It has been said of the performance arts that nowhere else is there a greater gulf between an idea and that idea coming to fruition on the stage or on the screen.
There are so many elements involved in communicating a vision, and financial considerations are a key consideration. Why would a studio executive place a bet on a particular screenplay?
Selling a story is no different than selling any business idea. Hollywood writers just happen to have a unique gift for pitching their stories. Storytelling, after all, is their business. So what are the elements of a successful Hollywood pitch that anyone can learn from?
In today's lesson, Emmy Award winner Danny Strong describes the arsenal that he brought to a 35-minute presentation that resulted in his first successful pitch as a screenwriter.