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Activity 1: Pitching

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Part A: Take a scene that you storyboarded in Lesson 5 and practice pitching it first in front of a mirror, then to a close friend, then to someone who you don’t know as well, but is willing to listen and provide feedback. Here are some things to think about:
  • Who are the characters and how can you make them distinctive?
  • Pull out and highlight any dialogue between characters so it’s easily visible when you’re going through your scene.
  • What are some descriptive words you can use to help your audience use their imagination?
  • What kind of energy can you bring to your pitch? Consider body movements, voice characteristics and sound effects.
  • Remember to pay attention to pacing; going through action scenes quickly while slowing down to let moodier moments breath.

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  • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user DaJester
    Tentative story name ( I appreciate suggestions): Ancient Element
    Main Characters: A boy from the fire tribe and a girl from the water tribe (need names)
    On a world where a water tribe lives on one half and a fire tribe lives on the other half, there is a never-ending war between the tribes. Our main characters have both had family members killed in the war. Each of them inherited an item from one of their parents (a key for the water girl and I-don't-know-what for the fire guy). Each year, there is an event called The Flame Games to resolve who will win resources of the planet. This event is mediated by a small tribe of wanderers, the metal tribe, who live in a secret piece of the planet's core. The metal tribe has lived a long time and they know that there used to be an earth tribe and a wood tribe, but also that the wars decimated them. One metal tribe person, who is very wise, also knows about the secret artifacts left behind to the fire boy and water girl. The metal man tells the fire boy in the next Flame Games that the fighting must be stopped, the water girl learns of this and befriends the metal man and fire boy to the dismay of the rest of the water tribe, and the three work together to stop the fighting, rediscover the lost tribes, and use the secret objects to save their planet. I can vividly see what I want the characters to look like, but I hope I'm not stopped at animation because I think this would make a good movie. I also can vividly imagine some scenes, but I'm unsure how they can fit in the story.
    (20 votes)
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  • starky tree style avatar for user Starky Tree Studios
    Name: Ten Thousand
    Main Characters: A regular 7th grade boy named Xander, a mysterious new kid who will turn out to be a god named Deus

    Plot: Xander goes to school on a regular day but sees a strange kid looking at him from across the room during lunch. The kid then walks away and somehow disappears around a corner. Xander eventually figures out that this kid is stalking him and confronts the kid. The kid reveals that he is a god and has important news. It turns out the world resets every 10 thousand years to be recreated by the gods. And this year is the last year of the 10 thousandth time this has happened, which means an ancient prophecy is going to come true. The prophecy states that a boy with a valiant heart shall end the cycle of ten thousand. (this will probably be more poetic in the finished story) Xander goes on a quest armed with a knife that can transport between the various ten thousand year-chunk thingys (will probably have name for these in finished stories) He must collect a relic from the thousandth chunk, 2 thousandth chunk, 3 thousandth chunk, etc. He then must go to the first year of the first chunk and prove himself worthy to the gods. Throughout the way the god-kid helps him and becomes his best friend. Xander returns home having succeeded at his quest, but discovers his new friend is no longer at the school. Xander returns to his regular, now boring life but feels better about what he has accomplished after watching the ball drop on New Year's Eve. thus showing that the cycle of ten thousand has ended.

    This is just a vague idea, but I'm hoping to get it turned at some point into a movie or book. Any suggestions would be amazingly helpful, and constructive criticism too. Thanks.
    (16 votes)
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    • hopper cool style avatar for user Madeliv
      Very ambitious! I would suggest you look up "the Hero's journey"(e.g. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero%27s_journey) and adapt your story to fit this schema. Many great stories follow this format and it might be a good way to flesh out your story. Give the main character some struggles to overcome when he travels to the other thousand years etc. Also perhaps read some history books so you can describe the world that Xander travels to. Tip: don't restrict yourself to the USA/Europe. Perhaps have him travel to North Africa (pharaohs!), Middle or South America (Aztec/Maya/Inca civilizations), Asia (Chinese dynasty) etc. Good luck!
      (4 votes)
  • marcimus purple style avatar for user Tiffany Butterfield
    Story name: (don't know yet; suggestions would be great)
    Main Character:Lillian
    Lillian is a humanoid alien from the planet of Sitarist. She was taken to Earth and treated as an experiment, from these extreme experiments she lost her memory. A guy her age around 17-18 years of age took her back to her home planet. these aliens all have powers. She is told she needs to learn how to control them or she could destroy the entire planet. She is a strong fighter that never gives up, which in turn gives others their fighting spirit back. Soon she learns that she has a brother, her father is being held captive on another planet and her mother died trying to save her. She still needs help finding out who she is.
    (10 votes)
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  • piceratops seedling style avatar for user Marlon Vinza
    Story name: Daisuke the Reborn
    Main character: Daisuke Makaze

