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MCuk
06-09-2011, 01:35 PM
"I just secured the rights to a hot property and would love to hear your take on it".


What's the average length for a "take". Quick pitch/logline? Few lines synopsis?

Todd Karate
06-09-2011, 04:31 PM
Start small and build from there.

"I'd do something like Unforgiven; two old partners team up for one last job, but it turns out the killers are aliens." Or whatever the hell.

If they bite, keep working. Expand to a few paragraphs or a page or two.

If they hate it, start over.

I've made the mistake once too many times of creating elaborate, 5 page/20 minutes pitches built around a central conceit the people just don't like.

reddery
06-10-2011, 11:05 AM
I've heard this from agents-that if you have a commodity-you should put that in the forward, i.e. something that is based on a best selling novel ***...

Could be something like; this is based on Interviews with General Petraeus, about the war in Middle East.

I would start with that as a teaser and then move onto Premise(paragraph), containing the main characters and revelations...

MCuk
06-12-2011, 02:34 PM
Thanks guys. It's multiple takes on multiple properties in a single PDF file. I went with a title, genres, in the vein of, and a logline + synopsis. I can't pitch face-to-face, or on the phone, so I am a disadvantage to playing against their emotions. It's all a toss up.