How To Pitch A Movie

Everyone has an idea for a movie but not everyone knows how to pitch a movie to Hollywood. Pitching a movie to Hollywood is tough business. The meeting may last an hour but the actual pitch lasts for no more than a half hour or so; therefore, it's best to know what is expected of you and use your time wisely.

Things you need:

  • Movie idea
  • Screenplay/treatment
  1. Hook 'em with your pitch. Shakespeare was right when he wrote "Brevity is the soul of wit" because it is exactly what is to be expected of you in your pitch meeting. Some pitches begin with a one-sentence pitch, which oftentimes spells "money" for the people are you are pitching to. This one-sentence pitch is usually made up of combining the concept of one or two well-known films in order to describe your film. Some famous pitches have included, "Jaws in space" for Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979) and "Romeo and Juliet on the Titanic" for James Cameron's "Titanic" (1998). If you do not have a one-sentence pitch, it's okay. Hook them with your story instead.
  2. Pitch your three acts (beginning, middle and end) of your idea. You have to know the protagonist(s) and the antagonist(s) and map out how they journey through your story. What the head-honchos of Hollywood will be looking for here while they're listening to you is enthusiasm, passion and vision. If you have these three characteristics, chances are they may want to keep hearing you because you project an interesting point of view and personae.
  3. Provide screenplay/treatment of your idea. After the pitch is over, it is generally assumed you have either a screenplay or a treatment for your idea so that the agents, producers, directors, managers, actors, etc. have something substantial to look over once the meeting is over.

The best thing to do in order to prepare for your pitch is to practice. Practice until you think you're good to go, but don't stress over it. This is your first pitch and if you don't seal the deal this time, try again. Soon enough, you'll be closing a deal and seeing your movie on the big screen!

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