This book explains the basics of pitching your screenplay to script execs and producers:
Pitch like a professional. Learn simple techniques for handling a pitching meeting - based on current industry practice.
Remove the fear. Effective mind tricks to calm your nerves about pitching.
Pitching as it really happens. Written from years of experience, this book shows you how to prepare for real world pitching meetings, and includes many practical tips and tricks from working screenwriters.
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PITCH WITHOUT FEAR
The idea of pitching makes a lot of writers nervous. In the book I explain a simple mind trick that can reframe the whole thing. Based on an everyday experience you will have had, this little change of attitude removes fear and makes the whole thing 100 times easier.
PITCH MEETINGS AS THEY REALLY ARE
I take you through a standard script meeting and explain to you what is likely to happen, and what is going on beneath the surface, and how you can approach the whole thing to make the most impact as quickly and as deftly as you can.
THE NITTY GRITTY DETAILS
Real, nuts and bolt details... including the three kinds of pitches you need to master... how much work you need to have done on your story before the meeting... how to structure your pitch, what you need to include, what you need to leave out...
KEEP YOU ON TARGET
...I show you what story elements you need to have worked out, and which it is probably safe to ignore until you are further down the line. I tell you what level of detail is good, and how you know when you are going wrong on that... and this is just the beginning!
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About the Author: Philip Gladwin
Philip has been a professional screenwriter and a script editor since 1995. He has written and edited scripts for some of the biggest broadcasters in Britain, (the BBC, ITV, BBC RADIO 4, STE in Ireland, plus a lot of the indies in the UK). He has written or script-edited over 70 episodes of broadcast TV. In the last two decades he has made - and listened to - thousands of pitches.
"I think I'm in a comparatively rare position of having many years' experience as both a screenwriter and a senior editor (most recently Head of Development for a major London indie). This means I know very well what it feels like on both sides of the fence. The obstacles that new writers trip over have become increasingly clear over this time, and I have written this book to address this.
But, just so you don't think it's just my take on the thing, I include lots of real pitching anecdotes and tips from professional writers I know. I call them 'Tales From The Frontline'. Some of these tales are funny, some are scary, some reinforce the fact that pitching is always going to have an element of luck.
All of them are real life industry pitching stories. They're a little education all on their own, and read together with my detailed instructions, they give you the widest possible current perspective on the thorny old problem of how exactly do you get people to read your script?"