Movie pitching happens when a screenplay writer approaches his script for a feature film to a person or a group of people to help make it or finance it. These people can be executive producers, film distributors, producers or simple directors. The pitch for an indie movie can be of two different sorts- verbal and non-verbal. It usually consists of explaining them briefly the premise, characters, plot, and budget of the future independent feature film.
How to pitch for your upcoming independent film?
As I always say; “there is always a method to the madness”. In the hustle bustle of film festivals you have to plan your pitching so meticulously that you could be heard despite of being in that crowd. For that you need to write down your pitch fir
This is how you can really write your pitch:
- The title, logline, genre, and theme of the movie should all be included at the opening of your movie pitch.
- Write a synopsis of your indie movie. Without giving away the entire story, discuss the main plot of the story.
- Describe the main character, any antagonists, and any significant supporting characters that are crucial to the story.
- Discuss how the story concludes when your pitch comes to a close. You can also leave your audience with a cliffhanger, but make sure it leaves them wanting more information rather than confused or unsatisfying them.
That goes the writing part. Now that you have memorized it completely its time to pitch it in person.
Steps to pitch your indie movie
- Select the right people to pitch. Never attempt to schedule a meeting with a production company that solely produces horror movies if your script is a comedy.
- Attend top film festivals, or a film event basically any place where you can start networking. For more networking tips you can read How should a filmmaker do networking at a film festival?
- Plan your pitch. Starting at the beginning and working your way through the plot, keep your pitch to the essentials of your movie. Be careful not to go over the time provided to you.
- Be ready to respond to queries from your audience by being prepared ahead of time.
- Be confident in your script. Eevn best scripts gets rejected because of you were nervous during the pitch.
- Follow up. Some executives may take a few weeks, or even longer, to respond to your pitch. Make a nice follow-up email to folks you pitched to after roughly a month has elapsed.
- If you get a “no” after your first pitch, don’t take it too personally. You can always shop the idea around to other studios if one studio doesn’t work out. Don’t give up on your writing since you should believe in it.
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