Few skills are more important for storytellers and filmmakers than the ability to pitch. Summing up your project in a minute or two could take as long as writing the script or making the film in the first place. Until now. We bring you the Pitch Clinic.
Few people know more filmmakers and authors than the legendary Michael Wiese. Over a forty-year film career, Michael has produced films and documentaries, written ten books and been pitched at the very highest level over three thousand times. Michael was the ‘bad’ guy in the chair at USA giant Vestron and then showtime. It was he who decided if your pitch would get the green light.
Michael has lost track of the exact number pitches he has heard, but it’s in the thousands. The video below shows how he actually met and pitched Salvador Dali:
Through his amazing journey through the highest echelons of Hollywood, Michael has mastered the art of pitching. More importantly, Michael has learned how to teach what makes a great pitch through his Pitch Clinic.
In a unique one-of-a-kind event, Michael will listen to your pitch and stage-manage your presentation. He will offer invaluable tips and tricks enabling you to better present your project to development executives and financiers.
What you will learn at Michael Wiese’s Pitch Clinic
Through exercises and demonstrations, Michael will show you how to deal with nerves. He will critique your story forcing you to go to the very basic emotion of the story enabling you to quickly and succinctly hone your pitch.
- stripping down a storyline
- choosing the right body language as a tool
- visual aids and how and when to use them
- project titles and why they matter
- overcoming jitters and nerves
What they are saying
I had the pleasure of working with Michael for several years presenting workshops for student filmmakers at the International Cannes Film Festival. Kodak sponsored student interns (over a hundred) working in The American Pavilion during the Cannes film festival
Michael presented a full day workshop to these students which dealt with independent film production, financing, development, and marketing and distribution. Of all the great things that happened to these students while at Cannes, Michael’s seminar was always a distinct highlight of their experience. He is a natural presenter who knows the nuances of the entire spectrum of independent production from a true insider’s perspective. He was spontaneous and creative with the students, and very skilled at involving them in pitching. His development tutorials are still being talked about by those who were there. The students always gave him high marks, he delivered on Kodak’s goals to promote film and understanding of the business, and it was a delight working with such an accomplished professional.
John Mason, Director of Eastman Kodak’s Worldwide Student Filmmaker Program
Who should attend
Screenwriters, film directors, documentary filmmakers, multi-format content creators, gaming creators and VR filmmakers will all benefit from this event. Don’t miss this chance to learn from a master.
More About Michael Wiese
Using the Pitch Clinic skills and techniques Michael learned early in his career, he produced a short parody called Hardware wars. The current Star Wars pays homage to this short. It has been seen millions of times.
Michael Wiese is a producer, director, author, and publisher. After producing the highly popular “Hardware Wars”, Wiese was an entertainment executive with Showtime and later Vice President of Vestron Video. He launched comedy lines with Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal and over 300 other videos. He was responsible for creating video lines for National Geographic, Smithsonian, NOVA and PBS.
He oversees Michael Wiese Productions which publishes a line of over 200 professional filmmaking books, His books are used in the major motion picture studios and in over 800 film courses throughout the world. For over 38 years, he has presented filmmaking seminars for Kodak, The AFI, The International Film & TV Workshops and many others throughout the world. He recently released “personal sacred journey” documentaries, “The Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas”, “The Shaman and Ayahuasca” and “Talking With Spirits”. He lives in Cornwall England with his family