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Pitching Movie Ideas to Studios

I’m preparing to pitch some film ideas and I am making notes from tips I find online:

• A pitch is a short summary of situation and plot points that convey a strong unique idea called a “high concept”.

• The pitch should be no more than 15 minutes long and cover the main concept, story and the characters.

• Don’t talk too much about dramatic details like character feelings and interactions.

• Pitch the main concept, major plot points, primary characters and any twists, just like a movie trailer would.

• Movie structure in Hollywood generally has three acts within a film, so learn the format and present your pitch accordingly.

• Write the pitch out and then learn it by memory. Make sure you know the complete story behind each of your characters and plot ideas – be prepared to answer in-depth questions!

• Use an industry directory like IMDB to locate production company and film studio contacts. Send them an inquiry letter with a request to pitch them.

• You can also try to register at sites like Moviepitch.com and TVfilmrights.com to pitch written ideas online.

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