How To Sell Your Movie Idea

If you want to sell your movie idea and actually get your movie made, you need to stop procrastinating and take action.

To do this, start the process by breaking your BIG filmmaking project into small, manageable chunks.

How do YOU plan on taking your movie project from script to screen?

Do you plan on finding prospective investors outside of Hollywood to fund your movie? Or do you plan on moving to Hollywood and then networking your way through the studio system?

Sell Your Movie Idea

How To Sell Your Movie Idea

1. What Are You Selling?

Everybody has an idea. Trust me. The other day, while waiting to get my oil changed, I sat within earshot of two idiots pitching movie ideas to each other.

Both thought the other was gonna jump at the chance to “produce” each other’s epic story. The problem was, both of these yahoos wanted the same thing – to get THEIR movie made.

(And both bragged about knowing some movie star.)

In this example, even if these guys were real, there was no buyer in the conversation, just sellers.

Before you make your pitch, make sure you’re actually pitching to a buyer. And secondly, make sure the buyer actually cares about what you’re selling.

2. Make Sure Your Movie Is More Than An Idea

Everybody in Hollywood has an idea for a movie. Everybody thinks they can write screenplays. Everybody thinks they are special.

Everybody is crossing their fingers, waiting and praying that SOMEONE ELSE will recognize their talent and sprinkle them with Hollywood famous fairy dust.

Ideas are everywhere and ideas are worth less than something tangible.

If you want to be taken seriously, make sure you have more than an idea. I suggest having the rights to an outstanding story, or some money in the bank, or the interest of a NAME actor. At least this is something.

3. Speak The Language Of Your Buyer

Everybody asks: What’s in it for me? If you don’t get this, you will pitch water to fish – with no success. (Fish do not need additional water!)

While I enjoy all movies, my own interests involve skateboarding, time travel and science fiction that explores theories of physics. I also like knowing if there is an easily accessible market.

Is there a niche target audience for your story?

Story aside, some people are interested in helping you because they think it will help them get laid, make more money or simply feel good on the golf course, bragging that that they are now a film producer.

What does your buyer want? If you do not know, you have no business pitching.

If this aspect of film producing seems totally cray, cray and you never sold a thing, I highly recommend you get some sort of sales job. This will teach you cold calling skills, how to face rejection and if you’re good, you might just make few bucks in the process.

Or you could just grab a copy of my buddy Scott’s book – Writing For The Greenlight. In it, you will find out what Hollywood script readers, producers, and studio executives want in a screenplay (and why) from someone who’s been there. Grab your copy now.

Comments

  1. Lorraine says

    Brandon is right about people liking ‘Heaven and Hell’ movies. But, my idea for that is different! I thought it would be great, to give ALL of the rockers (we have left living!) to get into a good music/rock movie! How about… ‘Rock and Roll Heaven’ ? My character, Dave (I named him after a friend, he was a 60’s musician and gave up fame… for the ‘needle’). But, my story for Dave goes. Sets this back into the 80’s., Dave has a popular band . Their biggest hit was “Is there a Rock and Roll Heaven”? And his band was chosen, to open at an outdoor arena. Dave, he has an attitude; nothing stands in his way, even a thunderstorm warning! His band hears rumbles, he ignores it. Dave is onstage… waving..ppl are clapping, etc. And as soon he starts to open the first few words of ‘Is There A Rock and Roll Heaven?” A bolt of lightening hits in the back hills of the stage! Knocks Dave flat out on his back! He goes into a LONG COMA, and sees ‘Rock and Roll Heaven! I already have the idea who can play ‘RNR God’ David Bowie! How about it??

  2. Rob says

    I have great ideas all the time and i love movies but with out the proper education these are just dreams and thats cool its good to dream its the same thing as a movie if it brings you joy for even a brief moment thats a good thing but if its something you really love go to school for it no matter what your age is and do it for the joy cause odds are it will never be for money

  3. Rob says

    Seriously i have an idea for saw 8 the other 7 sucked so bad im sure they wouldnt mind if i made one

  4. Kanga Australia says

    I am an Australian screenwriter and have finished three screenplays including a trilogy and have tried pitching them to Hollywood and indies but couldn’t get pass their watchdogs. I have all the log lines and one page synopsis and they are also registered with AWGwest. Have you got any advice?

