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.

get movie moneyIf 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 the Indie Producer’s Guide To Film Finance and find out how to meet and build relationships with prospective investors.

Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Rickie Hinrichs says

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. tofiq shadafny says

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Rodrigo says

    Just had to read a few of the comments to realize it would be a waste of time to say “I have a movie idea, its unique and has never been though or shown before, it would make all these out-of-space movies after Independence Day seem crapy, as they really are”

  16. RPB says

    My movie idea is easy to grasp, appeals to a large demographic and revolves around current affairs. Pls. contact me to discuss further.

  17. shalom says

    I have a true life story to tell. Its thrilling, full of suspenc n unique. It can be developed to seasonal movie. Need a writter to listen to me n put down d idea. Contact me.

  18. Christy Figueroa says

    I have many life experiences and I would like to meet with someone that can write it down and sell my story to the producers to make a movie. I come from a Christian home that has a lot of secrets. My story is about family incest, bitter divorce, life on the streets and the Separation of a marriage of 2 sweethearts. My husband spent all his money on drugs and lost his job the next day. He is living with a fat lady that’s taking care of him. I am waiting for his return home.

  19. Hayatou krama says

    Hi, My name is Hayatou.
    I have always been a dedicated HOLYWOOD Fan with an interest of almost every genre of movies. I have an idea for a movie that I think is very original and never thought of before. I only can describe it as thought-provoking idea. It could be classified as having the effect of A.I by Steven Spielberg, but it is even more thought* provoking and deep. What I think makes it very special is the way in which it pertain to the human race in general. Is about each and every individual around the globe: very specific in a sense and concerning each individual too, in another sense. I would imagine the impression of a movies build around it as : a movie that will promote peace all around the world just in one sitting.

  20. says

    drEam MoIve iS RigHt HerE.
    Now that i have your attention please hear me out just for a moment. I’m in multiple film classes and have a million dolor film idea that is a combination of two very popular movies combined to an action packed story that the audience of everyone could relate to with good vs evil rising action and alot of twist. the script is still a work in the progress but the idea is genuine, any writer/producer interested please email me or message me on Facebook, i am looking for any type of partner, you never know, we might get rich fast ;)

  21. Harley Teter says

    I have a movie idea that I think is good. It’s original (haven’t found anything like it) and I’m willing to sell it to anyone who can make it into a real movie. All I ask is 10 grand singing bonus and my name in the credits. That’s it. I don’t want anything else out if it, no more money than the 10 grand, and no money from sales. Once I sell it, it and all royalties belong to that person/company. Again, all I ask is 10 grand and my name in the credits. If interested email me at [email protected]

  22. Erica Gregory says

    Myself and my Group are currently finishing a book on The Moors Murders. For the past 14 months we have been looking for the victim of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, we are a paranormal group who visited the area for the first time in November 2011 and found bones near to a grave area of one of the victims, we went back a week later to another area and found a shovel that Myra stated they had buried after the murder of Keith Bennett. We have since found many symbols in that area, and I myself have written to Ian Brady for the past 12 months, and have taken on a book he wrote ,,which is in cryptic, in that book is where the grave is situated. I have decrypted most of the book , and worked on other things that no one else has. I have figured out Brady’s plans , but also him. A book is going to be published in the next 6 weeks we are currently finishing this with the help of a member of one of the victims family. I have taken Brady on and we know that he is reacting on what I send as we have been told. If we are right on this we also have more victims that we can link them to. What no body has understood is what the pair were actually using and doing as part of their life at the time of the murders. This will I now believe make a very good film , not just what we have done and still doing and how we have managed this with the use of EVP, Electronic Voices of the paranormal , giving us cryptic messages via our voice recorders , and from many places. I have used what I and the group have been given , and found links to things that have now been proven to be correct. This will make people think that this is far fetched , but we have many witnesses and have been in contact with the cold case team who are holding all info on the Moors murders. Worsley Paranormal group can be found , Google us we are on Facebook, and YouTube also. You can hear our work on the Paranormal . We are now digging in a spot we found more bones in the area of the shovel and other items. The book will be published by the time Brady goes to trial in June. I need advice on how we go about doing this.

  23. Vasili says

    My name is Vasil, I’m a writer from Tbilisi, Georgia. I have a short story of mystic genre based on Christian materials focused on faith. This is also based on real facts of my life.
    In order to have more clear imagination about the story I`ll give you farther information.
    The house where I live has basements one of which belongs to my family. I’ve always liked to rummage in things especially the old ones. In my childhood there was a huge chest in the basement and I always wanted to open it up and look into it. But my grandmother used to forbid me to touch the chest, so it seemed to be locked for me.
    I was fourteen of age when my grandmother died. I loved her so much that her death made me awfully sad. In spite of my great sadness I could not get rid of thinking about the old chest. One nice day I secretly took a key and unlock the chest. To my surprise there was a heap of old things inside it. But I didn’t search for much because something alike a diary took my attention. Its cover was so thin and worn out that it tore into pieces as I touched. This was an uncompleted manuscript of just twelve sheets, depicting the story of a seventeen-year-old orphan boy named Thomas. But, there ware instructions to follow and complete the story. By that time I was inexperienced and I didn’t have enough education to continue writing the story but it inspired me to try my hand in writing later and completed the story later.
    Since I finished writing I want it to be published. I’ve recently translated my short story from Georgian into English. I hope that my work will be saved with you but I have a question. Do you want the whole manuscript to read or just 30 pages to have a look at it?
    Thanks,
    Vasil

  24. 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

  25. 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 .

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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

  29. 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….

  30. 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

  31. 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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