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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Aug 08 2008 :  22:43:04  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Does anyone know or have any tips on building a press kit? I got email today from cbs-paramount curious about my doings... I told them I would send out my press kit out them right away... Now I have to make one... but I have no clue. There are some info on google but its a little sketchy. I am wondering if there is a proper format to make them like letter writing or if its just kinda free style.

 http://lhandslide.com

vrossi
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Italy
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Posted - Aug 08 2008 :  23:37:49  Show Profile  Visit vrossi's Homepage
Mik,

I spent some years working as a journalist, so I received a lot of press kits.

They usually contain:
* A quick description of your products ( no more than 3 pages)
* A very short description of your company (about 20 lines)
* Some screenshots of your products
* Some photos of the company's executives

You should consider that journalists like to publish their work without writing and/or thinking too much so you should supply them a press kit which can be easily "cut and pasted" into a newspaper article or blog comment.

I give you here some examples, taken from an EMC Press Conference, held in Boston some years ago. I attended it and I particularly appreciated Sam Adams beer in Boston :

www.vrconsulting.it/files/emc1.doc
www.vrconsulting.it/files/emc2.doc
www.vrconsulting.it/files/emc.jpg

I hope this may be helpful.



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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Aug 09 2008 :  00:07:35  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Oh wow... thanks Vittorio, that is reallly gonna come in handy. Thanks a lot! That gives me some framework. I can go from there.

I finally went ahead and registered my 'company' domain name too. I guess it was about time.

I'm just going to indulge a little because its kinda personal... the address the Paramount producer sent me was the same address I was headed to 7 years ago when I had my insane breakdown. 5555 Melrose, man! That hit some wierd spot inside me...

In my crazy wild delusion I was going there to deliver my Star Trek script which I had spent 3 years writing. It was so important to me. Well, in my insanity, I had the idea I could just walk into Paramount and talk to the Producer and have my show made... 5555 Melrose

I never got there... car broke down, then I got on the wrong bus, lost my wallet... ended up in a creepy dark forest all by myself... and some of you know what happened next.

Anyway, it just messes with me a little... Paramount man, my land of dreams.

k, sorry about that... sigh


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GrantNZ
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New Zealand
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Posted - Aug 09 2008 :  04:03:34  Show Profile
Nice advice Vit - and interesting that an ex-journalist who doesn't like to think too much gets into artificial intelligence

Mik, another thing you could do is have a look at the web sites for some gamedev companies, movie companies etc - they quite often have press areas of their sites for their announcements. (I mean the actual company (corporate) web sites, as opposed to the game- or movie-specific sites that are very much for public consumption.)

For example just off the top of my head, here's Bioware's press area: http://www.bioware.com/bioware_info/press_releases/
Lots of press releases and down the bottom of the page are fact sheets etc.
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GrantNZ
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New Zealand
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Posted - Aug 09 2008 :  04:12:02  Show Profile
Ohh BTW mik, don't feel bad about the script thing - from what I understand it's incredibly incredibly common for producers to be deluged with ideas etc from young people The most common piece of advice I've seen game developers give for wannabes is "go away and actually do something - don't just come up with ideas that you want other people to make."

Of course, with 3ds Max, you have basically all you need to make your own Star Trek episode now I want to try making a (very) short "film" one day, it could be fun. I've got a friend who recently did an animation course, where the course project was a short film, and his results were very very good! He's a 3ds Max guy too Of course it's six months' work for about two minutes of video, but hey
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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Aug 09 2008 :  11:50:06  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Very cool Grant! I will check that out.

quote:
Of course, with 3ds Max, you have basically all you need to make your own Star Trek episode now


That is basically my only option... unless I want a repeat. I was thinking about iClone. Their new version just came out yesterday... 3.0 - at least that is the release date on their site. Couldn't find the download link but it looks awesome.

http://www.reallusion.com/event/iclone3pre/default.asp

Okay, if I end up on tv i will be sure to mention it... thats just crazy.

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mikmoth
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USA
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Posted - Aug 09 2008 :  14:43:06  Show Profile  Visit mikmoth's Homepage
Hey here is the new company logo. I never expected anything to come out of it or I would of thought of a better name. Now, I am sort of stuck with it. Oh well... that's it for now. laters

http://lhandslide.com/

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hologenicman
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Posted - Aug 10 2008 :  07:21:47  Show Profile  Visit hologenicman's Homepage
quote:
I'm just going to indulge a little because its kinda personal... the address the Paramount producer sent me was the same address I was headed to 7 years ago when I had my insane breakdown. 5555 Melrose, man! That hit some wierd spot inside me...

In my crazy wild delusion I was going there to deliver my Star Trek script which I had spent 3 years writing. It was so important to me. Well, in my insanity, I had the idea I could just walk into Paramount and talk to the Producer and have my show made... 5555 Melrose


Mikmoth, I actually find it very enjoyable when things in my life come full circle such as this has for you.

EVERYTHING that happens happens for some better good. I've seen this enough times that nowadays, I just sit back and enjoy the ride. When the ride takes me full circle, I just enjoy the irony of it and appreciate how far things have come since the first time.

John L>
IA|AI

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