SCWR 341 Pitching Seminar

Patrick Wimp

Spring 2022-2023
Class number: 39779
Section number: 601
M 1:30PM - 4:45PM
14EAS 00209 Loop Campus


Students will learn about various forms of pitching, including pitching existing spec scripts, new ideas, and developing takes on existing properties. They will learn tips and techniques for having successful meetings, including how to prepare and how to read the dynamics of a room. They will write, practice and workshop their own pitches.


Learning Outcomes

  • Devise strategies for showcasing the commercial attributes of portfolio projects

  • Apply student and instructor feedback to enhance story pitches

  • Develop a unique story pitch for an open writing assignment

  • Evaluate original ideas based on the current film and television markets

  • Create and revise story pitches for portfolio project




Attendance and Participation 10%

Five Minute Pitch 10%

OWA Pitch 20%

Television Series Story Pitch 20%

Feature Film Story Pitch 20%

Revised Final Pitch Project 20%

A= 100-93, A-=92-90, B+=89-88, B=87-83, B-=82-80, C+=79-78, C=77-73, C-=72-70, D+=69-68, D=67-63, D-=62-60, F=59-0.

A indicates excellence, B indicates good work, C indicates satisfactory work, D work is unsatisfactory in some respect, F is substantially unsatisfactory work.


DC 101 or 201


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Students with Disabilities

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