5 Tips to a Pitch Better
So while preparing for the pitch pit event later this month we've done a bunch of research on making a pitch better and also talked with some people that have experience pitching in different situations. That being said, not all pitches are the same, some of the tips below may or may not help you make your pitch better, but hopefully one or two of these tips will help you out.
If you would like to pitch or just attend this event check out the pitch pit post
1) Know your hand.
If you have an actor and a high-level concept, you don't need much more. "I have Sam Jackson and it's about Snakes on a Plane." Though most would argue it shouldn't happen, someone's going to make that movie from hearing that sentence. It's not the way artists want the world to work. But it does. Use talent as leverage if you can.
More likely, if you don't have eye-opening talent, do more...
Talk more about your inspiration than you do a script, a scene, etc. Why you wrote it is more important than what you wrote. People connect with stories. So when you tell the story about your dad being weird at the pool when you were a kid (inspiring the hilarious scene you're pitching), the other side of the table will connect.
3)Have Developed Character
One this you see a lot of people will have a great story but don't develop their character. These are the people that are going to lead you through the story. Make them human. Give people a reason to love, hate, love to hate them. And most importantly give them personality, there is nothing worse than a drab lead character leading you through a story.
4)Get them talking.
Yes, you're the presenter. But ask questions. Get them involved. Our society is no longer tell/listen. It's interactive. Engage them.
5)Don't talk yourself into a no.
This is a mistake made more often in film than any other "pitch" scenario. If you get someone on the hook, let them lead the conversation. Generally, more information given to execs, studios, etc. is just more things that they'll worry about.
We want to thank Lanny Fuller for his tips, you can find out more about him at his blog