There inevitably comes a moment, at the end of every phone pitch, when, after concluding my spiel, I am met with complete and utter silence. It can last anywhere from approximately one to five seconds but, in those one to five seconds, my mind always drifts to the distinct and horrific possibility that the call dropped five minutes into the pitch and I have just been talking to myself for the past half an hour. I mean, in a perfect world, pitches are, if not interactive, then at the very least provocative, spurring the person on the other end of the line to ooh, aaah, un-hunh and, hopefully, laugh at the right moments. Devoid of these conversational prompts, it really feels like you’re talking to yourself which, in turn, causes you to entertain the notion that the people you are engaging may have simply muted the call, taken a stroll down to Starbucks, ordered a grande Americano and an apple fritter, and returned in time for the big finish.
Fortunately, in this case, the individual we were pitching asked all the right follow-up questions related to tone, theme, story and character arcs which seemed to bode well, indicating that he was interested enough to have at least followed the sum entirety of my verbal dish.
So what does this mean?
But how do I think it went?
Haven’t a clue.
It’s a fantastic project looking to land at the perfect home where it should be shepherded by a very smart, seasoned exec with a respect for the genre. So there’s that.
While I didn’t get the hoped for “How soon can you start?!”, I also didn’t get the dreaded “Please remove my number from your phone list.”.
Look, there’s no single right way to pitch. On the other hand, there are seemingly endless wrong ways to proceed, too innumerable to get into. From a purely creative and structural approach, I think the pitch went well. Lots of great jumps scares. Lots of great character moments. Lots of instances of dark humor. A fairly detailed game plan for the first episode and the season as a whole. A solid blueprint for each of the main character arcs covering multiple narrative progressions. Hints of twists, turns, shocks and surprises. A suggestion of the emotional heart at the core of the series.
But did it resonate?
Well, it looks like we’ll find out later this week.
In the meantime, as you were…