We’ve talked a lot in the past about making great tape — and how NOT to go broke producing it — but what goes in a pitch tape? How long should it be? What are the must have ingredients? More importantly, should you even make one?
Your Questions Finally Answered
Many, many of you have written and asked about making pitch tapes. Today’s episode will give you the answers you need (and remind you that a pitch tape is not the only way to make yourself valuable.)
Have a listen to today’s podcast to find out
- what other ingredients should go in a pitch tape
- how a format tape is different than a docu tape
- why you probably don’t want to make a format tape in the first place
- why you might not want to make a pitch tape at all.
- a lot more!
Press the giant red “Play” button above for the answers.
How About a Sample?
As we mention in this week’s episode, you’re best off trying to break in with a docu-soap or hybrid pitch tape based on real characters.
(Don’t know what these words mean? See Pitch Reality TV Shows and Documentary Series with These 5 Magic Words.)
There’s probably no better example than this series trailer for the original season of Pawn Stars. We’d start here, then get the tape to the 3 to 6 minute range by adding extended interviews from the characters:
Now have a listen to the podcast ep and fill in all the blanks. It will be 17 minutes well spent. Press the giant red “play” button above — and make the right decisions about your pitch tape.
Transcript coming soon!
Now you know what goes in a pitch tape. When you decide to make one, you’re gonna pitch it to us, right? Let’s make some TV togehter!
Read our in-depth page about how to pitch us a show. It also talks about what it’s really like to work in our business, the unscripted TV and film industry.