Pitch & Planning Session
People make films, not equipment. The idea of this event is very simple. Put people who have an idea for a movie and people who want to work on movies in the same room. Let the people with an idea pitch their idea to the room and then let them all meet up and discuss and plan. Like many simple ideas, it is a very powerful one. Without this physical place to meet it’s a lot harder to get a start for people without experience or connections. There are many film networking events going on all the time in Berlin, but this event is focused on helping people get films made. We meet once a month and welcome all levels. Come on down and either pitch your idea or listen to others pitch theirs.
LOOKING FOR HELP
Do you have an idea for a film that you want to make? Do you need help working on the script, planning, shooting, or editing of your idea? This event gives you the chance to pitch your idea and what you need to a room full of people eager to help. You can ask for help at any stage of the filmmaking process. We make sure that this isn’t a pressure filled environment and this event is open to first time filmmakers. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming community that invites people to grow and learn. We know how hard it is to figure out how to make your ideas a reality, especially as a beginner, this is the event we wished we had when we just starting out.
WANTING TO HELP
Are you excited simply at the thought of working on a film? Maybe you work on film projects that aren’t fulfilling and need to do something more creative. Or you are a student who just graduated and are looking to start applying what you’ve learned. Perhaps you have always wanted to work in film, but didn’t know how to get a start? This event is tailored not only to the people with ideas, but also to those people wanting to express themselves by working on set. This event brings in people from complete beginners to people with years of specialized film experience. The thing that brings them all together is a love of the process and a passion for film.
Berlin Film Community
We meet at Space Meduza bar – 80 Skalitzerstr., 10997 Berlin
Notes from the last Pitch & Planning Sessions
Notes from Pitch & Planning #31 - June 8, 2022
Will be creating 4 different short films based on 4 songs he has written and recorded.
Lyrics from the song for context: “Will it be like when we first met? Will I run away in the end? Will you run away in the end?”
Beginning April he shot a 20 min short film about three scientists from NASA who receive a transmission from an astronaut on the moon. Through their negligence they decide not to help him. Their boss comes in and yells at them. Has Seinfeld vibes.
Someone to create the VFX space ship that comes back down to Earth
Approximately 5 seconds of footage
90 minute feature film called Joyride about a Berlin couple Irina a 39 year old Ukrainian married to Paul, a German who teaches at a nursery school/ Together they have a 4 year old boy.
Viktor a Theater Director in Ukraine calls Irina to try to leave the country and not join the military. Paul refuses saying it is not his business.
Sofia who has escaped the war and is a friend of Irina wants to go back to Ukraine from Berlin. They decide to take her and bring back Viktor.
Road movie about German fear. Paul is fearful and a pacifist. Their 89 Volvo breaks down. They have plenty of time to discuss sex, relationships, war, and other topics.
They have to cross the border at a non-sanctioned place and after arguing, go to pick up Viktor from a datscha. They learn that he is being held by a lone Russian soldier who wants to defect to Germany. They have a tense exchange with the soldier.
During this Irina reveals to Paul that Viktor is actually the father of what he though was his child and this is the reason she wants to bring him to Germany. Irina gets shot and needs to get to a hospital and pacifist Paul needs to take action. They return to Berlin after things have massively changed.
DP and cast are already on board
All other positions
Script will be in a mix of German, English, and Ukrainian
3-5 minute long short comedy
Has vibes from The Office And Ricky Gervais in general
A guy who goes to an audition and has to deal with an obnoxious and difficult director. The director leaves the room and someone within the room asks him if he thinks the director is a piece of shit. He answers yes and only after doing so realized that the camera is still rolling.
2 actors – 1 straight person and one comedian
Awkward situational comedy, breaking the fourth wall
Anyone willing to be a part of the crew
One day shoot. As soon as possible. Wry, fun shoot.
Notes from Pitch & Planning #30 - May 11, 2022
Pitch # 1 of 2
Book series being adapted into a movie
A girl who comes to a holiday island to meet her boyfriend. There are a series of killings. You hear the murder’s and the victim both of whom present an omniscient narrator perspective which may be unreliable. It is a lot of chaos.
Real lifeguard to discuss the role
People to develop the dialogue
Pitch #2 of 2
Title: I Like NY in June
Judy Galrland movie
Two characters walking through streets after college, doing interviews, getting photos taken for headshots.
Getting a dialogue going explaining what they are going through.
A person with a disability goes through this same events and how their perspective is different.
Based on Shakespear’s Julius Ceaser
Someone to help with script
Coming of age series in a mixed martial arts world.
