You’ve just written the next hottest screenplay. Picture the following scenario:
You’re whizzing up or down an elevator with a film development executive. They’re looking for their next great movie project or a screenwriter to hire.
What now? Pitch fast and hard. You probably have 30 to 60 seconds. Go!
- Can you describe the concept in one sentence or less?
- Is it in a proven saleable, marketable genre or a highly personal story?
- How is it different, but the same as other successful movies? aka the HOOK.
- What are similar films that have done well?
You must also toot your own horn, blow your trumpet or another euphemism for promoting yourself. Have you won any screenwriting or filmmaking awards?
Be confident. Be humble.
Have you got any letters of recommendation, praise, attached elements or anything that suggests that members of the film industry are happy to work with you?
Start with a SCREENPLAY TITLE, GENRE and LOGLINE.
Describe the WORLD of your story with your voice. Is it scary? Is there a character who speaks in a funny voice? Speak with your hands if necessary. It helps if you’re Italian. Build in the tone. Is it set a haunted house atop a hill or a babe-soaked surf beach? Speak visually so the pitch can experience the movie you imagine.
Talk about the main characters, antagonist, theme and conflict. Hurry because the elevator is fast approaching its destination.
Skim through the main plot points; setup, inciting incident, first and second turning points, climax and resolution in broad strokes.
The elevator’s starting to slow down…
Wind up with the conclusion and repeat the screenplay title.
Ask if they have any questions.
If they want to read the film script, they’ll ask you for it. If you’re super-confident you can simply ask them the best way of getting it to them.
Bing. Doors open. Walk out with a development deal.
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