  5. Brandon says

    People love heaven and hell movies. I figure Matt Damon as the main character. Hades develops a plan to over throw the heavens. In order to do so, he needs to do something impossible. Capture an innocent soul and bring it to hell. This would over throw the balance causing chaos. While in hell, BOB, ( we’ll name him for now ) needs to escape. Zeus finding out about this sends an angel to hell to help Bob escape. They go jason bourne in hell and have a limited time to get through hells gates and return to heaven before Armageddon arises.
    6/16/15 8:58 pm.

  6. Brandon says

    I dont know if this is already a movie or not. If it is, im dumb. Two childhood friends become adults. One becomes a lawyer. The other, a skilled hitman. Lawyer is on a case he’s going to win, so the mob hire the hitman to take out a target. His friend, the lawyer and witnesses. This could be made into a comedy, thriller, or a mixture of both.
    6/16/2015. 8:51 pm.

  7. Jodi McKenna says

    A true story similar to the movie “Not Without My Daughter.” If interested in reading my memoir, please contact me.

  8. says

    I am a disabled senior PUBLISHED AUTHOR. I have written 5 books, and several screenplays. I have had great reviews in which I was told the book I wrote some year back would make a excellent movie
    A story about direction and the formative years, how misdirection can lead to turmoil and unavoidable hardships. Life lessons.

    At some point, we have to take full responsibility for our actions. Good and bad.

    During my youth, I lived the kind of life I wanted to live. Now, during the Autumn of my years I’m paying for it. If you start off in life with a PLAN for your life, you’ve already won half the battle.

  9. Anthony hargreaves says

    Hi long shot but have some amazing ideas in not much of a writer but concept is amazing don’t really want to say the titles or story line but I can’t name one movie out at sea that’s was amazing and also have and amazing marvel idea not shore if it would be aloud but think I heard something about it been frencheyed ?? Would love advise help ect

  10. saheed adewole says

    hello I have an idea that will touch he lives of many. it will be a movie that will guaranteed make waves. thought provoking, tearful, fear, anger, dis trust, amazement. This needs to be made asap as it affects everyone right now. it will touch everyone on every level from the old to the young, rich to poor. please call me

  11. adi kul says

    Hey Dear All, I am from India (Mumbai (Bollywood)), I have so many ideas and short story which I havent published any where. I usually wrote poems and articles for Marathi (One of the largest speacking languages) magzines from India. I want to know,how one can help me to get my stories into motion picture?

  12. angel says

    This movie idea I have is a blockbuster in the likes of the hunger games and planet of the apes. Its a science fiction based on our time with a twist that will make the twilight zone seem like disney land. I am in no way a film student or affiliated with film making but I have a real vivid imagination and have seen a great deal of movies in my life. I dont know how to get started but I need to have this film made not only because it will be a multi million dollar movie but because the concept is so simple and yet no one has ever used this idea.

  13. says

    I have an idea of script but my English is not so good. if some one coordinate me with Urdu language spoken in Pakistan & India please contact via email given

  14. Francisco says

    I dont want any money, what i really would like is to see this Film on the big screen.

    My only concern of this Idea if it would make some people mad or uncomfortable about it. Well Its a mix of two movies everyone has watched. One is related to racial profile(which i don’t want to make it that way) and the other of everyday life we live in the big city.

    I cant ask for money when i dont know if this can be play. but it would be nice to see my name on the credits. :)

  15. monkey hanger says

    Evening. PLEASE read. I’m from hartlepool and I’m not sure if anyone realises this but we are in the history books for hanging a monkey. I want to see a film about this. I have many ideas that are strange, unusual and completely different to the stereotypical ideas these days. I moved to Houghton-Le-Sprint which is next to a town called stanley, home of beamish (county Durham). I have a horror thriller idea I’d like to set there.

