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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (8 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402076606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941188319
  • ASIN: 0941188310
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,488,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chock-full of little nuggets that, if put into practice, will make your pitch stand out from the rest. --Sci-Fi London International Film Festival --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Grant on 12 Mar. 2009
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If you've ever wanted to make a movie, or you're planning to make a movie, one thing's for certain, you need to be able to pitch your idea to people. In fact more than any other skill, the ability to pitch well will determine whether your script gets read or you get to meet the producer that can greenlight your project. Unfortunately most people don't know how to pitch and those do don't usually do it well and that's what Ken Rotcop's excellent book sets out to change.

Nicely laid out as a series of 31 questions that obviously Ken hears a lot, The Perfect Pitch sets out to answer those questions and does so in an engaging and friendly style covering everything from what makes a good pitch to pitching an idea not a script, using props or gimmicks in the pitch meeting, not getting intimidated and much more. There are also sections on getting an agent, entering competitions, pitches that actually sold and my absolute favourite chapter called "Overheard At The Workshop" which is a collection of absolutely true stories that Ken Rotcop has heard and written down while the folks attending his Pitchmart workshops are chit-chatting before the class. they range from scary to infuriating to laugh-out-loud hilarious and are worth the price of the book on their own.

This book isn't really a step-by-step how to of pitching, it's a guide to the do's and don'ts of pitching and, recognising that the movie business is a real business, it is very focused on making the sale. Some of it is common sense stuff like 'don't turn up late' but on the whole it's chock-full of little nuggets that, if put into practice, will make your pitch stand out from the rest.

The chapter layout is a bit haphazard, leaping from topic to topic as MR.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maymarvel on 6 April 2011
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The Perfect Pitch was a real disappointment. It includes lots of stories on memorable pitches followed by either...

* "That pitch worked for me because I [put in name of established writer] have a personal relationship with [put in name of producer] but an unestablished writer would have to do it differently." Notice then that the book doesn't cover what the unestablished writer could in fact do to improve their pitch!


* with Ken describing a pitch that some producer told him was memorable, but he has no idea if the story actually got sold or produced. (I'm not entirely sure being remembered for dressing up as a superhero during my pitch is the way I'd want to be remembered or the way to build a professional relationship, but I might be wrong.)

In other words this is a book filled with amusing anecdotes from Kens career. An entertaining read, but nothing to help me build my pitch.

If you're a writer looking to improve your pitch (like me) I would buy Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds: The Guaranteed Way to Get Your Screenplay or Novel Read instead - inspiring book filled with actual, usable tips for the unestablished writer!

If, however, your looking for a couple entertaining stories from inside the producers/writers world, this book might be something for you!
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Very solid if slightly thin entry on the trickier marketing and selling side of the business. Very much focussed on pre-meeting and meeting tips (less so negotiation, contract, deal types etc) but will help to instil a sense of professionalism and help you to understand that producers aren't just buying your script - they're buying you. Very useful to read before embarking on a screenplay, to help shape the writing from an industry perspective.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Marginal at Best 26 April 2004
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This book doesn't deliver what you're looking for. First of all, Mr. Rotcop says he was head of four studios. When I hear "studio" I'm thinking UNIVERSAL, PARAMOUNT, MGM...not small production companies that own studio eqpt and lot space...that turn out B pictures straight to video or third rate cable TV.
Secondly, the book doesn't seem to be much more than an advertisement for his workshop. I hope that his workshop is good--however, the book leaves quite a bit to be desired. It is odd to me that he has trouble giving "evidence" of success stories based on his own Pitchmart other than a few stories of B/straight to video pieces. In a word I was UNDERWHELMED.
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So painfully bad... 6 Dec. 2004
By Larry Greenberg - Published on
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I only managed to finish this book by convincing myself that it must have at least one nugget of wisdom to impart. One technique that is actually practical. One tip that is not flat out ridiculous.

Unfortunately I was wrong. What Mr. Rotcop offers up here is a blend of the absurdly obvious ("Don't bring a 96-ounced drink to the executive's desk. It will leave a wet ring." Page 44. & "Never be late for an appointment" Page 45.) with the just plain absurd (Use action figures to act out your pitch. Or dress up as a superhero to give your pitch. Page 27.)

This book is absolutely useless.
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The Perfect Pitch 9 May 2009
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This book was one large waste of time. I needed a book that was informative and full of examples, without personal promotion. I felt the only thing this book did was drop names and promote the writer. He told a bunch of stories about how good pitches can work and his success stories, but did not go into, in any length, how to write a really good pitch. I felt this book was a mere tool to help promote his writer's workshop. I do not recommend this book to anyone. If you are looking for an actually helpful book, check out "The Savvy Screenwriter".
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Being the best possible agent for your own idea 12 July 2002
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The Perfect Pitch: How To Sell Yourself And Your Movie Idea To Hollywood by Ken Rotcop (written with the assistance of James K. Shea) is a solid and practical guide to being the best possible agent for your own idea, story, or screenplay. From learning how to best pitch your story in two minutes or less, to reacting quickly and on the spot, improving communication, and getting to see Hollywood's big-time movers in the first place, The Perfect Pitch is a rock-solid foundation and a very highly recommended "how to" reference for any aspiring writers seeking to turn their film script ideas into box office movies.
The Perfect Book for The Perfect Pitch 10 Nov. 2009
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I read The Perfect Pitch and wish I had done so earlier in my career. Having attended just about every cattle call in Los Angeles competing with hundreds in lines, moving from intern to intern at the ring of a bell, and not knowing what to say in 30 seconds, I decided it was time to learn from someone who knows the inside to the Hollywood film industry. The Perfect Pitch is not just entertaining and fun to read but gives you all the information you need to pitch your script that you just can't get anywhere else in Hollywood. Since reading The Perfect Pitch, I have joined Ken's workshop and come to know Ken not just as a professional and professor in the art of pitching scripts but as a mentor personally involved with the success of his students and get their scripts polished and in the hands of producers. And Yes! My scripts have gone in the hands of producers because of Ken and his Perfect Pitch. I highly recommend reading The Perfect Pitch and join his workshop if you want to take your screenwriting career in the right direction.
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