So listen to exactly what your buyer wants to know about your script, and then answer just that question in no more than 10 seconds. This is by far the biggest mistake any writer or filmmaker can make. The beauty of the Pitch Slam is that when that happens, you just move to the next table and present your pitch again.
Never try to tell your whole story. Leave the buyer in suspense.
Focus on revealing the essential elements of your story. So when you complete the description that includes those key elements in item 2, follow with the title, and then a single sentence that summarizes it all: But if I were to boil down all of the principles, examples and pitching templates the book provides for creating, rehearsing and delivering an outstanding pitch, it would result in these seven steps: Complete your presentation by either summarizing the conflict, or by revealing whatever major setback occurs at the end of Act 2.
So instead of trying to weave a tale in two minutes, you want to…. Titles are close to meaningless, and usually confusing, when a buyer knows nothing about the story at all. Follow the log line with a question. Instead, open your pitch by saying where you first got the idea for your story.
The Pitch Slam — and the entire conference — should be a very special event, and a great opportunity. And log lines might convey a little bit, but they will have much greater impact later in the pitch see below.
Finish your description with the title and the log line. For many writers this is the hardest part of the pitch. This can often be done when you… 5.
Begin by revealing how you came up with the idea. My book Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: Get our Script eNewsletter and receive the latest in screenwriting news and, for a limited time, get a free download of the How to Write a Screenplay workbook!
Who is your HERO or protagonist? They have carefully prepared, well-rehearsed, second presentations, and then they respond to simple questions with long, meandering responses — usually in an unconscious attempt to tell the entire story see 1 above. And because there will be lots of other writers and filmmakers hoping to do the same thing, you want both your pitch and your story to stand out among the hundreds of others these potential buyers will hear.
It might grow out of a personal experience, or it might be based on a true story, or a novel for which you have the rights, or some article you read that stimulated your creativity. These are the key questions buyers want you to answer for them: As any good salesperson will tell you, you have to ask for the sale to close the deal.
Opening in this way draws the buyer into your story with the same element that got you excited about it. Michael Hauge has presented his seminars and lectures to more than 30, writers and filmmakers.
To take full advantage of this situation, you must pitch your project in a way that succinctly, emotionally and powerfully conveys both its artistic and commercial potential.
Here is where these elements of your pitch can be most powerful — after your buyer knows the essence of your story.Preparing to Pitch Your Screenplay to a Studio Pitching a script is an art form, and although it can be stressful, it’s something every writer has to perfect before approaching executives or agents.
How To Pitch A Movie – A Movie Pitch Example You know (or you’re learning) how to write a screenplay – but do you know how to pitch a movie?
What you’re about to see is the first phase of researching and developing a movie pitch. Learning how to pitch a screenplay isn’t just a must-have marketing element every screenwriter should have in their toolbox.
(It can actually be a great way to focus and refine your story in a way that humans – who don’t share your last. Get our Script eNewsletter and receive the latest in screenwriting news and, for a limited time, get a free download of the How to Write a Screenplay workbook!
Pitching Tips: 7 Keys to a Great Pitch By: Script Magazine | September 27, A second pitch should not to be confused with a pitch meeting.
In a pitch meeting, a writer (usually a screenwriter - pitch meetings are rare in the publishing world) has been invited to come to an agent or executive's office and outline a story in detail.Download