how police have fired tear gas at protesters and how pro-government thugs attacked demonstrators last Sunday, putting 45 in hospital. Meryl Yeung, a 29-year-old flight attendant, had just got off a plane and joined the protest. “It’s important to come to the airport and tell foreigners what’s happening in Hong Kong,” she told AFP, saying it was especially vital to make sure people in China are made aware of the protests. “They have no idea at all, they only get information from one side, they think everyone… coming to a protest, to a rally, are all rioters, or promoting Hong Kong independence,” she said. Yoko Tsang, 29, said the more she travelled around the world as a flight attendant, the more she has come to cherish Hong Kong’s freedoms, which she feels are increasingly under attack. “No matter where we go, Hong Kong is always our home and our roots,” she said. “Whether it’s before or after work, we have to fight for time to show our support in rallies.” Cathay Pacific’s Flight Attendants Union said it supported the rally and encouraged members to join, a stance that earned it a rebuke in China’s state media. “We feel deep regret with the incapability of our (chief executive) Carrie Lam and her team that only play tricks to fool its people,” the union said in a message on Facebook, referring to the city’s unelected leader. More than five hours after the protest began it was still going, a huge crowd of people chanting “Free Hong Kong!” at arrivals. Tourists had a variety of reactions to the display from baffled and bemused to supportive. “I feel like I’m back home now because in Chile we have similar issues with the police,” Margarita Duco, a 24-year-old traveller who was in Hong Kong on a layover told AFP. “The excessive use of violence when there are peaceful manifestations, it’s very common in my country so I can relate with what they are going through,” she added. Multiple Chinese mainland visitors approached by AFP declined to comment. Hong Kong is bracing itself for another weekend of rallies and possible clashes. Police have banned a planned Saturday protest against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators in the rural town of Yuen Long near China’s border. But messaging channels and forums used by activists suggest people plan to rally there regardless. Another rally on Sunday will end close to China’s Liaison Office, which was pelted with eggs last weekend before police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters hurling projectiles.
Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson swapped out his racing helmet for a hard hat this past weekend and teamed up with longtime partner Lowe’s and Habitat For Humanity Las Vegas to raise the walls of a new home at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Nearly 100 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers joined Johnson and his pit crew to frame a four-bedroom Habitat home that will be transferred to Henderson, Nevada, and completed in partnership with a local family. Throughout the weekend, Lowe’s and Habitat gave race fans at the track the chance to sign up for a future Habitat build and encouraged them to enlist the help of a friend or family member to multiply their impact.Before stepping into his No. 48 Kobalt Chevrolet SS for the Kobalt 400 on Sunday, Johnson presented the family with the key to their new home.“I can’t think of a better way to have kicked off race weekend than raising the walls on Friday and celebrating with the family today,” Johnson said on Sunday. “It’s just amazing to see what happens when Lowe’s and Habitat team up.”“There’s a great need for affordable housing in Las Vegas, across the country and around the world,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director for Habitat for Humanity International. “We’re grateful to have the support of Lowe’s and Jimmie Johnson to help us build a home and raise awareness of the need for volunteers to help us in our mission. As we ramp up construction activity this spring, volunteers will be critical to our success in revitalizing communities and helping families obtain the dream of homeownership.”Lowe’s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade to build homes and revitalize communities around the country. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped nearly 4,000 families improve their living conditions. Anyone interested in volunteering can learn more at Habitat.org/Lowes. ”We’re proud to help Habitat Las Vegas continue its transformational work in Southern Nevada,” said Larry Edens, market director for Lowe’s Las Vegas stores. “We hope this extraordinary build inspires race fans to support Habitat projects in their own communities.”