Pitching Your Screenplay
1) REHEARSED PITCH
This is most common type. It is the most structured and business like. It often lasts for 10 to 30 minutes. The writer does most of the talking, sometimes allowing room for questions at the end. They most occur when the producer has expressed an interest in the writers work and wants to meet them with the aim of purchasing the property or offering the writer a staffing assignment.
2) SEMI-STRUCTURED PITCH
This is the delicate balance between the first and second types of pitch. It is slightly less formal and allows for more interaction between writer and producer to establish rapport. They can also take the form of “general meetings” where multiple projects can be pitched.
3) LOOSY GOOSY PITCH
This occurs when writers are more interested in pitching concepts, character relationships, themes rather than plot to would be producers. These types of pitches are most effective for established talent with a track record for certain types of materials. e.g. Woody Allen. It’s a more interactive type of pitch where producers experience a pitch rather than simply assess its market value.
4) DATING PITCH
This is really a getting to know each other session. Writer and producer talk about the industry, favorite films of the year, likes, dislikes, favorite talent and assorted topics up for debate. The actual pitching component happens towards the end, oftentimes looking more like a development meeting.
5) BITCH PITCH
This is all out war on the film industry at large. Writer and producer openly criticize film, appointments, agreements, finance and offer their opinions on how to cure its ailments. Project pitching often falls off the agenda because both parties forgot what their meeting was about in the first place.
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