Roadmap Exclusive Interview!
What elements are you most looking for when listening to a pitch?
An understanding that the writer has a clean cohesive knowledge of their whole project, start to finish, and an idea of which audiences (niches) the idea will serve
What's the most common mistake you see when writers pitch?
Getting too bogged down describing individual scenes rather than the big idea.
What makes you keep turning the page?
A skillfully crafted script which makes me ask questions at the right points (TV - at the act breaks, film at pgs 25-30, and 60).
What is one of the biggest pitfalls a writer can fall victim to when writing a script?
Not having an awareness of the market and who will actually show up and buy a ticket to see THIS project on screen rather than watch Netflix at home.
If you could have been part of any movie or TV show that's been out in the past 2 years, what would it be?
STRANGER THINGS or GLOW.
What is your biggest pet peeve to avoid during a pitch?
Telling me about other people's reviews of the scripts or awards that it's won or nominated for (which are NOT the Nicholl or Page).
Keep your pitches brief. Your sell is within the first minute. For TV, identify the story engine of your protagonist which lasts throughout the series. For films, don't pitch a synopsis. Only pitch your big idea and/or your first act. Make sure I know why this film has a place in the marketplace NOW, and which niche (or broad) audiences it serves.
Dan Scheinkman currently serves as the Feature Development Lead at Buzzfeed. He previously worked as Head of Scripted Development at Kickstart Entertainment (AMC's PREACHER, Amazon's THE BOYS, WANTED) and Vice President of Development at Le Vision Pictures USA (THE GREAT WALL). He has developed and/or set up multiple film and television projects with studios and in partnership with Scott Free (Ridley Scott), LuckyChap (Margot Robbie), Endeavor Content, and Unique Features. Dan has also worked as a development executive under Hal Lieberman (Producer/Former President of Production at Universal Pictures), Lawrence Bender (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS), Participant Media (COUNTDOWN TO ZERO), and for Abrams Artists Agency, The Gersh Agency, and APA.
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