Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pitch Your Screenplay On Video!



What I found in my email on July 4th is so EXCITING, I can barely contain myself! Fireworks are exploding in my brain. Why? Well, if you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I write screenplays and that I have entered two screenplays and one teleplay in a couple of contests (results not until October, 2012). 
I enter contests rather than pitchfests because I am not at all comfortable in a pitch session environment. I think. I don't know. I've never been to one. But if I had to explain to potential buyers the advantages of producing my movies or television shows, I would stumble over my words, lose my concentration, and get so distracted by the ramblings in my own mind, I would lose whatever credibility I might have had before I sat down.

Obviously, I don't know that for sure, but what I do know is that public speaking is not my forte. Standing or even sitting in front of a complete stranger who holds my heart in his or her hands is terrifying to me. Yes, pitching in person would scare me, but pitching on camera, while less frightening, would be nerve wracking too. What if I screw up? What if I forget what I want to say? What if I forget to reveal a pivotal scene?
"That’s the beauty of igottapitch. You can practice a dozen times and upload when you feel you are ready. You can’t do that in a face-to-face meeting with a producer." (from IGottaPitch)

IGottaPitch allows people like me to sit before our computers and pitch to an invisible somebody who will see – eventually (hopefully) – our pitch from the other side of a computer screen. 
No getting distracted by the shape of his beautiful eyes, or the style of her hair, or the myriad other distractions that would temp me to blurt out, "What cologne are you wearing?" or "It's really hot in here, isn't it?" while every word in my memory bank escaped through the back door of my mind.

Nope! IGottaPitch would be just me and my laptop pitching away. I could write what I want to say before I say it, try it out loud before I pitch it, videotape it, review it, revise it, and then let it go! IGottaPitch even offers tips on HOW to pitch (click the link) and provides a short pitching To-Do List
Probably the best part about pitching in person is that you get immediate feedback, but if I've learned nothing else throughout my life, I have learned (and am still learning) patience. Waiting for responses will be another exercise in patience.

The best part about sending my ideas to IGottaPitch is that I would actually be DOING SOMETHING to promote my screenplays and teleplays instead of leafing through old copies of The Hollywood Creative Directory (which isn't published anymore) to locate an agent or producer who MAY be interested in my work.

IGottaPitch makes my pitch available to producers on the IGottaPitch website. The only downside is the $29 a month fee, but it's an expense I'm willing to incur if my screenplays don't win the competitions I entered. 
On second thought, all three screenplay contest entries were placed in the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting/Television Writing Competition (one was also entered in the TVWriter Competition) – Scriptapalooza is the brain behind IGottaPitch, so maybe I'll start working on my pitches now.

Do YOU have a screenplay you want to pitch? Check out IGottaPitch by clicking any of the links.

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