It’s not those with the best movie idea.
It’s not the ones with the greatest script either, nor those with the most writing experience.
The ones who get their movies made are those who can make people believe they have the best movie idea, the greatest script and the right experience.
This means that much like your resume, you’ll have to change your story depending on who you’re talking to.
The investor with spare cash wants to hear a different story from the arty-farty airy-fairy government film development agent.
It doesn’t stop with telling a great story in your screenplay.
Once you have told that story, you need to start telling/selling another one.
Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplay at age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in acquisition, development and production. He has trained students worldwide, and worked with half a dozen Academy Award nominees. Karel speaks more European languages than you have fingers on your left hand, which he is still trying to find a use for in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. The languages, not the fingers.
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This begs the question “How do I pitch successfully?”
And the best way to convince someone that you have the best movie idea is to have it.
Frances, I have two resources for you. One is a post on preparing your story idea & pitch (from my own blog) and the second is a link to Michael Hauge’s “Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds”. Hope these are helpful to you!