Earlier this week a producer called and asked me to put together a pitch (or is it a take?) on a project he's developing.
Up to now I've always started with my own ideas, developed them, then just gone ahead and written the screenplay. So this thing is new on two fronts -- I'm going to tell him what I would do if I were going to write the screenplay; and I'm working off his idea (which is partially a remake, but not wholly).
For my non-screenwirting friends -- this is good training because most films are assignments based on existing properties or ideas of some sort. However, "good training" means I have no idea how to do it yet and I need to learn fast.
I figured I'd start with the normal trying to come up with an interesting twist on the idea then do an outline thing. That's usually a safe bet.
But then I remembered that there's lots of good advice available on the web -- from people with loads of experience at this. So I do a search of various screenwriting websites -- but I'm not very good at this and the best I come up with is this post at Wordplayer. That's definitely good advice for when I get to pitch in a room -- but not quite what I'm looking for.
So I'm hoping that this little public cry for help might result in some other screenbloggers posting their own advice about the assignment pitch.