    It is the year 2029 AD. World War II is still going, and the world is divided between 3 superpowers: The United States of America (the Americas), the European Federation (Europe, Africa), and the Empire of Japan (Asia, Russia, Austraila, New Zealand). 7 years ago, Japan had conquered the United Kingdom for its resources using the newly-invented mecha called the Akumu Frame, striping the UK of its rights and freedoms, and renaming the country to Zone 11. Now, an ex-Japanese prince named Daisuke Makaze seeks to free the UK from Japanese rule and bring the Japanese Empire to its knees. Question is: can he do it?
    (9 votes)
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  • marcimus pink style avatar for user Tiara Rodriguez
    You wake up one day to realize that you've been killed in your sleep, and have 24 hours to figure out who killed you, or else you'll be like that for the rest of your life...or death, I should say...
    (7 votes)
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Nora Lynn-Manns
    Pixar In A Box: Storytelling/Pitching Story. Tuesday, November 4, 2017.

    Name of Story: A Walk In The Park.
    Main Character(s): Evinrude.

    One day, Evin was walking through the park rapidly, hurrying to his job. “Dang! I should have set an alarm” he says walking even more rapidly. “If I was working for a businessman who was the type of guy that was “en pointe” he’d be mad! Oh wait!! I am working for that guy!” he turns the corner and runs to a tall skyscraper and pulls the door open. The receptionist, who is sitting in her chair typing tells him that his boss wants to see him in his office. Evin, on the way up there thinks to himself, “He’s going to be mad, furious, or at the very least livid with me!”. When he arrives at his boss’s office, he knocks and hears a voice from within saying to come in. He opens the door and steps inside closing the door, meanwhile his boss is typing briskly at the keyboard.

    Evin asks, “you wanted to see me, Sir?” Evin, being an impatient sort at the age of 30, is normally an assistant. His new job, being the 13th one, requires him to be not just an assistant but also a pitcher to new clients in the film industry. His boss has stopped typing by now and he turns his chair to face Evin, Evin looking like a deer caught in the headlights. “Evinrude. That’s your name right?” “Yes Sir.” “You’re late. You know lateness is not my friend.” “I know Sir. I promise I won’t be late again.” “No matter. I’d like you to go down to the lobby and check in on the movies. I also want you to talk to the director for the newest movie.” “You’d like me to talk to the director Sir?!” “Yes.” Evin, having never done this before, was shocked that his new boss would have him do this. “Thank you, Sir.” “Off you go now.” As Evin is leaving the office his boss says, “You’re a bright, intelligent man Evin, you’ll do very well here if you let it.” “Thank you, Sir.” He leaves then to set out on a new path.
    (7 votes)
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  • duskpin tree style avatar for user Hailey Duncan
    Story Name: Natural Revenge
    Main Character: Birdie Miller

