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Get your work made, shown, seen.

MOST ARTISTS HATE SELLING and think they're bad at it.

...WHICH IS super WEIRD BECAUSE everyone keeps hiring us to help them sell their stuff.

Billions of dollars are poured yearly into Getting artists to set aside our own work and sell people their stuff for them.

The world’s economy depends on artists.

Logos, taglines, branding, colors, fonts, copywriting, fabrics, design, music, posters, pamphlets, billboards, print ads, social media ads, merchandizing, music, photography, stories, jokes, performances, TV ads (and the hundreds of artists who collaborate to create a TV ad) – almost every industry would be dead without us.

We’re the world’s number one sellers. And you wanna tell me that artists aren’t good at selling? Cue eye roll.

What if we dedicated some of that selling talent, creativity, passion – and time! – towards selling things that we care about? Like our own projects for example?

Let’s go.

Course Outline

introduction

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...I should add: Anything you believe in, that you yourself would buy. Learn about the most common mistakes that most people make when pitching.
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Get your mental ducks in a row *before* you pitch.

first impressions

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The title of your film can be the make-or-break factor in whether anyone reads the script or watches your film.
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A great tagline is a short poem. We'll look at great movie taglines and help you come up with yours.
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While a mood board is a directorial tool, it can be a treasure chest of visual aids in all pitch materials. Recommended!

written components

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This part if often the most dreaded. Master the artist's statement and the rest will be smooth sailing.
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How do you write a story synopsis in a single sentence? Learn about the most important ingredient in writing loglines that will make you stand out as a master storyteller.
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At all times, be sure to have in your backpocket numerous synopses of your project, at varying lengths. Learn how.
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Write a bio that will do you justice, even if you're a beginner.

pitch materials

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Your checklist is shorter than you think, depending on the type of project you're pitching. Avoid creating pitch materials you don't need, and be sure to have those that you do.
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Whether it's an elevator pitch or a formal pitch meeting, learn the four principals of great pitch meetings. Bonus section on how to land any job you interview for!
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"Pitch blurbs" for social media posts or emails are the most commonly used type of pitch, and the one almost no one prepares.
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The one-sheet is your project's "head shot" and it's needed for every type of project and in most occasions. Learn how to design and write an effective one-sheet.
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Pitch decks and sizzles can be a vortex of fun and creativity. Learn what they are and how to create them.
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Learn about the two types of fundraising videos and go through the checklists that will bring you success.

the show bible

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Find out what a show bible is and isn't, and what exactly you need during the pitching phase of serial content.
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When pitching a show, you must have a compelling bible to accompany your pilot script. Learn how to create a professional and effective bible.

publicity

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In this overview of publicity, we discuss what type of publicity materials you'll need depending on the project, the different goals you might focus on, and the one goal I recommend above all else when publicizing a film.
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Learn how to strategize the festival maze and how to make your film stand out at festival screenings so you're getting the most out of every opportunity.
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Learn about the types of stills you'll need, and how to approach the project of collecting them, selecting them, and creating your movie poster.
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Learn about the most common mistake people make when creating a trailer and the magic ingredient that will make yours stand out.
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Learn what a press kit is and how to create one!
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Do you need a movie website? A social media account? When? Why? How? We'll unpack and simplify all of it.

closing

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Enjoy a final pep talk!

My name is Ela Thier, I’m a working writer-director, but like every other artist, I used to think of myself as bad at selling.

Pitch meeting at HBO, Oprah’s network, Sony Lot, this manager, that other manager – I’d show up frozen and shy and feel like I’m groveling. Given how I was pitching, it didn’t matter how good my work was. It wasn’t gonna sell.

I’ll never forget the day I pitched to this fancy-pants producer in LA. After she told me what she thought was wrong with my script I started to cry, clumsily knocked the pencil holder off her desk, and while bending over to pick up the mess, I slipped a loud fart. True story. Wish it ended there, but no. As I backed out of her driveway I accidentally drove over her flowerbed. I parked the rented car at a KFC around the corner, called my husband, and burst into sobs. That’s how slick a pitcher I was.

Now? Pff. I use that story to sell myself. That’s boss.

What did making thousands of mistakes lead me to? I’ve created pitch materials that got investors to pitch in (puns rule!) I’ve pitched and sold my first feature. I self distributed my second feature with a theatrical release and learned how to promote and publicize the crap out of it. I’ve released countless shorts – from doing no promo and slapping it on to YouTube to running all up and down the festival circuit and everything in between. I’ve filled out a billion applications (give or take) to film markets, labs, and grant programs. Made two films with the grants I was awarded. I know pitching.

Your Instructor

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If you feel daunted; don’t know where to begin; your eyes glaze over just thinking about what you might need …a sizzle reel? A pitch deck? What’s that? What goes into a show bible? Wait, a show bible…? A press kit? But I’ve got no press!

Breathe. Or scream. Whichever you prefer. I’m here to make it simple for you – and effective.

In Crush That Pitch I go over exactly what you need and at which stage, depending on the type of project you’re pitching. Stop bleeding over materials that you don’t actually need, while overlooking those things that should always be in your back pocket.

Whether you’re pitching a series that will outlast the Simpsons or a 3-minute short, a finished film, or a script that you’re just thinking about: this course outlines what you’ll need, when you’ll need it, and how to go about creating it. You got this.

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30-DAY refund policy, risk free purchase

If you’re not satisfied with the course, email me within 30 days of purchase and you’ll receive a full refund. No questions asked.

Two conditions to requesting a refund within 30 days:

1) You give the course a try. That means watching at least one module.

2) You’ve not worked through more than half the course. If you work through more than half of the course, I will assume that you’re finding it useful.

These parameters bring integrity to my otherwise extremely loose refund policy. Thanks for understanding!

FAQs

The moment you enroll, you have lifetime, on-demand access to all lectures. Work through it when you want, where you want, and at your own pace.

Use the lectures a-la-carte. Depending on what you’ll be pitching, different sections may be more relevant to you than others. This year you may need a one-sheet. Next year you may need a show bible. This course will guide you and make it all doable.

This course takes the overwhelm out of pitching.

I go over what you need depending on the project, and when you’ll need it.

If you’re wasting your time creating a press kit for a short film that’s not premiered yet, I’ll help you walk off that ledge.

At the same time, many artists don’t prepare certain pitch materials that they do need. They try to get a professional sound guy with gear for $100/day without that social media blurb that would give crew members a reason to join a no/low-budget project. Don’t be that guy. I can help.

This is not a course on film distribution, although film distribution certainly requires publicity materials and I have a module on that.

I offer a few tips on distribution where relevant. For example, in the section on creating posters, I share strategies for using publicity materials to make the best use of festivals.

Definitely not.

I can show you what you need to create and how to create it. But the quality of what you do is in your hands.

More importantly, the quality of the product you’re pitching is entirely in your hands.

But get this: a great product badly pitched doesn’t sell. An average product with a great pitch, might.

There I go calling your movie a “product” again… Get used to it 😉

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