    Contact me for further information. Thanks. Ian

  16. Nick Wolff says

    I have many ideas for movies I just can’t write a script I would love to collaborate with someone who can.

  17. susan chilembo says

    hello, i have stories for sale of an African old set up.
    i want to sale my story as well, i have been through a lot and my life is reason to many teen and women out there.
    interested & trustworthy peoples to contact me then we get started.

  18. iMDAD aLI says

    I have write a movie idea. The idea is full of happy, tears, education, love, peace, stability, smuggling, two rich man one honest and other is greedy of money. Idea around a boy is very simple, honest, trustworthy, lovely and want to work for those disadvantage people to stand on their foots.
    I am not a cheating man.

    If you want idea give me 1,000,000 USD – I will send the agreement.

  19. AJAY SANDEEP says

    hi sir this is ajay from ANDHRA PRADESH located in INDIA i have a variety love story and defenately its breaks the sentimental hearts give me one chance i will show my ability to explain a story finally believe me sir i had a great story.
    thanking you,
    yours AJAY

  20. Tammy says

    Greetings fellow earthling, when I was in high school I wrote a book based on true events in my life I stopped because my own book began to scare me. Now I have built up courage to not block it out anymore, so I am going to get people to role play the events for me, random friends, and im going to record video cam a normal cheap one because im poor haha, if you want to see into things bit more find me on facebook. sweet dreams xx

  21. Patrizia Davis says

    Please contact me I have a been writing (BB3) Bad Boys III, I have an idea for this movie that will top the charts please contact me great writing ideas……..

  22. hamed says

    Hello Sir. Can I just write a story? I don’t have experiences to make a movie. How can I share my story in a legal way? I have a story about virus. It is 100% different. Help me. I don’t want money. I just want to improve my creative writing. I live in Afghanistan. I contacted Indian directors many times, but they don’t help me. Thanks.

  23. Clouds says

    I have a movie and about the last flying humans on earth. Who is interested should contact me.

  24. a.abdulwahab says

    I have a very good mermaid romance story.But i don’t have proper guidance for hollywood entry.
    My story will give a avatar result if it been picturised with lattest advance 3d techniqs,
    i have been striving hard to achieve it.

  25. Dustin Dunbar says

    I have the next big thing since the purge for an idea not only its entertaing its prophecy contact me!!

  26. John Johnson says

    I swear to god I have a 100% unique and original teen comedy movie idea that would be a guaranteed box office hit, lets cut the bullshit; everyone here has stupid delusional ideas. I know what im talking about, if you want a REAL idea, then message me.

  27. brian nkwito says

    Ive got a whole series on paper but actually i don’t know what magic I’m gonna perform to transform my play from script to screen. may some person help me out please!!!!!!!

  28. EVERETTE C. NICOLLS says

    I have eighty-five feature length production ready screenplays. Any investors or producers available?

  29. Bill M says

    I have a true story about an Iraq soldier that was killed. I have his complete journal from start to finish. I was wondering if this can be sold for a movie or book? Bill

  30. Kenny Harris says

    I have been thinking for a long time on how to go about selling an idea and I’m hoping someone sees this to email me about it

  31. tyree says

    Can we follow the same formula for a movie idea that is a remake of an already released film.

  32. bala 2k says

    I am a Cameroonian scholar who has great film ideas and scripts to market which can find a place in any society please help me ease this job.thanks

  33. Bjorn April says

    I have a great idea for a movie, I am a Rocky fan and it cant be the final goodbye for Stallone in his Rocky franchise.

  34. Arthur K Webster says

    I have a great idea on a movie that will be worth your while and I know that there are a lot of people that say the same thing ,but I’m a beginner but my ideas are very much some of the best.I’m looking to hear from you. Thank you.

  35. Kevin says

    I am trying to find people who can help me get a career in film making started. Ideas to work with film companies like Disney. If anyone is reading this and knows of ways to help me, let me know.

  36. Shari says

    I have a movie idea, its a true story about a SECRET CHRISTIAN BULLY WHO NEVER GOT AWAY WITH IT. Everyone has movie ideas but mine will blew you away. Please contact me

  37. says

    Hi JXM – I have exactly the same thoughts myself. Especially the comments with spelling mistakes and typos… But alas, this is all part of the blogging fun.

