Stage 32 Private Pitching Lab: How to Master Your 5 Minute Pitch

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Taught by Will McCance

$499 $599
Lab Schedule (5 sessions):
Friday, Oct 22ND 4 - 5:30PM PDT
Friday, Oct 29TH 4 - 5:30PM PDT
Friday, Nov 5TH 4 - 5:30PM PDT
Friday, Nov 12TH 4 - 5:30PM PST
Friday, Nov 19TH 4 - 5:30PM PST
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Class hosted by: Will McCance

Vice President of Production at Billion-Dollar Producer Ian Bryce Productions (Saving Private Ryan, Michael Bay's Six Underground for Netflix, Transformers)

Will McCance is the Vice President of Production for Ian Bryce, producer of blockbusters like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, ALMOST FAMOUS, the TRANSFORMERS franchise, and most recently Michael Bay's SIX UNDERGROUND for Netflix. At Ian Bryce Productions, Will oversees the company's entire development slate. Before working with Ian Bryce, Will worked in development at Original Film's TV department, working on hit shows such as THE BOYS (Amazon) and PREACHER (AMC), as well as on SWAT (CBS) and HAPPY! (Syfy). Independently, Will has produced films such as the upcoming LOLA JAMES, starring Nicola Peltz and Oscar-Nominee Virginia Madsen, BERNARD AND HUEY, starring Jim Rash, David Koechner, and Mae Whitman, as well as Belarus's 2018 Oscar selection for Best Foreign Film, CRYSTAL SWAN, along with Vice. Through his years working as an executive, Will has deep experience with working with writers and choosing to work with them or not based on their pitch, and is prepared to share what he’s learned with the Stage 32 community. Full Bio »

Summary

**Only 15 Spots Available - 10 Spots Remain**

Payment plans available - email edu@stage32.com

 

Join a private, small virtual writers group, lead by VP of Production for Ian Bryce Productions, Will McCance -Finding 'Ohana (Netflix), Saving Private Ryan, Transformers: The Last Knight, Almost Famous, The Boys (Amazon), Preacher (AMC)

Will will teach you how to form an outstanding five minute pitch for your own project & you will work one on one with him to perfect your pitch!

 


If you've taken Pete Goldfinger's pitching workshop (writer of JIGSAW and SPIRAL - which was #1 at the box office) now you have the opportunity to work on perfecting your own pitch under the guidance of a top executive. Will McCance will show you how to pitch remotely and give you that mentorship you crave! Best of all, it's LIVE & INTERACTIVE!

This is an amazing opportunity to fine tune and get advice on nailing your pitch from someone who knows how to do just that.


 

The problem is, writing and pitching are two very distinct skillsets. Just because you’re a great writer doesn’t mean you’re also great at pitching. At least not initially. But like any skill, it’s something that can be honed, practiced, and improved upon. You may be missing out on opportunities right now because you struggle to get decision makers excited about your story, but this can be remedied, especially with the right one-on-one support and mentorship. Speaking of which…

Will McCance is the Vice President of Production for Ian Bryce, producer of blockbusters like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, ALMOST FAMOUS, the TRANSFORMERS franchise, and most recently Michael Bay's SIX UNDERGROUND and FINDING 'OHANA for Netflix. At Ian Bryce Productions, Will oversees the company's entire development slate. Before working with Ian Bryce, Will worked in development at Original Film's TV department, working on hit shows such as THE BOYS (Amazon) and PREACHER (AMC), as well as on SWAT (CBS) and HAPPY! (Syfy).

Through his years working as an executive, Will has deep experience with working with writers and choosing to work with them or not based on their pitch. He knows exactly what needs to go into a successful pitch.

In this exclusive 5-week lab you will:

  • Be guided through the fundamentals of pitching, including a deep dive of the five minute pitch, how to distill your script into your pitch, and how to ultimately deliver it with aplomb.
  • Work one-on-one with Will in understanding the intricacies and art of your pitch.
  • Build your own five minute pitch for your specific project under Will’s guidance.

Whether you’re working on a feature, a series, and no matter the genre, Will is here to help. 

 

Throughout the course of this exclusive online lab, you will have direct access to Will as a mentor by email and via Zoom as you develop your pitch document.

What You'll Learn

WEEK 1 – Storyselling & The Foundation of Pitching

In this week’s session, we will introduce the various forms of pitching, including the elevator pitch, the 5-minute concept pitch, and the full feature/TV pitch. The goal of this session will be to create a foundation for pitching that the next sessions will build on.

