What Is The Difference Between How Hollywood Pros And Up-And-Comers Pitch?

There are very few differences between how established writers and aspiring writers pitch.

The pros have many of the same problems as everyone else.

Most importantly, the more original their idea is, the harder it is to demonstrate that it could work.

Here are eight articles and videos about pitching studio films, independent films, and TV shows from some of the best people in the business:

Does anything from these articles or videos stand out to you?  Let me know in the comments.

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Discussion About What Is The Difference Between How Hollywood Pros And Up-And-Comers Pitch?

  1. John W. Bosley

    Here’s some questions for you: There are thousands of film festivals held around the country and beyond, what do you find valueable about the Austin Film Festival that you would pick to attend that one? Do you feel that festivals are a good outlet for filmmakers? Many indie filmmakers are turning away from festivals all together. From the perspective of a former executive, did you ever pay attention to what was going on at the festivals when you were working for MGM? Isn’t the independent film world and the studio world basically now two seperate worlds that really don’t intermingle on a business level?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      John, these are really good questions–you’ve inspired me to write a post specifically about the pros and cons of attending festivals. But briefly, I think highly of AFF because it has the highest number of currently working writers on the panels, and I think festivals are a good way for up-and-coming writers to network and practice how they pitch their projects and present themselves.

      • John W. Bosley

        Thanks Stephanie. A lot of us filmmakers have been debating this question for a number of years. Will look forward to your blog post on it. I have actually been debating whether to even submit my current feature to a festival or to bypass them all together.

  2. Michael Rodriguez

    Rowan Joffe’s video stands out for me. He gives the perfect quote about pitching, “if you can’t pitch, you can’t write.” Joffe’s used the example that the pitch is like telling a joke at a pub, to a bunch of strangers, and you delivered a good joke and a good punchline to get the audience interested in your joke/pitch. He does fantastic job explaining of how importance the pitch is because it goes before the screenplay and before the treatment. The pitch is the baseline and the reference point, in creating an excellent story/novel/screenplay.

  3. Chase McFadden

    Hi, Stephanie. Thanks for what you offer on your site. I take some piece away from each emailed post I receive, and this one is no exception. As soon as I saw the link to the Dana Fox interview and her new show Ben and Kate, I had to read it. I love the show, and its tone is very similar to the sitcom I’m writing. I was particularly interested in Dana describing her merging of autobiographical elements of her life into a fictionalized concept, and how she wanted her child character to be a child rather than a child with a 35-year-old’s wit and intellect. I wouldn’t have come across this interview on my own, so thanks for finding it for your readers and sharing it with us. Hope you have a terrific time in Austin!

  4. Brian Kamei

    Thank you very much for these great links Stephanie! I always learn new things on your site. I’m preparing for AFM and hearing Cinco and Ken’s “just relax and act like you don’t care” advice is just what I’ve been thinking, this is an opportunity, but not a ‘make or break moment’. They helped the mentality sink in and now I’m ready. Keep up the great work!