12 Sep 2011
The nail-biting drama of the Transition elevator pitch
Here is a fascinating short film. It features Eric Stewart of Transition New Port Richey in Florida, US, giving a presentation to his local council about what the group are up to. Yet it is also one of the most stressful Transition films I have ever seen, like some surreal drama, the dramatic tension is almost unbearable. The clock, in bright red, is ticking down and it’s hard to take your eyes off it. Will he say everything he needs to in just 3 minutes? What happens if he is still talking after 3 minutes? Do they pull a handle so that he plunges into a tank of crocodiles? Will he stumble, get it all wrong and say the wrong things?
… and then… just when the tension becomes unbearable, the film stops with 1:07 left to go! Ah the suspense! The unanswered questions! The sheer drama! I don’t need The Wire, 24…. just I minute 53 seconds of Eric Stewart and I have no finger nails left and chances are I won’t sleep tonight. He does a great job, keeps his head, and presents what the group are doing really well. Worth having a think about what you would say in that situation…. what would be the key things to get across if that red clock were ticking? If anyone has any idea where the rest of this film can be found, you might just put me out of my misery…