Ty Budde interviews MGM executive Stephanie Palmer on the importance of a good pitch.
Thinking about the pitch is really thinking about how you can express the core idea clearly and concisely.
I think writers should be pitching and testing their ideas from the very beginning. Especially if your goal is to sell your work (either this screenplay or a future one), thinking about how you will be able to pitch the idea is essential.
This is one tactic that I’ve found most professional writers do, but most aspiring writers do not. It’s scary to put your idea out into the world and get feedback — but it’s also the best and fastest way to see if you have what you think you have.
Yes, exactly. In my experience, if someone has trouble pitching a screenplay, it almost always is because there is a flaw in the story.Wouldn’t you rather discover this early so you can fix it and not waste weeks, months or years working on something that is fundamentally flawed?
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