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Some film projects seem like they effortlessly raise budgets from grants and funding agencies, while others get quagmired in development hell when the people with the money decide to pass. What’s the difference? Well, it could be how you are pitching your film! No Film School sat down with Camden International Film Festival’s Sean Flynn to talk about important aspects of pitches, ten years of CIFF, and how to apply for the brand new Points North Fellowship — which not only helps you perfect your pitch, but has you deliver it in front of the Industry’s top funders! More »

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b&h andrew frank how to ask for money pitchAs artists, we can ask you to work relentlessly hard hours, put on layers of zombie makeup, even borrow your expensive gear for a shoot. But you know what we have the hardest time asking for? Money! Luckily, industry professionals like Andrew Frank are around to give us practical advice on getting past our fears with simple advice in this B&H video workshop How to Ask People for Money: Anatomy of a Pitch below. More »

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LostWhen you sit down to watch a film or TV show, do you ever wonder what the original pitch was, and how much it differs from what you’re watching on-screen? One of the biggest shows of the last decade, Lost, could have been quite different from what it eventually became according to a leaked series guide for the show, detailing the writers’ early plans. Considering the fact that it was drafted to get the show picked up by ABC, it’s safe to say the process of writing a show and selling a show is pretty different, so check out the original document to not only see how much the pitched show and aired show differ, but also get an idea of what such a document contains (in case you needed an example.) More »

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The Weinstein CompanyAn interesting thing is happening in this digital age of filmmaking. On one hand, the transition from film to digital has made filming, editing, and distributing so much simpler than it once was. On the other hand, the competition is fierce between filmmakers to gain viewers to add to their audience. And we’ve all heard that knowing someone is at times more important than having a good film. Well, the Weinstein Company has partnered with Film.com and NextMovie to bring you their Master Storytelling Contest, in which one winner will have the opportunity to have their pitch or film treatment read by one of the company’s Development Executives. Read on for the details. More »

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IFP Film Week has brought us a roundup of investors and financiers who spoke candidly about best practices for wooing the moolah towards low-budget feature films (<$1 million). Carol Ann Shine, Co-Founder of The Blackhouse Foundation, James Janowitz, Senior Partner at Pryor Cashman LLP, James Belfer, CEO and Managing Director of the Dogfish Accelerator, Michael Hansen, Managing Director of Three Point Capital, and Amy Hobby, Producer and “Instigator” of Tangerine Entertainment gave us their tips for attracting investors and keeping them satisfied long after the returns come rolling in. Their best advice after the jump. More »

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Joke and BiagioAward-winning filmmakers and unscripted TV producers Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina (you might know them as Joke and Biagio) have a long history of helping independent creatives by providing them with invaluable information on how to get past the velvet rope of Hollywood. Now that they have launched their new podcast Producing Unscripted, which aims to help you “create, develop, pitch, and sell unscripted television and film,” they’re going to do you one better — they’re going to let you pitch your ideas directly to them in the hopes of making a show together. More »

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rainn wilson soulpancake pitchAs DIY filmmakers, many of us are looking for ways to get the filmmaking industry to take notice of our work and talent. At times, this can feel like fruitlessly banging on a series of locked doors, nary a key in sight. Every once in a while, though, an open invitation falls in our lap asking us to submit our best work in the hopes of making a connection. Thanks to a filmmaking friend Robert Palmer and his post on Facebook, I came across a simple request from Rainn Wilson asking “all-in-one filmmakers” to pitch his production company, SoulPancake. Since the nofilmschool community is full of all-in-one filmmakers, I thought you’d like to hear about it, too. More »

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We’ve discussed pitch/sizzel reels and mood/tone films a few times on NoFilmSchool before, but it’s interesting that so many of them are now finding their way online. Rian Johnson – writer/director of Brick and The Brothers Bloom – with the help of his good friend Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who stars in the just-released film), put together a fake trailer for his new film Looper long before production on the movie began. Check out both videos below. More »

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Recently here on NFS, we’ve discussed the emergence of the online pitch for screenwriters and the prevalence of pitch reels (or sizzle reels or mood/tone films or multimedia lookbooks) among directors looking to get hired for a gig. Today, I thought we could focus on good ol’ fashioned pitching for screenwriters. Thanks to the folks over at MakingOf, screenwriters Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio (Despicable Me, The Lorax, Horton Hears a Who, Hop) reveal their pitching experiences, including the performance of a pitch, the importance of appearing not to care, and the reactions of the room. More »

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Pitch reels. Sizzle reels. Mood/tone films. Multimedia lookbooks. Whichever name you prefer, these pitching tools are becoming more prevalent. Recently, we posted about Joe Carnahan’s sizzle reel for Daredevil that inevitably was not the chosen vision. And of course, our own Ryan Koo shared his lookbook for Manchild here on NFS. Now, thanks to Slashfilm, we get another example of a pitch reel for a major studio project, The Hunger Games, from filmmaker Kevin Tancharoen (Fame (2009), Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series) with a substantially darker tone than Gary Ross’ finished film. More »

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Certainly, writers can write anywhere, but professional screenwriters will tell aspiring screenwriters time and time again that the business of screenwriting happens in Los Angeles; ergo, if you want to have a career in screenwriting, you have to be in LA. You need to be in LA to take meetings with producers and studio executives, to network with peers and industry associates, to pitch your current and future writing projects. Or do you? As for pitches, you can easy post those online like Josh Hallman’s pitch for The Abstract below. But there’s a catch: More »