- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (8 Jun. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0941188310
- ISBN-13: 978-0941188319
- 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: 3,326,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Perfect Pitch: How to Sell Yourself and Your Movie Idea to Hollywood: 17 Paperback – 8 Jun 2001
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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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By Ken Roctop
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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.Read more ›
* "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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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.