First impressions count, even more so when your film’s involved. The pitch is an essential tool of your filmmaking armoury, that’s why we’ve set up a special, fun task that will get your pitching muscle primed.
According to Max Sobol in his special filmmaker’s guide to preparedness for his trip to the Berlin film festival, you need your 25 word pitch.
“Often a little trite,” he says of the sentence, “but it’s essential as a hook to get people listening to you about your project. You’ll also meet a lot of people who say, ‘So, what are you doing here?’ and if you end up boring the arse off them with a sprawling convoltuted rant it’ll demoralise you to the point you want to give up before you’ve bumped into Harvey Weinstein in a strip club in Kreuzberg.
“My quick pitch is: ‘A stranded Russian sailor falls in love with a sleepwalking widow’. Okay, so that’s 11 words and you might think it sounds rubbish -but the point is; short and succinct.”
We won’t confine you to 25 words, but we are calling for your 60 Second Pitch.
Call the answerphone number 01626 818 464 and work up your pitch. Remember this is for fun, don’t use up your best idea, because we’re not going to make any of these. Pitch the film that will never be made, but be convincing and learn to get your patter down pat.
Meanwhile, if you’ve got any tips on how to pitch, phone then in on the same number, or drop us a line.
Now we’re going to practice sounding convincing about our story of a zombie terrorist and a musical high-school cheerleader who fall in love…
posted by Cptn
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