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Pitch Meetup

  • 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:

http://www.sydfield.com/featured_theartofpitching.htm

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/preparing-to-pitch-your-screenplay-to-a-studio.html

http://www.scriptologist.com/Magazine/Tips/Pitch/pitch.html

http://filmmakermagazine.com/42999-top-10-pitching-tips-from-script-to-screen/

http://www.writerdirector.com/2011/01/screenwriting-pitchfest-tips/

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  • Veleka G.

    Astride did a superb job of making the meeting interesting and fun. I got a lot out of it.

    February 23, 2013

    • Lynn

      Thanks for showing up. I would have been there if someone hadn't been screwing with my bank account. Had to get THAT stopped.

      February 23, 2013

  • Lynn

    MIGHT have one other person .. not sure. I had something come up. An emergency, so if I'm there at all tonight, might be late. Sorry .... someone hacked into my bank account and had to deal with it!

    February 22, 2013

    • Astride

      No Prob Lynn--- I hope you figured everything out. Thanks for the update.

      February 23, 2013

    • Lynn

      I did. It appears that someone got on a 1-888 number and called some pay service and ran up a HUGE bill. It looks like it was done from Washington State ... and I'm here. I was also on set when it was done so I know it wasn't something I did, then forgot about ... it was wierd. I have to wait until it posts to do anything about it though. Need the transactions number, etc. to challenge it. Sounds like it was a GREAT meetup. I put you in there as a leader because I sensed the ability when we met. Can't really explain ... I just somehow knew.

      February 23, 2013

  • Astride

    Thanks to everyone who showed up at the meetup tonight-- it was a great discussion.

    1 · February 22, 2013

  • Astride

    Okay, so I've opened up the meeting to more people-- and we'll just break into two groups.

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Veleka G.

    Re the waiting list, a larger place would let everyone come. The Piccadilly on Clearview has two free rooms. Same deal that you order coffee or whatever.

    February 16, 2013

    • Veleka G.

      I would love to come, if others are in agreement.

      February 17, 2013

    • Veleka G.

      I need pitch practice more than anything!

      February 17, 2013

  • Lynn

    So far, only twelve people have signed up for this. Good idea for a future meetup though. I'd like to see people "table read" scripts written by members of the group. Like short sections. I've got one I"m about ten pages into. That thing about the newspaper photographer I probably mentioned to you. It's gradually growing up into a real honest to god screenplay :)

    February 17, 2013

    • Astride

      hi Lynn-- I only opened the meetup for 12 people, so we can hear everyone's pitch and follow it up with comments and questions. However, your table-read idea sounds like a good one. We should do it.

      February 17, 2013

  • Astride

    Hey you guys-- I was thinking we should also start off with a logline. Summing up your story in one interesting sentence. Here's a link I found that covers the topic and a few other things: http://www.scriptforsale.com/articles/gary.htm.

    1 · January 20, 2013

    • Veleka G.

      Hal Croasmun is my teacher! I just started another class with him today.

      February 16, 2013

  • Astride

    Hey you guys--- I'm trying to decide on where we'll have this meeting and I have two places in mind. 1) The Columns Hotel (Uptown)-- I have my monthly book club meeting there and there's actually a nice little parlor we could use. The only thing would be that most of you would probably have to buy a drink. However, if you get there a few minutes before 7, you can get some great deals at happy hour. But even a bottle of water or coffee would be sufficient. 2)The Community Coffee in Mid-city-- they have a nice conference room which would work well. Again, purchasing a coffee or bottle of water would be nice. Please let me know if you have a preference. Personally-- The Columns is more convenient for me, but I'm willing to go to Mid-City if it's more convenient for the majority of you.

    January 21, 2013

    • Lynn

      I don't have a problem with that personally. Can't speak for others though. I had thought the Columns would be quite a bit more because hotels often are. Sounds like they're reasonable. I did not know Community Coffee charged for a room for paying customers. PJ's I know charges fifty bucks or something like that for their room for like four hours or something like that. Smart decision on your part. See you there ....

      January 22, 2013

    • Veleka G.

      Astride and Lynn, the Shoney's on Veterans has a room where there is no charge.

      February 16, 2013

  • Veleka G.

    So glad there is an event on a night I'm not teaching!

    February 16, 2013

  • Astride

    I found this really interesting article on pitching. It's really different from what I've read in the past-- but definitely worth consideration. It's also worth keeping in mind that the source is someone who's already well-established and most likely doesn't have to work as hard to sell an idea

    http://www.writersstore.com/how-to-get-em-to-read-your-script/

    1 · January 22, 2013

  • Astride

    For those of you who don't own The Screenwriters Bible-- I highly recommend it. It’s a great reference book and it also has a section on loglines.

    January 20, 2013

  • Lynn

    Thanks. I may do the same thing for the writer/directors among us, but I had not thought about pitching being a skill. Guess it is. Anyhow, see you then unless my employment conflicts. Have a great week.

    January 18, 2013

  • Lynn

    MIGHT have one other person .. not sure.

    January 18, 2013

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