Producing : Strategies for Producing/Pitching by Anthony Varon

Anthony Varon

Strategies for Producing/Pitching

Hey Guys. So I got some great feedback on the airplane from a very talented Producer. It was how to follow up with production companies by Cold Calling. I am curious, what do you think is the best strategy you have found? She advised me to call around lunch and keep the pitch to around 2 minutes. Any other ideas you think is good?

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

I know it's usually hard to get a decision maker on the phone, so I'd definitely keep it to 2 minutes. Make it personal, too.

Anthony Varon

Thanks Julie! That's great advice! I was thinking the same!

W. Keith Sewell

DON"T cold-call on Mondays! learn the assistant's name and get her to remember yours... for your followup call.

Anthony Varon

Awesome! Thanks for that feedback!

Adrianne J. McClelland

Thank you for the info. Now I need the guts to do it.

Douglas Eugene Mayfield

Ditto WKS's comment. Whatever time you call, focus NOT on the boss but on someone who is starting out. This person, assistant, intern, whoever, will be looking to move up and one way to do that is to bring the boss something which the company might want. I'd leave all decisions concerning whether to pass your project along to whomever you speak with. If they choose to say no, just thank them for their time. As advised, keep it very short and simple. Do try out your pitch in advance with people you know and adjust the pitch based on the responses you get. Do homework and target companies which make movies in the genre of your project. Good luck.

Matthew Barron

This is all great advice. I'd just add one little thing - don't be frightened or demoralised if the person you're calling back doesn't remember you. It happens and can feel like a real kick in the teeth if that strong personal connection you felt you made last time isn't there now. It's not a kick in the teeth - it's a respawn. Even if the exec doesn't remember a word of that first contact conversation, the fact of the conversation led to the second contact - another opportunity to build the outcome you're looking for.

Anthony Varon

Wow everyone, I really appreciate this feedback!! It means a lot! Thanks!

Richard Buzzell

Anthony - any luck so far with your cold calls?

Anthony Varon

Hey Richard. I have not had a chance to follow up yet. I have been insanely busy with work the past week and a half and preparing to move back to Los Angeles. I am hoping next week or two I will have some down time to begin. I wish I had an assistant Producer haha I sure do need the help but in time

Tad Wojnicki

Hey, Anthony, everybody here can see that you've been busy! :) I salute your veterans project, super worthy! :) I wish I could partner with you on that production, but I'm still out of town, arriving in LA only in January, so how about a next project?

Anthony Varon

hey Tad, thanks for the feed back. I am going to hopefully be in Los Angeles but what are you looking to work on?

Richard Buzzell

Anthony - any results, good, bad or indifferent, to report from your cold-calling efforts?

Anthony Varon

Hey Richard, nothing yet as we are still waiting on getting the director/writer together.

Douglas Eugene Mayfield

Anthony. I'm curious what you mean by 'getting the director/writer together'.

Anthony Varon

So I went back and looked at the script. It needs work and in it's current form, I don't want to shop it around. I thought it was tight but there are a lot of loose ends. The writer/director are the same person and without actually being able to get a hold of them, I am in limbo as I can't do anything else. So right now it's a waiting game and currently trying to find other projects to work on at the same time in the Los Angeles area where I am moving to next week.

Douglas Eugene Mayfield

OK. I see what you're saying and you're right. No pitching something which isn't ready. Good luck here in LA.

W. Keith Sewell

Buying Season for new TV projects officially ends on Wednesday! with the "BIG" holidays quickly approaching, any last minute submissions and cold calls you attend to make - Do it now! Pilot development season takes over in January!

Anthony Varon

Thanks Keith!! I appreciate that info. The only issue is it's a feature film. Is that info for feature films as well?

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