A boy and a girl come from toxic families
An older MMA fighter becomes a father figure and they form a family like environment. Theme is the family you choose versus the family you are born into. Likely dialogue will be in German.
A writing partner
MMA knowledgeable people
A documentary project with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Multimedia project looking for people who have had issues with gentrification.
Documentary project. Personal story about relationship with brother. Her brother was admitted to a psychiatric ward. She boards a plane to Hungary and this changes her relationship to more of a mother figure. Story told through pictures from them as they were young as well as using actors to recreate the scenes.
To be shot in June and July
Editor (Spanish would be helpful)
Pitch #2 of 2
Teaser about hair loss and how it impacts men.
Documentary. Filming in the next two weeks.
People willing to talk about their experiences loosing their hair.
D Robert Errey
Short documentary film which will start out educating then switch to the hypothetical and fantastical future. Teaches about dementia. Then shifts to cryogenics and imagines what would happen if someone gets taken into the future. What about someone who suffers from dementia? Also, the idea of dementia being someone who has one foot in another dimension. How would this tie them to the after life? Maybe they are on their way into another dimension? Also how DMT relates to this transitional space between life and death.
Had worked as a social worker and has experience with these issues.
Script advisor to help organize their ideas
Preferably someone with mental health knowledge.
Visual effects (think Enter the void)
True lies (WIP title)
A young man is raised religious and told not to lie. A man is having trouble finding his true love and works on himself while trying to also find love. He learns that when you lie to yourself sometimes the lie can become reality. A woman lies to him when approached saying she has a boyfriend. All the past of what he said in terms of lies starts to become true.
Has beginning of the story
Someone to help with script writing
Notes from Pitch & Planning #29 - Apr. 13, 2022
Laura Girvent Alcalde
Short film – Poetic
About 10 minutes
Shooting in about a month
A prostitute and her life and how she interacts with her clients using tango dancing. Two women. The other sees the proustite very often. She will try to help the prostitute from her circumstances. Switch to abstract dancing with clients. About sex workers who find themselves in very dangerous circumstances.
From the fine art world
Feature Film – making a 15 minute pilot to make a bigger film.
Experimental film. Robinson Crusoe in an office. A strange character who follows their own procedures. No dialogue you get caught up in their R&D which ends up looking like artwork. Someone who can’t understand in their isolation. Based in a glass space with wide shots.
Intercut with image sequences. A frame, some rope. He is on an island in a river. This is his personal spot. The island is his terminal phase. He is conducting a funeral, but open ended as to the representation and direction at the end.
May use voice over.
Style of Roy Anderson
Actor – theatrical person who acts well with their body.
Asking for projects to produce. Looking for short film scripts, ideas, pitches to help produce your short film. Ready to make a short this year and a feature next year.
If you already have a short or feature send him a screener and he will see if he can get you sales/distribution.
He is also a part of AlefCine Pictures which has a Post production studio and can handle Editing/Coloring/Mastering/DCP creation.
Anastasiia Malysheva – Ukrainian Locations/Costume/Production Designer new to Berlin looking for work.
Looking for work. Wanting to finish her studies.
Notes from Pitch & Planning #28 - Mar. 09, 2022
Film Title – Vietnam
2 criminals, a Croatian and a Romanian who don’t know each other have to dig up the body of a young woman and take it to somewhere in Berlin so it can be inspected by a criminal. They then have to dispose of the body. They form a brotherly bond through this act.
Feature film, 2nd one he has directed
Bulk of shooting take place next week through May.
Deals with history. Meant to invoke the way humans in the 20th century relate to history and don’t know how to deal with collective trauma.
A journey of a girl with telekinetic abilities who must flee her home world to find her love who is more like an uncle/teacher. She needs to rescue him from another dimension. In order to do so she needs to convert to a non-material form in order to cross dimensions.
Sci-fi tragic comedy
Abbas Mohammed Aub
Short – around 15 minutes
Shooting next week 18/3/22
Shooting next weeks. Afghan artistic woman who comes to Germany and tries to find her way. 20 year old woman, who’s life revolves around her brother and her uncle. She has an unexpected opportunity presents itself. She is a Tiktoker, artist and her family is trying to stop her from pursuing this path.
Notes from Pitch & Planning #27 - Feb. 02, 2022
Stefanie founded AlefCine Pictures, a full service production company that takes care of the whole process from pre-production, through production, and through to sales and distribution. They can actually sell short films for theatrical release.
There is a studio where they can handle the post production: editing, color, sound.
Website will be released soon.