Two Biggest Reasons Why A Screenwriting Pitch Is Rejected – Shannan E. Johnson


Film Courage: On average how far into a pitch would it was a pass?

Writer/Instructor and Script Consultant Shannan E. Johnson (The Professional Pen): For me, I can probably know right off the bat. I’m not saying that is everybody else’s skill set but I know story well enough to know that a screenwriter doesn’t know their story very well. It also depends on howyou got the pitch because if I’m doing this as a favor to someone, I’m going to listen to the entire thing and I’m also possibly going to now engage with you after the pitch (etcetera) even if I know we’re never going to buy this.

Or it might be the opposite because I know how you got here, I know we’re going to buy it, so no matter what you say…what I mean is I don’t really even have to take in all the information but from the script consultant side it’s easy to tell when someone doesn’t know their story. Sometimes people don’t know how to pitch and it’s not that they don’t know their story. This is where I would say the…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).






About Shannan:

After grad school I became a junior creative executive at NBCUniversal at the Syfy Channel. I was there for the rebrand. Remember Sci Fi? Yeah, not really. Anywho, it was my job to help writers and producers take their ideas from pitch to production. I co-exec’d on Alphas, Being Human, Haven, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, and more Syfy dramedies. This is how I honed my skill in all stages of the screenwriting process…(read more here).


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