Selling your show at the Fringe is tough. It’s a buyer’s market, and the competition is relentless. And the little blurb and photo in the Fringe guide…how much can it possibly communicate about your play? If only you could connect with your potential audience directly, just grab their attention for one minute to tell them how wrong, how utterly crazy it would be for them to miss this chance to see your work.
We’d like to give you that chance.
(Note the new location for out of town pitches below)
If you’re a local Vancouver Fringe company, show up next Tuesday, August 26 to the Carousel Theatre on Granville Island (1411 Cartwright St., just past the G.I. Brewery) anytime between 1 and 4 pm. If you’re an out of town company, show up the following Tuesday, September 2, at the Fringe Volunteer Centre: 1620 Durenleau St., Granville Island. Have a general idea of what you consider the essential selling point – the elevator pitch, if you will – of your production to be. Don’t worry about a lot of slick prep for this, nobody wants to feel like they’re watching an infomercial on their computer, and it’s just too easy to click away. What we want to see is the wonderful charm of you shining through, and the passion for your piece that’s going to compel us to make time for it, come hell or high water.
You’ll have one minute max of tape time, so really distill your wonderfulness down to its core greatness. Each shoot (with retakes, if necessary) usually takes about 5 minutes altogether. Click right here for scads of examples of what you’re aiming for.
All of your production deets will be included as copy in your dedicated ad, so please don’t worry about throwing in times, locations etc. Just tell us why you rock.
Vancouver companies can stop by anytime between 1-4 this Tuesday the 26th, and the out-of-town companies are welcome the following Tuesday, September 2. We will shoot on a first come, first serve basis, so there may be some short wait times if everyone shows up at once.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me at vanstage(at)gmail(dot)com. We’re looking forward to your pitch!