Live!Ammunition!
99 Minute Film Schools

Live!Ammunition!

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Event Details

Last night saw a packed Live!Ammunition! where 27 people pitched their scripts to a panel including Gareth Edwards and Rob Whitehouse. The results are as follows:
1st Place: Nicholas Horwood - Mandemic!
2nd Place: Mark Pallis - Braai
3rd Place: Palle Nodeland - A Hairy Tale
Hon Mention: Alastair Collinson - Jesus and Judas

Congratulations to everyone who pitched.

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Objectives

Pitch your movie idea, improve your skills, impress your friends and our panel, convince them to pick your idea up for further development!

Have you got a great idea for a movie?

This is it! Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of top film executives. These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy scripts - they are the people who decide what will be made and what won't.

To pitch, just drop a fiver in the hat, and the floor is yours. You have two minutes to convince the panellist to read your script or make your film. They can and will gong you off if you are boring.

›› Don't read from cards. It destroys eye contact
›› Sell the sizzle, not the steak
›› Be brief, don't be boring
›› Be entertaining

Improve your pitching skills and get instant feedback. Some pitches have gone into production these include Meet The Parents (1994), 51st State (1995), Siamese Cop (1996) and White Bhaji (2001).

Panelists

Gareth Edwards - Writer/Director (Monsters)

Gareth is best known for directing the 2010 indie motion picture 'Monsters', his first feature film. He also wrote, filmed, and did the visual effects for the film. Gareth Edwards won 'Best Director' at the British Independent Film Awards 2010.

Robert Whitehouse - Producer

Robert Whitehouse is an experienced international film producer, lawyer and financier, a member of the California and New Zealand Bars who has been involved in various aspects of the film industry since 1980.  He has produced a number of feature films, from award-winning arthouse films to major studio productions, working in New Zealand, Los Angeles and the UK.

His most recent productions as a financier and Executive Producer include “We Need to Talk About Kevin”, Ralph Fiennes’s “Coriolanus”, Noel Clarke’s “4.3.2.1”, low-budget WWI film “Age of Heroes”, and the Minnie Driver coming-of-age musical “Hunky Dory”.

Since 1998 has raised over US$400 million in film and other entertainment finance.

Rupert Bryan - MD Motion Picture House

Rupert Bryan is the MD of Motion Picture House, involved in every stage of every production, overseeing an output that has garnered awards and driven ambition. MPH have been creating award winning feature films and branded content for 10 years. 

A boutique production and post-production facility based inside Saatchi & Saatchi, the company’s expertise has been in delivering value for money 360 degree content for clients of all kinds including several online campaigns.  Recently Rupert produced the feature film Ghosted and Baseline (released in the UK by Optimum).

Alberto Lopez - International Sales & Development Director - Variety

As the International Director of Sales and Development, Alberto oversees all of Variety's business operations outside of the US. Since joining Variety in 2001, Alberto has worked to develop the Variety brand internationally, creating partnerships and new business initiatives, expanding the magazine's reputation and readership. Variety is widely recognised as the world's most influential entertainment business magazine.

Alberto has also been writing scripts for over a decade and had a short film produced for network television. Currently he has a script in development with a British film company.

Joe Utichi

Critic and journalist Joe Utichi writes about film regularly for the Sunday Times Culture, the Guardian, Total Film and Empire. His work can be read in magazines and newspapers all over the world. Joe is a BAFTA member and has sat on juries for the BAFTA Film Awards. He works with studio clients including 20th Century Fox, Sony and Paramount and production companies such as Vertigo Films, Pathe and Hammer


What You Said About Live!Ammuntion!

"Just a wee note to thank you all for a great event last night. There were a few of us that came along and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! Made even more special by Lynne's pitch - Eye Contact being joint runner up and receiving great interest particularly from Cat Villiers.  Then....
getting the bite me T-shirt was just the icing on the cake - far too much excitement for one night!  :O)


What fun.  Well done guys, and thanks again!" Have a great day
- Mims

"Had a great night at Ammunition - surprisingly, I totally enjoyed my first ever film pitch. I admit I was terrified, I had 30 seconds, and my adrenalin was rushing, but the atmosphere was warm and encouraging. I was overjoyed and will never forget the moment when the crowd and the panel wanted me to finish the pitch.Thanks for a superb event!"
- Daniel J

"I just wanted to say thanks for your encouraging comments last night – they are absolutely priceless – especially since they come at a time when, baffled by reading too much about structure, I have been wrestling with the negative voice that I am sure afflicts many writers “this is completely uncommercial and no-one will be interested – does it even work as a story? – so where are the act breaks?” I even thought of cancelling at the last minute! The encouragement & feedback for participants is also one of the great things about liveammo - so long may it continue!"
  - Hamish M

"I thank you Raindance for the wonderful live ammo event last evening. It was wonderful to come across some brilliant ideas and above all it was a fantastic learning experience in the art of pitching.
[I'll try to muster some courage when it is held the next time]."
- Sanjay

Past Panellists

  • Ewan McGregor, the Actor
  • Sally Caplan, head of the Premiere Fund at the UK Film Council
  • Malcolm Gerrie, founder and Chief Executive of Whizz Kid Entertainment
  • Lora Fox Gamble, Producer, Another Life, Spanish Fly, Prague Duet
  • Robert Jones (UK Film Council)
  • Charles Steel, producer Last King of Scotland
  • Menhaj Huda, director Kidulthood
  • Elisar Cabrera, international film sales agent, High Point Films
  • Jim Wilson, producer Shaun of the Dead
  • Matthew Dench, talent agent, Dench Arnold
  • Dean Goldberg (Park Caledonia)
  • Michael Cowan, (Spice Factory)
  • Richard Elfman, Producer, Director, Actor, Writer
  • Jeremy Wooding - Bollywood Queen
  • Penny Woolcock -The Principles of Lust
  • Sarah Gavron - This Little Life
  • Norma Heyman, producer
  • Richard Holmes, producer, Gruber Films
  • Brock Norman Brock, The Film Council
  • Roger Corman, Producer
  • Lloyd Kaufman, Producer, Actor, Director, Writer
  • Shane Meadows Director/Writer, Once Upon A Time in the Midlands, 28 Days Later, This Is England
  • Nik Powell - Scala Films
  • Seamus McGarvey - Award winning cinematographer of 'The Hours'
  • Anna Thomas - Producer of Oscar nominated 'El Norte' and co-writer of
  • 'Frida'.
  • Matthew Vaughan, Producer, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Layer Cake, Stardust
  • Coline Woodcock, Kuhn and Co.
  • Ed King, Development, Rocket Pictures
  • Steve Gaydos Editor, Variety UK
  • Antonia Bird - Director, Ravenous, Face, Mad Love, Priest
  • Tracey Scoffield - Head of Development and Executive Producer, BBC Films
  • Morwenna Banks - Writer/Actress, The Announcement
  • Leslee Udwin - Producer, East is East, The One and Only
  • Nahrein Mirza - Head of Development, Littlebird Pictures
  • Lora Fox Gamble, Prod

NOTES

Maximum number of places: 150

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This event is suitable for novice and experienced filmmakers

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