|Top 10 Things To Know Before You Pitch|
by Laurie Scheer, Boot Camp Pitch Coach
1. KNOW YOUR STORY
Really know your story, don't read it from a typed or handwritten page.
2. KNOW IF YOUR STORY HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE
See every film in the genre you're working in.
3. KNOW HOW TO CREATE KILLER LOGLINES, SOLID HIGH CONCEPTS, AND SELLING SYNOPSES
Have the proper selling materials.
4. KNOW CLIMATE/TRENDS
Know the recent box office numbers and TV ratings.
Read a newspaper, e-newsletter, and/or industry trade paper every day.
6. KNOW WHERE TO GET INFO ABOUT THE INDUSTRY
Follow all the recent publications, websites, broadcast and cable shows.
7. REGISTER YOUR SCREENPLAY
Know WGA and Copyright procedures.
8. CORRECT FORMATTING
If you've got 3 brads instead of 2, you'll look like an idiot.
Know how to dress and present yourself in a professional manner.
10. BE A PLAYER
Welcome to the industry, let's make some money.