There’s an old-school trick to selling ideas to movie executives. It’s called the high-concept pitch.
A high-concept pitch lays out the entire story — premise, promise, and execution — in one simple sentence. Here are a few famous examples from Hollywood:
- Backdraft: Top Gun in a firehouse
- Ghost: a man dies and becomes his wife’s guardian angel
- Liar Liar: a lawyer is forced to tell the truth for 24 hours
- Hook: what if Peter Pan grew up?
There’s a number of things high-pitch concepts achieve, but they mainly bring together two completely different ideas and then demonstrate in the short pitch why your idea is different from others.
The applications for writers are endless. And the attention they can garner can be massive.