Day 2 in Cannes
Most common question asked in pitches so far. Not 'what it's about' but 'how does it end'? Interesting and challenging question as you want to impress the hell out of them with your story's resonant resolution.
All is going well along the Croissette. It's much cooler and windier today, a suggestion of rain, and the general mood seems to be quieter and more laid back than yesterday. People winding down, apparently, and going home. I'm here 'till Saturday but have meetings lined up until Friday.
Most of the meetings were set up prior to arrival by using the Cannes Market database and going through it to target potential producers/investors/fairy godmothers for my projects. I sent about 200 emails to which I got about a 10% response and it's broken down roughly into four meetings per day, all of which subject to change or removal.
The best approach for the meetings has been to talk to the people rather than actively pitch them with an over-zealous energy. Tell them about yourself and what you're up to. It's more about making contacts and setting up possible relationships than actually closing a development deal. It's not a writers' festival but it's great to be here to meet new and influential people. If they are interested in your scripts, then you can tell them what they're about but in a more relaxed, conversational style, and seems to work a lot better than spellbinding them with pitch trick no.53.
Quite tired now. Energy dip. Going to have a coffee. Still a long day ahead.