More On Pitching


Doug Eboch and Ken Aguado, co-authors of “The Hollywood Pitching Bible”, discuss the key components of a successful pitch. Most pitches range from 15 seconds to 15 minutes long and they are often delivered in an unstructured, spontaneous environment. The key to delivering an effective pitch is to have a compelling idea with a strong…

How To Impress The Entertainment Industry


Lee Jessup, entertainment career consultant, gives some pointers on being a desirable brand in the industry. What agents, managers, and other executives are looking to deduce is this: Are you an able content creator? Do you come up with compelling, industry-friendly ideas consistently? Can you aptly talk about your work? Are you memorable, in a…

Writing Better Loglines


Loglines may the only thing the entertainment world may ever read of your script. According to script consultant Danny Manus, they are the key predictors of your story’s success.  They are a unique blend of substance and style designed to make someone want to read your script and potentially produce it. Given the amount of…

Personal Aspects Of Pitching


Jacob Krueger, writer for Script Magazine discuss the planning and purpose of pitch meetings, rather than actual mechanics. 1) TARGET THE RIGHT PRODUCERS  It’s astounding how many writers disregard this vital principal. In fact, Hollywood is clogged with half-baked pitches, flung haphazardly and repeatedly at any producer willing to listen, without any thought about what…

Why Can’t I Sell My Screenplay?


Staton Robin from Script Magazine discusses some common conceptions and misconceptions writers have about selling their screenplays. Yes, the industry’s tough. All you can do is be aware of the industry and improve your craft. Persistent complaining has never resulted in a sales. Executives don’t write checks after you’ve worn them down. The good news…

Why Solid Loglines Are So Important


Script analyst, Erik Bork discusses the importance of well executed loglines. Loglines describe a movie (or series) idea in a quick sentence or two that provide enough of an idea of what it’s about to (hopefully) seem like a grabby, fresh and commercially viable concept. They present an emotionally compelling situation for characters one can…

How To Protect Your Material


Steve Kaire explains how to protect both your written and verbally pitched material from copyright infringement. There is no absolute method of protecting your ideas or screenplays. There are however, a number of steps you can take to give you the maximum protection possible. Generally speaking, the more fixed form your idea has, the greater…

Types Of Script Pitches


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…

Pitching Yourself And Your Film Projects


A key part of being a successful screenwriter is knowing how to discuss your movie projects or your take on a project in development. If you’ve been called in for a general meeting you can be broad in your approach to script writing. Producers, agents and managers most likely have already ready your screen plays…

Pitching Yourself For Representation


Pilar Alessandra discusses the key strategies of a pitch meeting for writers. There is a difference between pitching a particular project versus pitching yourself for representation. In the former case, they may purchase/option your script and hire other writers. In the latter, they are looking for a potential long term business relationship with you. There…

The Dos and Do Not Dos Of TV Pitching


Voyage Media has some golden rules for pitching networks: 1) DO COMMIT You can’t sell something that’s only halfway there. Invest the needed time and money to let them know you take your work seriously and you’re not messing around.  Go big or go home! 2) DON’T WAIT TV Pilot season is peaking a little…

One Minute Pitch


Pilar Alessandra, issues a brief template of a rapid pitch. LOG LINE What if _______________? (premise) PLOT SUMMARY (Title of script) is a (specific genre) ,  in the vein of (similar film). It follows (main character) and (supporting character)  as they _______________________________________. (second act activity) Problems occur when ____________________________. (complication) Now they must ______________________! (third act…