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Why You Need a Pitch Deck and a Sizzle Reel to Make a Short Film (and How to Make One)

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Finance & Funding 10th Aug 2017 Mentorless


In my experience, the pitch deck helped bring onboard not only my first investor and executive producer, but also other collaborators, sponsors, and crowdfunders. It’s common in advertising or feature films, and it shouldn’t be different for shorts, especially if it’s an ambitious short that requires you to go out and fundraise. My short film Roberta’s Living Room (currently in post-production) is one such example, and I now realize the importance of the pitch deck and reel in the development, financing and pre-production process.

 

What Is a Film Pitch Deck?

A film pitch deck is essentially a presentation material that introduces the film. It should comprehensively introduce the storyline, who’s involved so far, what makes it special, and ultimately win over the hearts of those in front of it.

It typically starts with a cover page and can include: a synopsis, a mood board (reference images), the director’s intent, cast members, filmmakers (writer, director, producer, DP, etc.), production info, contact info, and the distribution strategy if you have one.

 

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