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Old 05-02-2011, 07:30 AM   #1
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I just had a company request a script summary and a pitch document. Does anyone know what a "Pitch Document" is?

Thanks.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:55 AM   #2
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my guess is anything you have to support your project. ie - movie poster or dvd cover image, short trailer, or attachments, etc...
check this out: http://www.moviehatch.com/index.php/...re-movies.html
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:23 AM   #3
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Thanks. It makes sense.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:57 AM   #4
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Is this a film or TV show? A request for a "pitch document" is usually just that, a pitch of the property in typed form. Admittedly, it would be odd for this to be a feature with an existing script and for them to be requesting such a thing...
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:04 AM   #5
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It's whatever you make of it.

And it sucks.

I advise this structure...

1. Tone "this movie will have a tone similar to (name sample movies). The tone is awesome because (say why it's awesome)."

2. Logline or story summary. Should be a bit longer than a traditional logline so that you can get in A) what's gonna happen, B) who it's gonna happen to, C) why it's emotionally compelling. NOTE: Doesn't have to be in that order.

3. Short character summaries. Make your characters sound awesome, write down the compelling emotional elements of what happens to them in this story. Do NOT write it in detail. You can say sh!t like, "Luke Skywalker is fundementally a farm boy who has to take on the entire empire, so he doubts himself. And if he caves under pressure, he'll lose his girl and the universe too. Subciosciously he's never believed in his abilities and this story has him confront that insecurity head on. On top of that, he'll discover the man he's trying to kill is his father"

The character summaries should be a short-cut to what's gonna be compelling about your broader document so that you don't ever get bogged down in detail.

4. Then the longer story/plot summary. The shorter the better. (mine are usually 2 or 3pgs.)

I try to keep these things around 4pgs total. Because they're compartmentalized it's usually an effective way to cover more ground.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:37 AM   #6
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Great approach, BDZ.

Documents that aren't actual screenplay pages always trip me up.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:31 PM   #7
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It's whatever you make of it.

And it sucks.

I advise this structure...

1. Tone "this movie will have a tone similar to (name sample movies). The tone is awesome because (say why it's awesome)."

2. Logline or story summary. Should be a bit longer than a traditional logline so that you can get in A) what's gonna happen, B) who it's gonna happen to, C) why it's emotionally compelling. NOTE: Doesn't have to be in that order.

3. Short character summaries. Make your characters sound awesome, write down the compelling emotional elements of what happens to them in this story. Do NOT write it in detail. You can say sh!t like, "Luke Skywalker is fundementally a farm boy who has to take on the entire empire, so he doubts himself. And if he caves under pressure, he'll lose his girl and the universe too. Subciosciously he's never believed in his abilities and this story has him confront that insecurity head on. On top of that, he'll discover the man he's trying to kill is his father"

The character summaries should be a short-cut to what's gonna be compelling about your broader document so that you don't ever get bogged down in detail.

4. Then the longer story/plot summary. The shorter the better. (mine are usually 2 or 3pgs.)

I try to keep these things around 4pgs total. Because they're compartmentalized it's usually an effective way to cover more ground.
Hey BDZ --

Do you use this pitch doc template as a template for your verbal pitch as well?
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:53 PM   #8
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Great advice from BDZ, as usual. Keep it to five pages or less. 3 or 4 is ideal.

Written pitches are far more difficult than ones you deliver in person. You have to convey all your excitement and energy into those few pages and present a solid, leak-proof case. Everything you write can and will be interpreted differently by different people, so you have to be clear and concise. The worst part is you're handing over your entire pitch in detail which can be read over and over again, pondered over, discussed at length, and every point decided upon without any further input from you. A mis-step can mean disaster, just as a really well-written pitch can be a big boost for you.

Not trying to scare you or anything, especially if you're being asked for one. I'm just sharing what I've learned, having gone through this a couple of times already. A few execs pointed out how difficult written pitches can be and it's true. I'd much rather stand up and deliver my pitch instead of agonizing over perfecting every word, but sometimes that's the only choice.

Good luck with yours!
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:15 PM   #9
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Thanks for the information. It's a feature. We never had anyone ask for this before.
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Old 05-03-2011, 11:27 PM   #10
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Hey BDZ --

Do you use this pitch doc template as a template for your verbal pitch as well?
No, verbals are totally different for me.

Pitch docs are fvcked because, obviously, you can't adjust or use personality. In a verbal if someone is confused you can fix it on the spot, with docs you have to be clear which often = boring.
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