The main component of pitching is inviting a film investor inside the world of your script. When you hear a pitch you want to be transported into a world you have never witnessed or a perspective you never explored before. Not only do you have to paint a picture but your voices has to convey as certain conviction in what you are pitching and emotionally draw them in.

Now what are the supporting materials you need to further draw them in? A pitch deck, mood reel, and clever path to your audience.

A pitch deck is a visual overview of your film. It’s a compressed business plan combined with a lookbook. Within your pitch deck you should have proof of concept photography, concept art illustrations, vfx rendering, or any visual material that is relevant to your genre and script. This is an emotional visual medium and you have to exploit your pitch deck.

A mood reel is basically an inexpensive way to show how your film can look using previous footage from other films and condensing it to a small trailer. It sets a tone on the pacing of what your film should look and feel like. It’s a clever technique that filmmakers have used for years. If you can afford it you can shoot your own proof of concept scene or a series of scenes to make a small trailer.

Marketing research is assessment on how you think your film should be promoted and what platforms would work best for showcasing your film. It shows a level of maturity that your investors or donors will appreciate. Is your film geared more for a limited theatrical release or is self distribution via the internet a better choice?

It’s going to be the same pitching technique that is going to get you casting, key crew, and investors enthralled with your story. You want the pitch to linger for days.

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14 thoughts on “Inviting a film investor inside the world of your script

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    TSF Films

    Nice. Now how do you get the meeting?

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      Mr. Sifuentes

      The best way is to always start with your immediate circle. Even if business networking isn’t your scene one of your producers or Executive Producer, has to be that person with the Rolodex, that one person that knows and does business with everyone! If you are not the type of person that is comfortable with pitching to potential investors then submitting your work to production companies might be your best bet. What are you struggling with the most in your funding?

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        TSF Films

        Right away, a step is skipped. You already assume there’s an executive producer or producer with a Rolodex. That’s the initial meeting, right? Getting a producer on board. Right now, the producer is me. My biggest problem with funding is getting my IP to the right people and gain a producer/partner. I’m good in a room, but I need the audience. I have an IP that was a semi-finalist at the Nicholl’s last fall. No one cares.

        Which brings me back to my original question: getting the meeting with power players. Everyone wants to get paid to hear a pitch at my level. Who is sincerely looking for new and exciting properties, and how do you get the meeting?

        The word is not out there. For good reason. I understand the whys. I’ve read enough crappy screenplays and seen enough dopey films. I get it. So how do I get around the chaff and get the meeting?

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          Mr. Sifuentes

          I have never pitched to a network or studio before, so this is what I did two weeks ago. I hired a screenwriter for consultation on pitching to Networks. He already has a vendor contract for one of the majors. I had my first meeting last Monday it was solely on how to set up meetings. Our second meeting will be this Friday and that will focus more on the pilot script. I’ll be more than happy to introduce you or there are plenty of screenwriters who offer similar services. Since I work out of South Texas to me it was worth every penny.

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            TSF Films

            Can you PM me your credits?

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            TSF Films

            Disregard. I found you. Please delete this and my last. Thanks. =)

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    Regan

    I want to make a film about futility. More specifically – the actual hopeless feeling one gets when dealing with government bureaucracy. A fifteen-minute black and white satirical piece of work. A short film about an unsophisticated small town that I now live in, located midway between Toronto and Ottawa. (With an actual native name, as well: Nogojiwanong – to be used sparingly-yet not unnoticed!) I think the mere geographical location of Peterborough, in and of itself, says plenty for what I want to say. The film would be social commentary on Canadian values, ethics, and culture. Five main characters will easily carry the plot.
    My need is an investor who will put great trust in my ability to surprise, enlighten, and entertain. Yet, afford me secrecy until I can produce a final product. My intention is a film that will bring relief. Find some answers.
    I have been thinking about and writing this project for 3 years. The script is in French with English sub-titles. I entitled it “Pierrebureau.”

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      Mr. Sifuentes

      I think getting a fiscal sponsorship with a non-profit would be your best option to start off on. If you are looking for your project to be nurtured financial then a non-profit is more geared to that. Plus any funding is tax deductible. Canada has a great film incentive and support. Some film projects don’t work well for investors but are more geared towards the arts.

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        Regan

        Hi Mr. Sifuentes, I’d be quite eager to work with anyone who would fund my film short “Pierrebureau”. ESPECIALLY if they are of Latin/Hispanic heritage! I think that America’s culture now suffers because of ugly and abusive politics of it’s leader! Canada stands back and observes…I’ve fearlessly said at least once on Twitter that I think Trump’s idea to build a wall with Mexico must have occurred to him when he was stoned. And he listened -one too many times- to a certain Pink Floyd album….
        …One of the finest works of cinema in recent years was by Producer Cuaron (Mexican Producer/Director). Now I love Comedies the most. Secondly, I love serious Sci-Fi. But when I go to see Sci-Fi as in “Gravity”, I want a plausible outer-space story. “Gravity” held my suspension of disbelief masterfully. What I mean is from time of opening credits to end in a cinema … those 2 hours and 10 minutes went by as if it were a blink of the eye. Sandra Bullock’s athletic body was a bonus. Also, as I exited the cinema, my mind kept comparing to parallels I’ve seen in that vein of Sci-Fi space films…to compare it to the original “Alien” with Sigourney Weaver. Then I asked myself…”Who was the villain this time?” Of course, in “Alien”, it was an actual multi-jawed toothy monster. In “Gravity” it was even more suspenseful and scary, because that villain was invisible…that villain was Gravity itself. Fucking brilliant!

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    DON CLOVIS

    HI, IS ANYBODY GOT SUCCESFULL FUNDING HERE

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      Mr. Sifuentes

      Hey Don. The filmmakers who have hired me to make pitch decks have gotten funding. Combination of equality, crowdfunding, and product placement. Don, did you get my email?

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        Jeanne Young

        Hello Mr. Sifuentes, How much do you charge to help with a pitch deck?

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          Mr. Sifuentes

          Hello Jeanne! I replied via email. Can’t wait to learn more about your film. Talk soon.

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    Adam Young

    Chaps, what emotions?! Its cold and very precise ROI. The story would make sense if its superb and/or based on real events which were adopted by the incredible scribe, then you package and sign the talent, get distribute and sales estimates, then you make a notable realistic budget and deliver the picture ahead of shooting schedule with at least 120% ROI. The later means you picture has to make 3 times the budget at BO and licensing.
    Get real.

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