I don’t understand, in the slightest, all this emphasis in the “I want to learn to write screenplays” universe on pitching. What is that about?
Why do people want to pitch?
Why do people think they need to learn to pitch?
I know why people who wanna be writers think they need to learn to pitch… it’s because people make money TEACHING them to pitch.
You are not going to pitch.
Not to someone who might be able to BUY a pitch.
I’ve had three movies made. I’ve sold pitches. I can get my agent to set a meeting and go in an pitch something. Big deal. Like they’re going to buy a pitch from me. I don’t know Harrison Ford. I’m not going in to sell a piece of material with Will Ferrell attached… so there’s zero chance they’re going to buy something from me. The business is HORRIBLE now and they’re only buying pitches from HUGE writers with HUGE ATTACHMENTS.
I did sell a pitch a year ago, but that was based on a true story and we had the life rights and a book.
But I can’t sell just a story pitch these days. I’m not Jay Roach.
And neither are you.
So the thought that someone out there who has not even written a screenplay is going to ever be allowed to pitch to someone who has the ooomph to even say “Maybe” is ridiculous. If they know your work and love it to pieces, you can come in and pitch.
Is it because people are lazy? Is it because they want to sell an idea and not take the time to do the hard work of writing a whole screenplay? Get real.
You are not going to be pitching anything to anybody real until you’ve got some real work under your belt.
It’s silly to conceive of anything else.