There are lots of things you can say in a pitch meeting that can make you look like a rookie, reduce your chances of success, or break the deal entirely. I’ve covered most of them here, here, and here.
There are ways to get a movie made or book published about your autobiography. However, it’s an uphill battle. Let me share some tactics you can use when pitching your autobiography or memoir.
One of the things writers tell me frequently is, “I just want to see how ‘real’ writers pitch to ‘real’ producers.” On November 9th, this will be possible and you are invited.
Stupid movie executives purchase bad screenplays, make them worse using Blake Snyder’s storytelling formula, and as a result Hollywood produces bad movies full of explosions instead of non-formulaic, original films like The King’s Speech…. Right?
In a recent article in Slate, Peter Suderman complains about Hollywood movies and how they’ve become more formulaic and, as a result, worse. His argument is that Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat structure is part of the problem. Suderman’s article is well-written, and his perspective is shared by many. But, in my opinion, he’s putting the blame in the wrong place.
Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina are two of the busiest producers in reality TV. They have several shows on the air (including Caged, Commercial Kings) and not only are they sharing their experience in this interview to help up-and-coming reality TV producers, they are actively seeking partners for new reality TV projects. If you have an idea for a reality TV project that you think might be right for Joke and Biagio, check out their blog at Producing Unscripted…. after you read this interview. Otherwise you won’t know the magic words to use when pitching them.
Do you have an idea for a movie or TV show? Are you worried about someone stealing your idea? Let’s talk about how to copyright your ideas, because there are times when you absolutely must protect yourself.
Sheri Candler is the Director of Digital Marketing Strategy for The Film Collaborative and an independent consultant. She regularly advises filmmakers on using online content marketing tools such as social networking, podcasts, blogs, and online video dissemination. Her goals are to help filmmakers build relationships with organizations and influencers, develop an engaged and robust audience for their work, and grow and sustain their careers.
Just wanted to let you know that I’ll be taking a few weeks to make some important changes to the blog behind the scenes, e.g., moving hosts and adding some pages.