Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds

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Michael Wiese Productions, Oct 1, 2006 - 186 pages
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From the author of "Screenplays That Sell" comes his newest book that reveals a one-minute technique for getting one's screenplay or novel read by the major powers of Hollywood.
 

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Contents

THE 10 KEY COMPONENTS OF A COMMERCIAL STORY
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2 Why will the reader and audience EMPATHIZE with your hero?
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3 What is the SETUP of the story? Where is your hero when hes introduced before the forward movement of the story begins?
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4 What OPPORTUNITY is presented to your hero?
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5 What is your heros OUTER MOTIVATION?
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6 Whats the CONFLICT?
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8 What deeper ISSUES does the story explore?
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10 What is your PASSION for this story?
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Query Letters
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Emails
70
Phone Calls
71
Elevators
73
PRESENTATION
77
GEARING UP
79
Clothing
80
Props
81

DESIGNING YOUR PITCH
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Opening Strong
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Accolades
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The Power of What if?
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Dropping In Antecedents
21
Adding Details
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Pitching True Stories
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Mistakes Blunders and Bad Advice
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PRACTICE
29
A Shameless Plug
31
TARGETING YOUR BUYERS
33
Contacts and Referrals
34
Articles and Reviews
35
Screenwriting Directories
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Publishing Directories
38
Video Dealers
39
Book Dealers
40
The Internet
42
Fiction Writing Websites
46
Telephone Research
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PUTTING THE TOOLS TO WORK
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Pitch Fest Research
52
The 10 Steps to a Powerful Hit List
53
SECURING OPPORTUNITIES TO PITCH
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But Wait I Have One More Rant
58
Referrals
59
Pitch Festivals
60
Conferences and Book Fairs
64
OntheSpot Submissions
82
Anathemas
84
ESTABLISHING RAPPORT
89
Acknowledgment
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REVELATION REQUEST AND RESPONSE
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Awkward Segue 2
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The WinWin Question
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If the Buyer Says YES
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If the Buyer Says NO
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If the Buyer Has Questions
101
BEYOND THE 60SECOND PITCH
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Pitch Meetings
108
Pitching Episodic Television
110
Pitching Everything Else
113
Marketing Other Peoples Stories
115
Pitching to Your Boss
117
EXTRA STUFF
119
THE PITCHING TEMPLATES
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The Genre Film Template
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The Personal ExperienceFictional Story Template
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The Real SituationFictional Story Template
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The True Story Template
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The Best Pitch I Ever Heard EXECUTIVES ON PITCHING
129
THE BEST PITCH YOULL EVER GIVE
169
INDEX
173
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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About the author (2006)

Michael Hauge is a story consultant, author, and lecturer who has consulted on projects for every major Hollywood studio, including films starring Will Smith, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Kirsten Dunst, Robert Downey Jr., and Morgan Freeman. He is the author of Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds and has presented his lectures and workshops to more than 50,000 writers and filmmakers around the world.

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