I am very glad I managed to pitch to mum and dad again before my actual assessment. I had a near argument with my mum because she pointed out the ending wasn't quite right. Unfortunately with me, I always take criticism on board but I tend to fight about with my parents, even though they always give me the best feedback. What mum criticised definitely made it better.
Lesson learned. Practise practise practise. Humility humility humility.
When it actually came to pitching to Tom Gutteridge, I really enjoyed just telling him the story.
His feedback was very helpful. He pointed out a part in one scene where a character shouldn't say a particular line because it conflicts with what is going on in that scene. It was an extremely valid point that I would never have thought of. I would like to make this short film and that will definitely add to it.
Tom also said I could add an extra 2 minutes on to my short so I could add in some more songs.
Fine by me! He completely won me over with that comment.
Contemporary Media Industries
Steph's seminar was brilliant. She took us through some industry history, we debated whether music videos are still valid and where people today find their music. Then somehow we ended up discussing copyright laws again.
Is it possible to stop music piracy?
No. I just can't see how that would be possible. To stop it completely you would have to have control over the internet and then you would become like China or Turkey, blocking websites. Steph did mention someone discussing the government getting involved to help prevent piracy...
Anyway, I believe that if they did start to control the internet to stop illegal downloads then people would simply rig up a form of recording device to record songs that other people had paid for. Or just find a way of cracking iTunes or tapping into other people's downloads. Or get stuff from other countries that don't have the control on them.
P.S Wikipedia tells me that copyright (in Europe at least) was started by governments and churches to control what was being circulated. Figures.
Back then of course it was all to do with publishing. People were suddenly able to voice any opinion they wanted. Churches and governments have never liked that.
I wonder if there is an element of that in copyright laws today?
Or is it all about the money...?