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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1490367144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1490367149
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Douglas J. Eboch is a professional screenwriter and director who wrote the original screenplay for the movie “Sweet Home Alabama” starring Reese Witherspoon, which set a box office record for a September opening. Mr. Eboch also wrote the game “Nightmare Cove” and the children’s play “Sleepover at the Stables,” which has been performed hundreds of times around the U.S. The Scriptwriter’s Network awarded him the Carl Sautter Screenwriting Award for Best New Voice in Feature Films. He has a BA in Film Production and an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. Mr. Eboch currently teaches screenwriting and pitching at Art Center College of Design and screenwriting workshops for the Singapore Media Academy. He writes the popular screenwriting blog Let's Schmooze. Ken Aguado is an independent producer. His most recent film, “Standing Up,” was written and directed by DJ Caruso and will be released later this year. Mr. Aguado has produced several other films including “The Salton Sea,” for Warner Bros., “Ticker,” which premiered on USA Network, “Crazy as Hell,” which was distributed theatrically by Artistic License and “Sexual Life,” written and directed by Ken Kwapis for Showtime. Prior to his producing career, Mr. Aguado was a production executive for several companies including Kings Road Entertainment, Miller-Boyett Productions and The Badham/Cohen Group. Mr. Aguado was born and raised in Westchester County, New York. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans where he graduated with a degree in Psychology.

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Very thorough, great for someone new to the game, but also veteran writers will find fresh inspiration as well.
John
Most writers are not that great at presentations, and this book teaches you how to lay out the idea simply and clearly in a way that will sell it.
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I highly recommend this for anyone looking to enter the film business; however, reading the book once won't be enough to master the material.
Joseph

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pavan O. on August 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
These authors know how to tell it as it is, without any of that icing on the cake. If you want to know how the film industry works and how to get your dream projects out there, start with this book. After all, it all beings with pitching. Enjoy the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By doree on July 8, 2013
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The best book I've read on the subject, a very smart and comprehensive look at a skill screenwriters have to master if they want to sell their work. The authors write about the art of pitching with the kind of depth and detail that only comes from years of experience, on both sides of the desk. Read it, it'll arm you with the knowledge and confidence you need to sell your idea. Really!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Che Thornhill on February 6, 2014
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Why did I give it 5 stars? Because it's not just a pitching book. I never realized what it really took to pitch properly but examining these tools has enabled me to become a better storyteller. Focusing on the right elements of the story to make it more exciting in the pitch, also allows me to develop those same elements in the script! A must have for writers and producers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ShellyH on July 30, 2014
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This is an amazing book, not just for pitching, but for learning how the business works. I loved the fact that the writers spent time talking about how to choose material, which is vitally important before you ever get in a room to pitch. Taking a meeting in Hollywood is stressful, and this book has so much to offer. They cover full presentations as well as "elevator pitches," which happen more often. Most writers are not that great at presentations, and this book teaches you how to lay out the idea simply and clearly in a way that will sell it. I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ricky on April 28, 2014
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This book is informative and up to date. Having the perspective of both sides, the writer and producer, we see how an experienced writer thinks as well as what a producer would be looking to hear. It gives a great inside perspective, which is especially valuable to someone who is just getting started and needs a foundation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Twiggy Twerpkiss on April 12, 2014
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We'll see the real value of it after our circumventing. But I certainly feel I know a lot more than I did two days ago, before I read this. The advice seems to make sense.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on April 9, 2014
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This book will help break down your cliche notion of the "Hollywood Pitching Salesman" for the real and honest thing a pitch is - how to communicate an idea from your brain to another person's brain in an efficient manner.

I highly recommend this for anyone looking to enter the film business; however, reading the book once won't be enough to master the material. In fact an entire semester of being taught by these two is a humbling experience in learning the challenge of what it takes to make for a good pitch. Pitching is not easy, but this book will demystify a significant amount of the process and alleviate a substantial amount of fear/overwhelming anxiety in seeking out a career future within the show business.

Overall, this is a great first edition packed full of useful information that can only enhance one's abilities, knowledge, and career!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Sherwood on March 29, 2014
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In the industry, Ken Aguado is what we call a "Writer's Producer", and thank God producers like him exist. He understands the how the industry works from all perspectives and knows how to best attack every situation.

I broke in by selling a pitch to TBS way back in 2001. I still remember that day. How nervous I was. In hindsight, I was lucky to sell my pitch at all, as I'm pretty sure I just rambled along with no thought to how my story was being presented to Tana Nuegent Jamison, the then head of the network. If only I'd had this book back then, I think I would have probably wet my pants a lot less and had far more confidence in what I was doing.

This book has everything a writer looking to break into the business can ask for. It's concise, well-written and clearly explains the reasoning behind the unwritten "rules" of Hollywood. After more than 15 years of having an agent and being "in the business", reading "The Hollywood Pitching Bible" still felt like a lightbulb going off over my head. This is an essential part of any writer's library.

Ask yourself a question: "Is the price of this book worth the career I want?"

Then listen to your answer.

Jeff Sherwood, Member Writers Guild of America
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