Reality Of Pitching Movie Ideas In Hollywood — Mark Sanderson

Film Courage: What’s the biggest screenwriting pitch you’ve ever gone out on and what happened?

Mark Sanderson, Screenwriter/Author: There was a pitch that I had with my writing partner. We had a lot of pitches. One solo I’ve been on but they haven’t been like Oh my gosh this is with…it’s been with heads of television or whatever. But I specially remember one pitch that we did and the head of the company was there – the whole strata of people were there, the assistant, the VP, and we went on for way too long. It was absurd how long the pitch was. They basically told us we saw the whole movie. It was like a 20-minute pitch and no-one stopped us and we were crazy enough rather than make it five minutes. We walked out of there and the manager said They’re going to buy this blah, blah, blah, oh my gosh and something happened where it wasn’t…it never materialized. But there was another pitch. It wasn’t big but the guy made us wait and he was late and then we’re sitting in the lobby and we see him in the office and he sees us and he pulls the blinds and we’re like That’s a good sign and we had been around and I hadn’t had lunch and I was like freaking out and I was like I’ve got to eat something so I went in their pantry and I was like ripping open bags of cookies and…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Watch the full lecture here on Youtube

In this special Film Courage video lecture, Author/Screenwriter Mark Sanderson presents Staying In The Game: Surviving As A Working Screenwriter in Hollywood for a live audience (with Q&A) – recorded in North Hollywood, CA September 25th, 2018.

Watch the video interview on Youtube here



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About Mark Sanderson:

Mark Sanderson (aka @scriptcat) is a Los Angeles based screenwriter, author, script consultant and sometimes actor blessed to be living his childhood dream of making movies with thirty-six screenplays written in genres ranging from comedy to drama. His work ranges from his sketch comedy writing and performing as a founding member with The Amazing Onionheads, writing for MTV, to his spec sale, and twenty screenplay assignments with television premieres and worldwide distribution of his fourteen emotionally compelling films— the WWII indie feature “I’ll Remember April,” Lifetime Network’s “An Accidental Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” the stylish indie noir feature “Stingers,” action-packed thrillers “USS Poseidon: Phantom Below” (aka HereTV’s “Tides of War”) and SyFy Network’s “Sea Snakes” (aka Fox’s “Silent Venom”), Lifetime Network’s highly rated thrillers “Mommy’s Little Girl,” and “A Night to Regret,” and the LMN Network premieres “Mother of All Lies,” “A Wedding to Die For,” “One Small Indiscretion,”“Hunted by My Ex,” “Family Vanished,” and the upcoming thriller “My Daughter Vanished.”

Mark’s films have premiered on Lifetime Network, LMN, SyFy, Fox, HereTV, HBO Canada, Christmas 24, NBC/Universal, The Movie Network, and have been distributed globally. His films have been recognized at festivals including a premiere and opening the Palm Springs Int. Film Festival, premieres at the Hawaii Int. Film Festival, St. Louis Int. Film Festival, The Rainbow Festival in Hawaii, Newport Beach Int. Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Int. Festival, and nominated for the Starboy award at the Oulu Int. Children’s Film Festival in Finland.

Mark’s long association with award winning Hollywood filmmakers dates back to his first produced screenplay and has since worked with Academy Award® winning producers, veteran directors, and has written films starring Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Emmy® acting nominees and winners. Mark is also a screenplay consultant and his new book, “A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success” is now available on Amazon…(Read more here).


Related videos:

Biggest Mistake A Screenwriter Makes In A Pitch Meeting by Larry Wilson

The Ins & Outs Of A Screenwriting Pitch Meeting by Justin Trevor Winters

What Do Executives Want To See In A Television Series Pitch? — Erik Bork

Pitching A Movie Script Without Being Desperate by Scott Kirkpatrick



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