ASSIGNMENT:  Short Film Idea / Pitch Project

Film Students: Please meet in the classroom this week for info about the Pitch Assignment. Students who need more time to edit projects 1 and 2 can go to the Multimedia Hub at 3:30 after this discussion. Students who want to shoot location photos for their Pitch projects may use class time to do that, if they are done editing previous 2 assignments. Final Edits for Project 1 and Project 2 are due on Friday September 28, and should be uploaded to the class folder by the end of the week.

I will go over Pitch Project info this week at beginning class. We will brainstorm ideas and begin work on the pitches during class. Pitches are DUE the following week for presentation.

NEXT ASSIGNMENT:  Short Film Idea / Pitch Project

During our class time in second week of October, (Sec 1 on Tues Oct 9, Sec 2 on Wed Oct 10) Each student will PITCH their idea to class. Attendance is required! 

Please read the info below on how to prep your pitch and follow the powerpoint format as outlined. No fancy templates or fonts please! Keep the presentation clean with good visuals to back up your cinematic ideas.


You will have 5 minutes to pitch an idea for a collaborative short film. Prepare an enthusiastic and engaging presentation of an idea for a film you would like to work on. Follow the checklist of points to cover in your pitch. Please keep your pitch under 5 minutes. Your pitch must offer an idea that is realistic within the timeline, technical tools, and financial limitations of our class. Films can be shot in multiple locations, but be realistic about the time it takes to plan and shoot. Pitch ideas can be any genre, in narrative or documentary form. (I will discuss a few exceptions in class).

SAVE THIS INFO to help you prep your pitch!

WHAT TO BRING TO THE PITCH: Paper printout + 10 slides in Powerpoint

Paper Printout: Please bring a one page printout that includes this info:


TEASER: Sum up the storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. Introduce the characters, their conflict, and the genre or visual style.:

PLEASE PREPARE a SHORT POWERPOINT (10 slides) OR PDF Your presentation must include visuals to support your pitch. Location photos and other visuals should be horizontal in proportions of HD video.


Slide 1 : YOUR NAME


TEASER: Sum up the storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. Introduce the characters, their conflict, and the genre or visual style.

Slide 2: GENRE / STYLE:

Describe the type of short you want to make, show visual example

Slide 3 : STORY / PLOT:

Short paragraph that expands on the Teaser.

Slides 4-5: Character Descriptions / visual examples

Slides 5-7 : Locations / Settings / visual examples

Slides 8-9 : Additional Visual Examples that support the type of cinematography, visual effects, look / feel of the movie you hope to make. Storyboards, character sketches, still photos… please use horizontal format.

Slide 10 : Special Issues / Time of Day for shoots / restrictions

MORE TIPS on Pitching Film Ideas:

Pitch Links

A good pitch is generally between five and ten minutes long and lays out the premise, hook and essential beats of the story, along with thumbnail sketches of the principal characters (often including the names of actors who might play the roles), and a clear idea of the genre, tone, likely audience, and budget level.

Pitches come in two forms: the two-minute pitch, also known as the teaser, and the story pitch

Here is some background info that will be useful for your future assignment

links below

The Two Minute Pitch
The two minute pitch starts off with the hook of the story. You have to sum up the
storyline of your idea in around 25 words or less. This is the hook, an example would be:

The Godfather
: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine
empire to his reluctant son.
After you have drawn in the executives with your hook you will be asked to continue. This
is when you can go over the storyline briefly from beginning to end. Focus on two or
three characters at most and the action, conflict and emotions they will go through.

Pitches come in two forms: the two-minute pitch, also known as the teaser, and the story
pitch, which is traditionally 10 to 20 minutes in length, though the shorter the better.
Teaser Pitch
first sentence introduces the characters, the next sentence illustrates their conflict,
and the final sentence leaves listeners wanting more. The conflict generally suggests the
film’s genre, but if not, consider alluding to that in the final sentence as well.
The story pitch is much longer than the teaser pitch, but try to keep it under ten
minutes, if possible. The story pitch starts with your hook or your logline, and then you
run down the rest of the story. Be sure to illustrate those universal elements ? the
heroes, their goals, the conflict, what’s at risk and why they’re fighting to save it,
any pivotal events or emotional turning points, and the conclusion.

Film Pitch Example
The written part of the assignment should include:
* your pitch (or the notes you used in your pitch)
* a synopsis (no more than 2.5 pages)
* a tagline (a single sentence that tells us the story)
* a single scene of roughly 5 – 7 pages of dialogue/action
* the breakdown of the movie into its three acts, including plot points
* anything else you decide to include that gives me a better idea of what the movie
is about

Transcript of a Successful Movie Pitch

How to pitch a movie

Pitching your story

The Art of the Film Pitch

Pitch (filmmaking)

Movie pitch concerning a young man and his fellow college graduates who are out of work
and decide to start a church to make money.

A film treatment (or treatment for short) is a piece of prose, typically the step between
scene cards (index cards) and the first draft of a screenplay for a motion picture. It is
generally longer and more detailed than an outline (or one-page synopsis) and shorter and
less detailed than a step outline, but it may include details of directorial style that
an outline omits. They read like a short story. There are two types: the original draft
treatment, created during the writing process, and the presentation treatment, created as
presentation material.

Film Treatment

Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Short Stories
Sounds suspiciously like Syd Field’s rules for screenplays:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time
was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.*

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful
things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so
to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with
suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few