    Birdie Miller lives in the year of 2052, and she lives with her mom (Elaina Miller), her dad (Reegan Miller), her little sister (Kendall Miller), her little brother (Milo Miller), and her Grandpa (Levi Miller). In 2052 there are little "reservations" called Homeland (by the occupants at least), but everywhere else, Technology is ruling the world. When Milo gets sick and dies, Birdie's mom wants Birdie to go and find an old zoo that she used to go to as a kid. Birdie takes Kendall and her friend Griffin Woods, and they head to the Red Pines National Zoo of New Mexico. After 3 days, when they stop at a hotel, a fire suddenly breaks out. Griffin and Birdie get out in time, but Kendall doesn't make it out. Despite their tragic loss, they make it to the zoo after another day, but find that it is ruined and burned. The only thing left of the zoo is the Zoo Museum Director (still deciding a name for him), and his zoo. The Zoo is so sad, Birdie see's that things have to change, that these animals and plants did not deserve to die. After a day, Griffin reveals he was the one who started the fire, and he is working for someone who he thought was doing good. Despite his millions of apologies, Birdie is filled with rage and she leaves him. She then meets Klaus Evans (a boy from the city with Black hair and ice blue eyes), Lilly Willow (bleach blonde with deep blue eyes), and Parker Reynolds ( awkward boy with light brown hair and green eyes), and finds they have one thing in common: they want to protect the planet. Together, they find out the Director ruined the zoo by accidentally letting the animals drink the poison water his devices let out. When they got sick, it was easier to let them die than to try to care for them, so then, technology was needed more than ever to cope with the loss of those poor animals. They hold a riot right in front of the zoo, an to their surprise, many came. Birdie feel like she has finally achieved her quest: now more people will want to protect the earth and rebuild it, and there will be nature again.
    In the very end, it reveals a little boy is reading the book that the real reader just read and is astonished by her tale. He turns to tell his adoptive mother " That girl worked really hard to change things, didn't she, mom?" The mom is shown now to really be Birdie, who is now 32, in 2068. She is staring out the window: to a world that is just more Technology-ruled than 2052. She then says "She did. But she failed her quest.", not wanting to reveal (out of shame) that she did all that, that she worked so hard for nothing to be changed.:0

    I know this was a little long, but I really like this idea. There will be a second one, that I will call "The Red Book" where we will learn what happened to Lilly, Klaus, Parker and Griffin, and what her adoptive son will do after hearing it. If anyone thinks I should, I'll post some things about the second story :)

    (P.S: I'D LOVE SOME TIPS)
    (5 votes)
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  • starky seedling style avatar for user vermekie000
    Story name: Blood on Fire
    Main Main character: Mayella

    Dropped off as a kit, Mayella the fox was raised by a human family. But she has a secret: she has the power over fire. Her past about being a Magic Fox, a special kind of fox, is brought to light when her adoptive mother Jess is afraid that her parents might take Mayella away. So she transforms into a human and attends the local high school. Soon. she finds more Magic Foxes transformed from other clans- and even her own! When her long-lost brother BurningLeaf threatens the sleepy town of RosettiVille, Mayella realizes she has to overcome many obstacles to understand who she truely is and face off against her tyrannical brother.
    (2 votes)
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  • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user STORMBREAKER9
    My story (don't know title yet)
    Main character: Jared
    Jared is easy-going, has a positive attitude, and is now a bit more cautious around other people now since he's been betrayed. He has a feeling of wonder and awe towards his new powers, but is a bit puzzled about the unraveling of his destiny.
    I would suggest an easy-going expression and use a relaxed tone, but suddenly switch to excited, questioning, and then hyped-up.
    (4 votes)
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  • duskpin seedling style avatar for user Natalie  Borg
    Story Name: Tales of Moraidea: A Cinder-Hood Story
    Main Characters: Thora Axeldotter & Stefan Anderson

    Thora Axeldotter isn’t what you would expect from a girl living in the 1850’s. Instead of housekeeping like all women are expected to do, she’s leading a movement of freedom fighting patriots against the tyrannical King Edric, of the Kingdom of Senja.

    As the second-born prince of Senja, Stefan Anderson isn’t always noticed, which is exactly the way he likes it. Being smart, funny, and good with horses is not what his father had in mind for him. While Stefan’s imperial parents try to push him into politics, he wishes he was off exploring with his horse, Gladiator.

    While Thora unintentionally saves the life of a high-born royal, Stefan learns the identity of the notorious Guardian of the Crimson Code, who is a robin-hood-like thief, profiting off the rich and powerful. When Stefan unearths a plot against his life, he seeks refuge with the foresters, only to be held hostage by their leader, who happens to be the Guardian.

    Will Stefan always be running for his life, or will he figure out who is trying to kill him? And will Thora always be an outlaw, or will she one day be able to live a normal life?

    (all mentions of actual places and names are clearly coincidental)
    (4 votes)
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