Many filmmakers use the approach of creating a trailer for the film they would like to make. The idea is that if they make a stellar trailer, that the money people will invest in the project. This has truly grown in popularity with the advent of crowdfunding and the need to show your skills in your pitch videos for Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Kevin O’Brien is a writer/director in Florida, and in this blog from Filmmaking Stuff, he shares his insight on how to make a pitch trailer.
In this article, he covers the steps from the beginning research (“Watch Tons of Trailers”) to the process of figuring out which scenes from the film should be included (“Work Out Pictch Trailer Logistics”). His result is a very enticing trailer for a film I would love to see get made!
Here is Kevin’s article with some great tips in it:
HOW TO SHOOT A PITCH TRAILER
The script is ready. The money is not. As a writer and director on my first feature, I anticipated the process of finding investors to be difficult. I did not expect it to seem impossible.
After countless rejections, I decided to turn to Kickstarter.
Kickstarter was one path on my journey toward funding. And one of my major goals in the campaign was to grow my audience – to get people talking about and following my film. I also knew that besides all the details on the Kickstarter page, I would need a killer pitch trailer… (Full Article)