KEY TOPIC: Storyselling -- What It Is and Why We Need It

  • Who sells ideas and who is buying them?
  • What ideas sell and what ideas don’t?
  • When is the best time to pitch?
  • Where do storyselling opportunities present themselves?
  • Why is it important to learn how to sell your story?
  • Q&A with Will

Assignment will be given

Have questions in between classes? Will is available on email to help you work though elements of your own pitch. 

 

WEEK 2 – The Concept Pitch: 5 Minutes of Focus

In the second session, we will break down the 5-minute concept pitch, the main focus of this lab. Students will learn the basic boxes to check when constructing their own concept pitches, while gaining a better understanding of how to construct the perfect logline.

KEY TOPIC: The 5-Minute Pitch

  • How this kind of pitch can be useful and why
  • Pitfalls of the 5-minute pitch
  • Anatomy of 5-minute sale
  • 5-minute pitch example
  • Learning to read a room
  • Q&A with Will

Assignment will be given.

Have questions in between classes? Will is available on email to help you work though elements of your own pitch.

 

WEEK 3 – Distilling a Script Into a Pitch

Students will learn how to break down a pre-existing script into a concept pitch.

KEY TOPIC: The Devil in the Details

  • Tips for finding the broad strokes
  • What to pull from a script and why
  • Strategies for sending someone your script after a concept pitch
  • Breaking down a feature script versus pilot/series
  • Q&A with Will

Assignment will be given.

Have questions in between classes? Will is available on email to help you work though elements of your own pitch.

 

WEEK 4 – One-on-One Consultations (No Online Class)

You will get to meet with Will McCance one-on-one for to practice your 5-minute concept pitch, followed by Will's discussion and feedback.

 

WEEK 5 – Live Concept Pitch Workshop

In this final week, you will workshop your 5-minute concept pitch with the class and give and receive feedback for each other's pitch.

 

 


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • By the end of this 5-week lab, you will have a polished 5 minute pitch for your own film or TV project as well as a deeper understanding of the art of your pitch
  • Sessions will vary between 90-minute group settings and personal one-on-one Zoom meetings with Will. You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to keep you motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the writing process.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 15 writers and will be booked on a first come, first served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an exec and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please do book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • Payment plans are available - please contact Harrison at h.glaser@stage32.com for more information
  • This lab is limited to 15 people - 10 spots remain
  • This lab is designed for beginner and intermediate screenwriters and producers looking to hone their own pitch as they go out to agents, managers, execs, and more.

About Your Instructor

Will McCance is the Vice President of Production for Ian Bryce, producer of blockbusters like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, ALMOST FAMOUS, the TRANSFORMERS franchise, and most recently Michael Bay's SIX UNDERGROUND for Netflix. At Ian Bryce Productions, Will oversees the company's entire development slate. Before working with Ian Bryce, Will worked in development at Original Film's TV department, working on hit shows such as THE BOYS (Amazon) and PREACHER (AMC), as well as on SWAT (CBS) and HAPPY! (Syfy). Independently, Will has produced films such as the upcoming LOLA JAMES, starring Nicola Peltz and Oscar-Nominee Virginia Madsen, BERNARD AND HUEY, starring Jim Rash, David Koechner, and Mae Whitman, as well as Belarus's 2018 Oscar selection for Best Foreign Film, CRYSTAL SWAN, along with Vice. Through his years working as an executive, Will has deep experience with working with writers and choosing to work with them or not based on their pitch, and is prepared to share what he’s learned with the Stage 32 community.

Schedule

SESSION 1: Storyselling & The Foundation of Pitching - Friday Oct 22 - 4pm PT-5:30pm PT 

SESSION 2: The Concept Pitch: 5 Minutes of Focus - Friday Oct 29 - 4pm PT - 5:30pm PT

SESSION 3: Distilling A Script Into a Pitch - Friday Nov 5 - 4pm PT-5:30pm PT

SESSION 4: One-On-One Pitch Consultations- No Class

SESSION 5: Live Concept Pitch Workshop - Friday Nov 19 - 4pm PT-5:30pm PT

FAQs

Q: What is the format of a lab?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Labs are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
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Q: What if I cannot attend the live lab class?
A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

Q: Will I have access to the lab afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

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