Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Screenwriting Bullet #12
Pitching is an unavoidable task. Even if you're the world's most reclusive hermit, at some point you're going to have to tell someone what your latest script is about. The good news is that pitching is both a verbal and written task. The writing pitch chain goes like this: logline (25 words of less), pitch paragraph, one/two page outline, outline (3-6 pages), treatment (6 pages or more). So, if you manage to avoid pitching your story verbally, then it would probably come in one of the above forms.
Unfortunately, one-to-one verbal pitches take on a world of pain as insecurity and performance anxiety usually take hold. However, a good basic template for a formal verbal pitch would be:
Talk about where you got the idea from or why you are so interested/passionate in the subject matter.
Give the logline/25 words or less description.
Expand on this logline, giving the broad summary of the plot, including the end.
Thank the pitchee for their time and ask if they have any questions.
Get out, have a stiff drink.
What's The Big Idea?
Pitching Follow Up
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