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5.0 out of 5 starsVery much full of good information and Hollywood jargon with an Industry Slang portion ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2018
Very much full of good information and Hollywood jargon with an Industry Slang portion in the back. Not much room for creative thinking, pretty much a step by step of how the authors teach making the pitch for either Film or TV. Great information, helpful to understand how the gatekeepers in Hollywood need to be approached to possibly have a writer, director or producer's work considered. Practical and focused. Good read
In the industry, Ken Aguado is what we call a "Writer's Producer", and thank God producers like him exist. He understands the how the industry works from all perspectives and knows how to best attack every situation.
I broke in by selling a pitch to TBS way back in 2001. I still remember that day. How nervous I was. In hindsight, I was lucky to sell my pitch at all, as I'm pretty sure I just rambled along with no thought to how my story was being presented to Tana Nuegent Jamison, the then head of the network. If only I'd had this book back then, I think I would have probably wet my pants a lot less and had far more confidence in what I was doing.
This book has everything a writer looking to break into the business can ask for. It's concise, well-written and clearly explains the reasoning behind the unwritten "rules" of Hollywood. After more than 15 years of having an agent and being "in the business", reading "The Hollywood Pitching Bible" still felt like a lightbulb going off over my head. This is an essential part of any writer's library.
Ask yourself a question: "Is the price of this book worth the career I want?"
5.0 out of 5 starsWe may not like to pitch but we have to and this book ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2016
The Hollywood Pitching Bible is an illuminating book about a dark subject. We may not like to pitch but we have to and this book works hard to balance creativity and salesman ship. David Peoples & Janet Peoples
This is a down to earth, accessible and really smart how-to manual written by two guys who really know the terrain - they are industry pros who have sat on both sides of the table. Very thorough, great for someone new to the game, but also veteran writers will find fresh inspiration as well. Best of the bunch.
The practical approach and relatable method of practicing your pitch is an easy and fun way to improve pitching and take fear out of the equation. Ken Aguado's guidance helped me to enjoy pitching and relax.