When you pitch a movie, there are certain key points you should keep in mind. Here at Greenlightmymovie, we call them the Dos & Don’ts of Pitching but you can just refer to them as the best tips for a movie pitch.
1. DON’T “nut and bolt” the movie pitch (that’s pitching everything in the
movie). Keep it short. 5-7 minutes, tops.
2. DO make great eye contact with the camera.
3. DON’T use notes or read them the pitch.
4. DO begin with your logline, “This is a story about…”
5. DO “set the table” by also starting with the title, genre and theme.
6. DON’T cast your story, i.e., “This is a part for Tom Cruise…”
7. DO tell your story in the present tense…as if it’s all happening
8. DO break the narrative to focus on at least three set-pieces – scenes
your audience is going to remember.
9. DON’T spend time describing minutia — the kind of car the hero
drives, a character walking down a hall before entering a room, etc.
10. DON’T marry two movies (i.e., “It’s The Mummy meets The English
11. DO provide a specific ending to your story — remember, it’s all about the ending — and then wrap up with thematic closure. Reiterate what this movie has been about – what the “moral of the story” is, which is really a statement of your theme. (e.g., redemption, love, betrayal, family)
3-4 sentences describing your script or screenplay (preferably set pieces)
THEME (What is your story about?)