Pitching, The Art of Not Striking Out

Published on: October 8, 2015

Filled Under: Screenwriting, Thought Processes

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Have you received more bad news about your screenplay, maybe it didn’t even place in yet another screenwriting contest.  The problem could be with your Pitching.  Wait a minute, the judges are supposed to be reading your script, not listening to your pitches, so why does pitching matter – you may be asking.

It’s a valid question, but one that overlooks the bigger picture.  There is a process for writing that usually follows this template.

First, how do you come up with your ideas for a story? Most of the time something will happen – you’ll hear a funny or shocking story, perhaps you’ll see an event happen that get your gears turning or you’ll just come up with one of those “what-if” moments. The point is your ideas don’t just materialize out of nowhere.  There is an outside influence that starts the process for your next script.  Alan Ball came up with the idea for American Beauty when he saw a plastic bag floating on the wind, a scene that happens in the movie.

Second, how do you go about writing your script?  Some people write it from the story perspective; a beginning to end adventure story, for example.  Others have an idea for a great character and begin to develop a world around them so that the characters can reveal themselves as the story progresses.  This is the approach that gets the writing going from your brain to the page.

This isn’t to suggest that there is a right way, and a wrong way for you to go about your writing process. But, you need to realize that the end product needs to be something that you can deliver in a concise manner.  If you are too long winded setting up your story in your screenplay, then you probably will be in your pitch as well.

Next week, we’ll talk about the final aspects of pitching, and how it ties into your writing processes, and ultimately, your final, fantastic script!

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