And maybe, just maybe, that message will still be readable after plummeting through the air at a hundred miles an hour, and landing on top of a truck. Movie executives are short on time and hard to impress, so often respond best to pitches that reference other movies. You have to respect boundaries. The most common form of screenplay pitch is the “elevator pitch”—so named as it should only take around sixty seconds to deliver. What puts it in the terrible list, though, is the scriptwriter who thought that an alien shoot em up was just the vehicle for a jingoistic movie about the real meaning of Independence Day. Why? Practice it in front of the mirror. That’s your elevator pitch. Be sure to give them their space. What’s it about? Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. Of course, snakes aren’t that good at facial recognition, so in order to kill the right snitch, they have to kill everyone else too. A drug lord, a rapist, and a criminal mastermind are on board, along with a snitch, a diabetic and One Good Man. Some writers may look down upon this process as oversimplifying their projects, but that’s not the point. The whole thing is stupid. But asking viewers to believe that after 2 hours of running, jumping and killing people wearing nothing but a wife-beater T-shirt, Nicolas Cage still has that stupid bunny, is straining credulity too far. So there’s that. What's an elevator pitch, and how can it help your career? Back in 1986 it was still OK to make fun of people from other countries, apparently, especially if they spoke with a ‘funny’ accent. The Elevator Pitch has been around for decades and is utilized in many forms within many different industries. In 1998, Armageddon was the year’s highest grossing movie. There is also an evil megalomaniac, some scientists, an earnest primatologist, a blue diamond and some vicious talking gorillas that make Planet of Apes look like a chimps tea party. The movie starred John Travolta as the bad guy and Christian Slater as the other one. not pictured: Tom Wright (already wrapped), Philip Sedgwick photographer. Bruce Willis played John McClane in a spacesuit and his crew were mostly motley. But the plot, like Cage’s accent, was all over the place, and audience incredulity, which was already strained by Cage’s hair, was about to get a whole lot worse. Crocodile Dundee was a film about an American reporter who travels to the Australian outback to meet a bushman who wrestles crocodiles, and whispers with water buffalo. A common elevator pitch is for students and interns looking for jobs at a job fair. Behind the Scenes Pics. Remember Con Air? Not so much action hero as action douchebag. One with a plot. 10 Famously Bad Movies You Didn’t Know Were Secret Masterpieces, Top 10 Mysterious People Who Should Have Movies Made…, Top 10 Lamest Horror Movies That Should Have Been Terrifying, 10 Terrifying Serial Killers You've Never Heard…, 10 Movies That Were Meant To Have Sequels But Never Got Them, Top 10 Horrific True Crime Cases You Should Never Web Search, Top 10 Cool Car Hacks Every Driver Should Know, Top 10 Things You Should Do To Prepare For Your Own Death, 10 Times When Reality TV Went Too Far – 2020, Top 10 Discoveries That Wouldn’t Exist Without Nazi Germany, Top 10 Spokesmen With Bizarre And Tragic Pasts, 10 Of The Most Unflattering Nicknames Given To Royals, Top 10 Fascinating Facts From Classic Comedies – 2020, Top 10 Stupid Mistakes That Ended A Serial Killer’s Career – 2020, Top 10 Strangest Farms From Around The World – 2020, Top 10 Most Important Nude Scenes In Movie History [Videos], 10 Brilliant Directors Who Were Notoriously Cruel, Top 10 ‘Star Wars’ Background Characters You Never Even Noticed, Top 10 Little-Known Facts About Nicolas Cage Movies. And land it. He doesn’t shoot him in the end, but the professor leaves his friends wondering if he’s really what he claimed to be. It all builds to the final moment of the wife having to give birth while her family has left her alone. Then they begin the countdown to an attack that will destroy the earth. Directed by Nina May. The more you know it, the more natural it will feel in the moment. Less is more. Armageddon took the trouble to ask Aerosmith to write the theme song. In many ways it had a lot going for it. And then take it from there. The bad guy releases the unactivated bombs and ejects. This gives them the context of your concept and allows more elaboration on where you are taking the concept that hopefully hooked them. You have to feel sorry for Bill Pullman.