Bafta and Stellar Pitch Up! – pitching tips

I went to Bafta Pitch Up!, the TV drama and comedy pitching event the academy runs with the Stellar Network, and while I wasn’t pitching I came away with some great tips on pitching.

The advice comes from the best source possible – the panel of TV experts and producers on the panel, and the ones who ultimately decided which of the ten writers pitching would get to chat with the expert of their choice about their idea.

A lot of this advice can be found among the best books on writing and storytelling, but there’s nothing like hearing it fresh from the horse’s mouth.


Site of the week: Script Consultant

Professional level writing is tricky so it’s no surprise there is a glut of sites claiming to help make scriptwriters into pros. For a price.

This is why Script Consultant is the site of the week. Philip Shelley is a freelance script consultant, and yes he charges for pitching and other advice – after all, he has to make a living – but he gives a lot away free of charge.

For example, his latest article is on how to come up with ideas, full of top tips such as reading professional scrtipts – sounds obvious but I’m surprised at the amount of (wannabe) writers who barely look at successful examples of the finished product before putting ink to paper.

His regular email newsletter also has a wealth of advice and you can sign up now from his home page – so what are you waiting for?