Most Important Things
Know and understand who you're pitching and querying to.
- AGENTS -- want to make money -- lots of money.
- MANAGERS -- want to be producers -- they take an active part in developing you as a writer.
- PRODUCERS -- want to get movies made.
- STUDIO EXECUTIVES -- don't want to get fired.
- ASSISTANTS -- want promotion.
- LAWYERS -- want to argue, I'm sure the money's a bonus as well.
- TALENT -- Actors want to stay exactly where they are.
- READERS -- want to be writers -- as writers, you need to take away the reasons for them to say NO!
Writers earn a living by writing.
- Majority of work through assignments.
- Assignments gained through reputation for great creative delivery.
- Need an AMAZING SAMPLE.
- That SAMPLE SHOULD BE A SPEC.
- Well written, story told well.
- Selling it is a bonus.
As a writer you should be easy to work with.
And have excellent ideas for projects.
PURPOSE OF PITCH
To make the person you're pitching to say:
"I have to READ/BUY that!"
Using as few words as possible.
CONFLICT most important component of STORY.
CONCEPT and PREMISE
Concept = BIG IDEA
Premise = The way into the BIG IDEA.
Ideally the story needs to be:
- FOUR QUADRANT
- HIGH CONCEPT -- Easy to get/sell
- A huge event -- TENT POLE -- SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER
A Good logline:
Captures the most interesting ideas in the story within one or two sentences.
Gives us a clear idea of character, tone and stakes.
Two vital parts
The BUT and the MUST.
GIVES US A
A (CHARACTER) sets out to (ACHIEVE A GOAL), but (RUNS INTO AN UNEXPECTED & SOMETIMES IRONIC OBSTACLE) and must (GROW IN A WAY TO TRIUMPH OR FACE CERTAIN DOOM).
Is this something other people want to see?
Is this something I can write the hell out of?
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO WORK THE ASSISTANTS
Find out who writes like/similar to you?
Actually do a proper letter rather than email.
- Polite opening
- A paragraph about who you are.
- Past accomplishments
- What you're currently working on.
- What projects are you finishing next.