Max Adams Teaches Pitching your Screenplay
I attended The Hollywood Filmmaking and Screenings Meetup at the Neon Venus Art Theater on Melrose last night. Max Adams presented “Pitching a movie script.” Max is the author of The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide and has worked with Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Universal, Tri-Star and Columbia Pictures. Her produced works include Excess Baggage [credited] and The Ladykillers [uncredited].
Max gave a standing room only group of about 70 people a refresher on the basics with a few great tips. She says establishing genre is the most important thing you can do when you start your meeting. You need to give the suits “permission” to laugh. Then establish a verbal 3 paragraph essay – this is what I am going to tell you, then tell them your story and conclude with, this is what I just told you. Also tell them who is the protagonist.
Max also shared some good advice for a new independent film maker – shoot the money scene first – even if it isn’t convenient, so that you can pacify the executive producers immediately. Otherwise, if you show them basic early footage, they’ll wonder what you are doing with their money —
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*max is a faculty member of :::gotham writers’ workshop::: and :::the university of utah::: and is the founder of :::the academy of film writing:::