Feb 22, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Whether you're talking to a producer, agent, investor, or perhaps trying to convince that wonderful actor why your movie is worth taking a lower pay---mastering the art of pitching is crucial to making things happen.
Therefore I think we should have a pitch meetup which would work similar to a toastmaster meeting. All participants need to come prepared to pitch a story idea. Perhaps you need to get ready for an upcoming meeting at Fox Searchlight, or maybe you’re just toying with an idea—either way, we can help each other strengthen our presentation and public speaking skills by giving peer evaluation.
The only requirement I will ask is that you come prepared--- YOU MUST HAVE A PITCH. The pitch should not be longer than 3 minutes. Time yourself. Please make some sort of effort to have something that is well thought out and organized. That being said—your pitch doesn’t have to be perfect – the point of the meeting is to help make your pitch stronger. Some of you might not be comfortable with public speaking and that’s okay. I definitely want this to be a safe environment for all levels of public speakers.
Depending on how well this first meetup goes, we can perhaps make this a regular monthly meeting.
I’m going to keep this first meetup small so that we can have plenty of time to hear every one’s pitch and talk about it. If you RSVP and it turns out you can’t make it, please be considerate and cancel so that someone else can sign up.
It’d also be great if all participants could do some research on pitching. The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier has an elaborate section on pitching. You can also check out a few of the links below, but if you google it, you’ll find plenty more: