Tips on pitching an animated series. Tips on pitching an animated series.

In the first part of our multi-part series about tips for pitching and selling an animated series, we explored some of the fundamentals of setting up a pitch presentation.

With that foundation established, we can now layer on the next step, which is learning how to communicate ideas clearly. Oftentimes at pitching forums and markets, a creator has only 10 to 15 minutes to present their entire idea. The quality of the idea is important, but equally important is communicating that idea to the audience in as clear and concise a manner as possible.

As noted in the first part, please remember that pitching practices vary all over the world, so not every pitch tip will apply to every pitching situation. For example, in the United States, most animated series are not pitched at production forums in the presence of distributors and broadcasters. It is important to do your research beforehand and understand to whom you’ll be pitching your project and in what format. Though these tips are based on experiences at European markets specifically, you will find that most of the tips will be applicable to other pitching situations as well.

Keep it brief

Make your pitch as compact as possible. If you try to communicate too much at once, you’ll end up communicating nothing at all.

Tips on pitching an animated series.
Stick to the program

When you have a lot to say about your project, pitching can easily become messy. Make sure that you stick to the program and are not all over the place.

Tips on pitching an animated series.

If you pitch with several people, think about ways to divide the talking, like bouncing between each chapter.

Tips on pitching an animated series.
Use your slides to communicate

Make your slides support what you say. Thoughtful design choices can help the audience absorb information more easily.

Tips on pitching an animated series.
Explain if something is temp

Mention it when something you show is not indicative of the final product, like the visual style. Then explain what it is going to be like.

Tips on pitching an animated series.
Make your designs fit your target group

Even if your visual materials are just temporary sketches, make sure they fit your target group.

Tips on pitching an animated series.
Find the right tone

The tone of your pitch should correctly reflect the tone of your project.

Tips on pitching an animated series.

If you’re pitching a dark/gloomy/serious project, then lead towards the happier/lovely/beautiful side of it. Otherwise it can scare off the audience, especially when you’re doing a project for kids.

Tips on pitching an animated series.
Choose your words carefully

The way you describe your project sets expectations, so choose your words carefully. Be especially careful with generic, subjective words (‘funny’ for example). Rather, use very specific words.

Tips on pitching an animated series.
Share the ending

Tell your audience how your story ends. Keeping the ending a secret is not cool – it’s just inconvenient.

Tips on pitching an animated series.
Keep repeating the format

Keep mentioning the format, at every chance you get. People tend to forget easily.

Tips on pitching an animated series.

Next week, we’ll continue the series with a look at building trust in a pitch.

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Tunde Vollenbroek

Tunde Vollenbroek

Tunde Vollenbroek is a writer at Cartoon Brew, focusing on issues related to professional development. She is currently the head of programming at KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, and a producer at Studio Pupil.

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