I took a class -“How to Market Your Screenplay.”
What did I learn?
It is damn hard to market a screenplay. Who knows if everything this guy – [head of development of a small production company] said is true, I am going to focus on finishing the script and worry about it later.
How did the pitch go? Well, there were 8 of us in class, in a tiny conference room, sitting at a table.
The guy says – as soon as we settle into our seats – “tell me about yourself, and pitch a screenplay to me.”
Well. I tell him I am working on a polish of my first script. And. I recite the logline verbatim, I do not know how to pitch that is why I am in this class, jeez. [I do get a laugh when I say it is like “Sex and the City” without the sex – that worked – hmmm…]
Three hours later, after he tells us how to pitch [“tell it like you would tell a bedtime story – once upon a time… and tell the ending, no cliffhangers allowed….] – he decides to critique our initial pitches. Okay, just the 3 he remembered I suppose I should take it as a good sign that he reviewed mine first and I was the only one whose name he remembered [it must have been the T-Shirt] – and he said –
So now what?
[he was not offering his card – he said he did not bring it on purpose – but a guy in class that came late asked again and he reluctantly gave us his email addess “to do with what you will.”]
I sent him an email and thanked him.