  38. JXM says

    There’s no way most of these comments are real. Seriously? Not just one but several people saying “call me” or “email me” in a website comment to sell a screenplay idea and not leaving any information to follow up?

    I have a hard time believing the writers of this site aren’t just goofing on all of you and padding the comments to set an example of what not to do.

    I have scripts – not just ideas, actual screenplays – but the hell if I’m going to randomly offer them up to a blog, and I highly doubt any legitimate writer would ever do this either.

  39. WUG says

    My idea is so secret even my family don’t know about it because I won’t tell them until they read my will. My age (65 years young) right now doesn’t give me much time to deal with having to go through the process of contacting people that can make my idea become a reality, so if the (family) wants to continue my movie idea once I am gone than it’s up to them to do it or abandon the idea. (The only way I would do it now is, if contacted by people that can make it happen in due time).

    I have never seen a movie or read a book about my idea and maybe someone in the future may think of it because it is something quite common that happens on a daily basis. I know others have mentioned the same phrase, so I think I have said too much and I better stop before I give out my treasured idea of my potential future movie idea. I am not a professional writer (I wish I was), but only someone that writes in Blogs and somehow make others mad, when they seldom agree with my thoughts.

  40. yassien smaili says

    I have the movie of the year believe it or not. Contact me and you will nor regret. I need a serious person who is interested to make a big movie that will cost a lot to make. But it will make much more. A lot of action, science fiction and fantasy.

  41. Disappointed says

    Wow, it is as if no one actually read the piece. Ideas are worth nothing. Do something with it.

    (Good advice by the way)

    Everyone has an idea for a movie they think will be great – guess what, you don’t. If original movie ideas were that common the majority of movies wouldn’t be remakes, comic book adaptions or thinly veiled knockoffs. Original screenplays with decent story lines are rare. Well written ones even more so.

    I hopped on here wondering how I might position the novel I am writing.
    Working my tail off on it too but research is more fun than I thought it would be so no complaints…..

    Oh yeah – my story is also “original and a guaranteed hit”. LOL
    Actually the first 4 drafts will probably be garbage but the idea is solid. Guess that’s why there are so few writers out there. It’s actually hard work.

    Ideas are easy. **Apparently grammar and spelling isn’t though.
    I just hope no one has the same idea and can put it out before I get done in a couple of years.

  42. Rickie Hinrichs says

    I have an idea for a film about the plane disappearance from Malaysia. Please contact me.

  43. leyla says

    I have a great idea for a horror/thriller fantasy movie. I saw it in my dream. Just like a movie and believe me I woke up crying. Please contact me.

  44. CARLO YADAO says

    I am a Filipino. I want to make my movie (a love story) get seen on television.

    If you are interested, please email me the strategy. It is through story edited to be beautiful. If I can have a budget, I will make it. But I can’t make it because I don’t have the money.

    Please text me or email me. I promise you won’t regret it. We will be connected until the end!

  45. Larry Bridges says

    I believe everyone loves a good story. People have been telling stories since the beginning of time.

    I have over 12 that I wrote down and believe would be great. I like to read and I have a hard time finding books that attract my interests. I have noticed that the stories that are on the book selfs or the movies that are out there are not like any of my concepts.

    I believe I can bring something new to the big screen. However I’m strapped for cash. I do have the ideas. I Just need help getting off the ground. I’m looking for partners.

    I can guarantee results. I don’t need anything down and I don’t want to sell out cheap. I’m in it to win it. I don’t mind sharing.

    I also have a sequel. That one I won’t talk about until… Call me.

  46. tofiq shadafny says

    The next movie hit
    It will be amazing i hope you will ask me on email
    promise you wont lose

  47. roger nunn says

    I am amazed that most of the comments here do exactly what the article says not to do.
    They say that they have an original idea they would be willing to sell.
    Great, but everyone has those, and they are not worth anything as simple ideas.

