Still, for the new screenwriter strategizing to connect and submit their scripts and pitch treatments, the path to getting a series produced, or even knowing how to pitch a TV show, can be a complicated challenge. At the TV Writers Vault we provide resources and insight from the many TV executives and producers who use our platform to discover new talent and buy pilot scripts and ideas pitched in our marketplace. We share this article to increase your odds of success when crafting your ideas and writing scripts for new TV series. And we even have a bit of strategic advice for those wanting to pitch a script to Netflix.
Seven of my students attended this year. I helped them organize their pitches for the hundred plus producers, agents, managers and studio representatives who were attending.
TGAP really is an amazing resource, and writers do get deals. This year, all seven students received requests for their material. Because one student pitched the concept so well, he was asked for a treatment of his unwritten screenplay by eleven production companies!
Another student and I had to do a final revision on a screenplay, because an agent wanted to take it to a producer who was looking for this type of story! These exciting connections are the result of hard work, dedication, and the willingness to put yourself out there.
However, as we all know, you have to let people know what you got before they will read to find out how good your stuff is. The sad truth is you only get one shot, and any failure follows you forward: Pitching and talented writing do not always go together.
Part of my job as a teacher and coach is to help my students prepare their pitches, so I thought it would be helpful to share the five basic principles I teach my students when they are preparing to pitch. A misconception is that you must launch into your story like a crazed used-car salesman talking at 90 miles an hour.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, most producers and agents are looking for a calm, likeable person who is in control of his or her material.
Along with listening to your pitch they are thinking about what it will be like working with you. Write a one-paragraph synopsis of your story, covering the events in the first act, and summarizing the rest of the story.
Always begin with a sentence that creates the context and identifies the genre. Ask a friend if you can practice on them. Using a timer set for 5 minutes, tell them your story in a relaxed conversational way. You will know immediately if they are responding. Ask them when they connected with your story, and if they sincerely wanted to know more.
Use this feedback to refine your pitch. Practice on anyone who will listen until you get the response you want.
Then commit to pitching it this way when you are in front of a professional. Have more than one project to pitch. This is not as important with a producer or studio because they work on one project at a time, but managers and agents want to be able to sell a writer not just one story.
Remember that writers write and you must be a prolific storyteller if you want a long-term career. Make a list of all the story ideas you have.
Try for five you think you could write with a minimum of research. Talk to three colleagues or friends and try the ideas out on them. Write them down using the paragraph formula from Exercise 1. From here, try to write a longer outline or treatment that goes from beginning or end. Movie Outline is a really great screenwriting software program and excellent for this kind of linear development.
This does not mean writing well — this means conceiving stories that others will want to see.
When I coach privately, I prefer to have a writer come before he or she is written so that we can shape the idea properly before the writing process begins.
Look at your current project and ask yourself: Find a couple of movies or TV shows your idea is similar to. Look on the IMDB and other places where the story is summarized.
To summarize, while there are many ways to pitch, these three secrets have helped many students to get the work the attention it deserves.
I hope they can help you as well.Learn how to write a logline that captures both the hook and the genre experience of your screenplay, and then make some new friends and practice your pitching skills at our free pitch party immediately afterwards. That material may come in the form of an idea for a TV show delivered as a written pitch treatment (detailed pitch overview), a pilot script, a book for adaptation (still requiring a treatment) pitch, or a true story that may be developed as the basis for series/5(12).
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