Once upon a time there was an author called Robert Thirkell who wrote the incredibly insightful book called ‘C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T’. He wrote about two chapter which are relevant to the task we have been set for this weeks blog task. He wrote about in one particular chapter the ‘creative sparks’ and how it is good to be on the lookout for as many stories as possible. He also mentions in this book that the most important ingredient for a story is for it to have ambition. You start out with a simple idea and expand upon it to make it so that it’s ambitious. An example he mentioned in the book is Jamie Oliver’s school dinners, this is ambitious in what it’s trying to change according to Thirkell by trying to change eating habits of children in the UK but ambition, makes it sell around the world which is an interesting concept to think about when coming up with an idea in pre-production.
He also talks about how meeting contributors and persuading people to contribute into doing the program is a hard task in itself because of negotiations. He claims that he will spend two hours finding the right contributor and once meeting with them he will simply talk 3/4 of the way about life and finding common ground. In fact, they got a statement from a former controller, legal and compliance, Channel 4, MD, Media Law Consultancy saying that the key thing is trust and wording the agreement to take place is vital for the contributor.
Not only that but later on in the book, Thirkell talks about how people skills are equally important into keeping lots of different constituencies happy. I think Thirkell’s book is really interesting as it not only teaches you a lot about how to keep a contributor happy and keep them in the fold even if the producer decides they don’t want them in the final cut is vital to a show’s success. He mentioned in the book that you want to push the boundaries of the contributor but also make them feel happy and comfortable to do so, this obviously comes with a lot of practice but it all depends on how you treat people as a whole which comes in handy when trying to gain contributors for a program. The book C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T is so compelling and useful when wanting to gain information into how you get people to trust you enough to take part in a show you are filming.
Robert Thirkell’s book C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T is truly a one of a kind book which offers some extremely insightful and thoughtful analysis into gaining contributors, and they all lived happily ever after.