You are a wannabe producer trying to pitch a movie to 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros or New Line Cinema. Will you be able to sell them your idea?
Now that the draft has finally concluded, we can talk more about the next step which is possibly even more exciting and fun: Pitching your movie with the cast you assembled. All 27 participants are invited to pitch their movie in the form of a blogathon. You will be given the opportunity to do so either on your blog or as a guest blogger here on Anomalous Material. The movie pitches will be rolled out progressively (one a day) starting MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2010. This will give you more than one full week to come up with your movie idea and pitch.
What to do Before Pitching a Movie
- You should immediately develop the basic idea, the logline for your movie: The logline is one or two sentence that summarize the concept of your movie. For example: “Are you interested in a story about a man who lives in the Statue of Liberty?” (A real and successful logline)
- You should have a firm grasp of your main characters and their roles in the story
- You should be able to explain why so and so is going to play so and so
- You should begin to develop some basic outline or treatment for your story
A treatment includes the theme of the film, its plot, the characters and their story arcs, the key sequences and their purpose within the plot and theme, and the temporal structure of the film. If you don’t have a story, you don’t have a movie!
How to Pitch your Movie
Think about a time a friend asked you about a movie and you described it to him/her, this is pitching a movie! Put in as little or as much time and effort as you would like to put into this since we are doing this for fun only. The minimum required that will be expected are:
- A title and a logline: The 1 or 2 sentences that captures the concept of your film. For example:
“This is the story about a man who tries to buy everything in the world, only for him to discover that he can’t buy back his lost childhood. (Citizen Kane)
- A quick 2 or 3-sentence description that gives some background about the movie you are pitching: The genre, the premise and the scope of your film
- A summary: the theme, the plot, the main characters, their goals, the conflict, what’s at risk and why should we care, any pivotal events or emotional turning points, and the conclusion.
- What makes your story unique?
- Answer questions as they come
You can be as creative as you would like (use pictures, movie stills, photoshop, create videos or movie posters etc…). I really hope everyone has a great time coming up with their movie pitch as well as reading some creative and fun content from fellow bloggers. Remember that you are trying to convince us that your movie is worth being made! There will be polls as to which pitch is the best, as well as a bunch of fake awards to be distributed!
Example of Successful Movie Pitches
To give you an idea of what a movie pitch is, here is an example below. Obviously, this is much lengthier than most of us are going to do but it’s nice to see what it is like.
- You do not have to use all the people you drafted
- Book adaptations are acceptable
- If you did not participate in the draft but would like to pitch a movie idea, let me know in the comments
It seems like some of you are farther along your movie pitch than others so I would like those of you who are (almost) ready to pitch your movie first. Sign up for the dates below:
- Monday, August 30: Andrew R.
- Tuesday, August 31: Anna
- Wednesday, September 1: Novroz
- Thursday, September 2: Kai
- Friday, September 3: Peter
- Saturday, September 4: Marc
- Sunday, September 5: Ruth
- Monday, September 6: Castor
- Tuesday, September 7: Heather
- Wednesday, September 8: Travis
- Thursday, September 9: Andrew K.
- Friday, September 10: Ripley
- Saturday, September 11: Joel
- Sunday, September 12: Corey
- Monday, September 13: Dan
- Tuesday, September 14: Clara
- Wednesday, September 15: Nicholas
- Thursday, September 16: This Guy
- Friday, September 17: CS
- Saturday, September 18: Richard
- Sunday, September 19: Chris
- Monday, September 20: Fitz
- Tuesday, September 21: Michael
- Wednesday, September 22: Red
- Thursday, September 23: Julian Castor (Pitch 2)
- Friday, September 24: Neon
- Saturday, September 25: ACPG
Ask me in the comments!
- How To Pitch (The Artful Writer)