Learn how to pitch concisely and effectively, guided by a writer whose pitches have prompted bidding wars.
Oct 12, 2019 - Oct 13, 2019
Workshop Fee: 450
Class Size: 14
Before a script or film can be sold, a buyer must be captivated and seduced into experiencing it. This often starts with one expertly crafted line. Sometimes all you get is a minute – or even thirty seconds – to convince the buyer that their time will not be wasted in reading your script or seeing your film.
Learning to effectively distill the essence of an idea also helps a writer or filmmaker in sharpening and focusing the work itself. Students will learn how to develop a compelling log-line, how to develop a 5, 10 or 15 minute pitch, how to take control of a room, what to leave out of your pitch, how to anchor the idea in the context of the marketplace so the buyer can see how it can be sold, how to use visual aids, how to do both verbal and written pitches. They will also get to hear successful pitches and analyze why they worked.
Participants will have the opportunity to craft and revise a five minute pitch and pitch it to an instructor with a deep experience of the pitching process. In a collegial atmosphere, students will get feedback on what works and what doesn’t. They will have the opportunity to refine and polish their pitch by the end of the workshop.
While our focus will be on pitching for film and TV, the dynamics explored will also resonate for writers, journalists, producers, directors and executives in different mediums where pitching is a necessary skill.
Lunch each day is included. Lodging is available on campus $75/night, private room & bath.
Instructor: Wayne Beach
Wayne Beach has written screenplays for Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Sony, TNT, Wolf Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, and other studios and networks. He has developed projects for the makers of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Matrix, The Great Gatsby, Law & Order, House, Chicago P.D., and Ocean’s Eleven. His students have gone on to write hit films and TV shows.