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True or False
1. The reaction you want when you’re pitching is “Why didn’t I think of that idea?”
2. The title of your material is not important.
False. The title is the link to your story and what they remember you by.
3. During a pitch session, if you’re asked if you have a treatment on your story, you should say yes even if you don’t have one.
That’s true. Say yes, go home, write one and get it back to them immediately.
4. Good dialogue should say exactly what’s on a character’s mind.
That’s false. It should be communicated in subtext and not be “on the nose.”
5. The order of your pitch should be: Title, Genre, Logline.
6. Granting a free option on your material is a good deal for a new writer.
False. Never give a free option. You should receive a few thousand dollars as a show of good faith.
7. “Hip pocket representation” means that an agent or manager isn’t taking you on as a full time client but on a project by project basis.
8. Most writers have representation and are happy with their agent.
False. Just the opposite is true on both counts.
9. It’s a waste of time to keep rejection slips.
False. They start the paper trail in case of theft of material.
10. You need a contrast of writing styles with your writing partner.
False. Your styles better be similar or you’re both in trouble.High Concept Screenwriting Steve Kaire Steve on Screenwriting