    Come on people, get real and a bit more inventive.

  48. mido salah says

    I have something that can be a great idea for a Story movie.

    All details on my page on face book ….. (THE ARK)

    Thank You

  49. Melissa says

    I have acutally wrote a movie and I am currently working on the sequal. I haven’t yet registered my first movie with “The writers guild of america” just yet, the reason why I haven’t done this yet is because I am not sure about how to go about finding an agent, not too many days ago I emailed a director/producer. He responded back and asked to see a sample of my movie script. I sent him a couple of scenes and he said he’ll get back to me about how to go about finding an agent. This would definately be helpful. I need to get my script registered than I need to find that agent.

  50. Joseph Baidoo says

    I have a gift of story telling which can be developed into movies. On October 17th 2013 while using the bathroom my mind was suddenly “invaded” with a movie story which I carefully recorded. This is a gift from above which has not been exploited. If there is somebody out there that the Lord can use to make my story show on the big screen please get in touch.

  51. Glenn Albert says

    I have a movie idea, whether its great or not well depend on who its produced by. It has the potential to reach a broad audience and create a stir if not buzz throughout English speaking countries. Although it is only an idea that needs to be put on paper, it is a novel idea from a cultural perspective that would give majority of the audience a chance to view and see something they would probably never see in their life time.

    Please contact me if interested

  52. Joshua says

    200 people heard my movie idea and all said it was perfection . The problem is I suffer from ADD and OCD . So my story is locked within my mind unable to place on paper .

    I got the start the end and all in between to create a 3 part movie within my mind . Dark and uplifting . This story I created over 10 years through personal life moments . If I could just find a writer to listen to me for a week he would have a story and I could make an adventurer come to life .

  53. Cristian says

    Like the other people before me, I have an idea for a movie. Is for a SF movie and I would love to see something similar on cinemas. I am a big film fan for 2 decades.

    If someone is interested please contact me at cristian.buzatu(at)gmail.com.

  54. David j Batson sr says

    I have a movie idea with the fly title that no one has ever heard before. it is a killing mystery . all i need is someone to listen to my idea . i am willing to sell the title and movie to the wright person or persons. please can some contact me by my gmail acount as soon as possiable.

  55. says

    I believe I have a GREAT idea for a movie. I just need an HONEST person with knowledge to contact me. I believe my idea has the potential to be made into a tv series (like start gate, star trec, etc,,,) If anyone out therecan help, please contact me at osagemann at yahoo thanks

  56. says

    I think I have a GREAT idea for a movie. It has the possibilities to move through many different areas. I just need an HONEST person to contact me about it. I believe it has the potential to be a tv series…I believe, it’s that good!!! osagemann at yahoo.com Looking for any HONEST help….

  57. almamy fofana says

    i cant post my movie ideal help me make abook about first 200pages i am note a writher or make a comic book i pain art i never sale any so know i wil stard a comic book how will publish i don have the maney my wish to read one thousand best book but they is a problem i am a slow reader money is prbm again i try to go to acting universty for my own cartoon but money is the prblm again know i am geting very old i guist is not too late i am still young i feel tire like i am old toomuch work for lest make me feel old work and be broke funy the way life is disieng by .,,poverty alow me to divoce you for good bey bey poverty i am rich in the imaginairy place how wil take adantage to get more for one million only if you feelty rich is lot of money for man like me milion dollard make me cry toomuch to realise whith it

  58. almamy fofana says

    what is the purpers to be rich joix and power rich people hope for more moeny everyday hour minutes none stop. i allway imagine something big in my small head .sometime i live like a millionaire the my imagination to make my self happy like having my own airplane reaustaurent my own fine house every place on earth well know by public well respected with good beavios ordinaire people notice your arrive all thetime power of moeny is the key to stard al that porverty is very bad how bad i cant discrib it i experience it for so long is like living in hell without dieng yet is shamfull is the worst decisse i only play with my imagination i know porvety is they for purple whis i cant discrable my movie ideal is far from this rich people my hate it bank may fear i have a low degret edication as kid i need to work take care of my self open the door of your opportunity to me

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