Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Wit the Pitch hurtling its way towards us, I have a completed 'wow' image, which will hopefully get across what I'm planning for the Fentil: Another Life film. For those interest in how I did it, here's the Work In Progress(es)
And the finished piece.

I also have a fairly decent draft of my "script" for my pitch:
Good afternoon/morning, my name is Adden Mesa, I am a xeno-biologist and I am here to represent Triple Dash, a company which specializes in non-terran filming and documentaries.
We have a very successful film history, with 2 Europa dives under our belt and we are soon to be releasing our documentary on the Saturnine moon, Titan. And with award winning documentaries - such as "Mars' Red Fossils" and "Europa: The Frozen Ocean", we are certainly capable of taking on another challenge.

---Strange Sounds---

These are the sounds of yet another alien world. Our newest project, which we call "Fentil: Another Life" , marks a milestone as the first alien wildlife documentary not filmed in our Solar System - documenting a new specimen of complex life in the universe around us. This is an tremendous opportunity.

Discovered in 2253, Fentil is one of 5 larger-than-Earth moons orbiting a huge rocky planet tentatively called Olympus. Fentil has gravity stronger than that of Earth, a thicker atmosphere, and once roughly every 4 Earth-months, it is eclipsed by Olympus, shrouding the moon in total darkness for weeks. Scientists have been studying Fentil for almost half a decade and still the public know very little about this strange place. Like all of the great documentarians before us, our film aims to educate the public about the weird and wonderful things that nature can produce.
We are particularly interested in the mediterranean continent, studying the predatory behaviours of a ubiquitous 6-legged hunter that scientists have dubbed the "Bright-Eye", due to the two luminous spots on its head. We believe that these strange hunters lack jaws, instead using two tube-like probosces to 'core' flesh from its prey.
The entire area is covered in plants named by xeno-botanists as "Tile Tops" . Tile Tops have a hollow lattice trunk and a flat, drumskin-like blue cap. These plants are so strong that they support communities of grazers which feed on the photosynthetic cap. One of the most common groups of animals feeding here are the herbivorous "Platehead", named so because of its flat, circular head.

We wish to document the predator-prey relationship between the BrightEye and the Platehead. So far, all footage from Fentil has been classified for research, but we have been able to disclose a single photograph of these animals from a geologists' probe, and this image showing stalking behavior is what peaked our interest in these animals in particular.
As well as this photograph, I have personally drawn some field sketches of these aliens and other Fentil wildlife from one of the first human-borne expeditions to the moon.
In a similar manner to our previous documentary films, we will be aiming for entry to Film Festivals, with our target being the general public with an interest in seeing wildlife.

Our goal with 'Another Life' is to show the parallels between life on Fentil and that of Earth, and that despite the visual, anatomical and biomechanical differences, the same patterns of nature are universal.
Despite backing by many reputable companies, we are still hoping to gain additional funding to ensure that our expedition is successful and completed safely.

What do you think? I'll also be dressed up in what hopefully will be a suit - I want to look convincing as...something. It'll be fun to pretend, and hopefully it'll make my pitch more memorable.

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