How to Pitch Your Film Like a Pro
Thousands of scripts are being written every month and submitted and pitched to the studios. Sadly, most of them join an ever-increasing pile of rejected scripts after the pitching process. So, what can one do while pitching a film to the studio executives that will help them to get their project chosen?
Start with a theme: This will probably be the first question you’d need to answer, ‘what’s your film about?’ Do not confuse this with a film’s logline. A logline is what happens in the movie, not what it’s about. And the reason why you should start with a theme is that it has a better chance of showing the personality and emotion of a story and your audience is more likely to engage with it.
The One-Two Punch: After you grab attention with the theme, it’s time to unleash the one-two punch, which is the title of the film and its logline. The title of the film is clever, straightforward, and concisely describes what the film is about. Then comes the logline, which will condense the entire story into one or two sentences. This creates a mental image of the film and gives an idea about the potential audience.
After you grab attention with the theme, it’s time to unleash the one-two punch, which is the title of the film and its logline.
Have a Summary: This is a collection of everything you know and have planned about the project. Starting with the project overview, synopsis, key cast, and moving to sales strategy, budget, and a concept trailer, this part of the pitching process is the most essential, and there is a ton of pre-production that needs to be done before you enter the room to pitch.
Flaunt: This is an entertainment industry, and to make people believe in your project, you need to flaunt your story, cast, and sales estimates. The studios need to be convinced that your project can produce a return of investment.
As a last tip, remember that the presenter of the pitch is important as well. Prepare your lines, sound exciting and engaging, make your pitch seem like a movie scene you have written.
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