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Core Skill: Communicating Vision

The Big Idea for Friday, September 28, 2012

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. 


  1. 1 The Art of the Hollywood Pitch
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 The Secret to Smart Screenwriting
    Derek Haas
  3. 3 Entrepreneurs: When to Pitch Your Idea to Investors
    Big Think Editors IdeaFeed
  4. 4 How to Win Someone Over
    Peter Guber

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