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THE ART OF THE PITCH: How to sell your script to networks and studios

Event Description

You’ve just finished your first-or maybe your tenth- script and it’s good- maybe even great! So what’s the next step? How do you take the leap and ensure that your film is made? Creating a stellar log line, paragraph, one-pager and a presentation can mean the difference between your project not getting off the ground and an awesome finished product.

That’s why FilmGate Miami brings you our Art of the Pitch Interactive Workshop, designed to teach you how to prep your materials and your pitch and get a chance to pitch your movie ideas.


University of Miami professor Tom Musca is no stranger to having his scripts made by major Hollywood studios. The most recent features he produced went on to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. Professor Musca is a talented writer who knows what makes a great story and  how movie deals work, how the studios work, and how you and your movie idea fits into the process.

By the end of this workshop, you will:

1.         Know how to create a great movie pitch that producers want to buy.

2.         Understand how the process works and how deals are structured.

3.         Have the opportunity to pitch your great idea for immediate notes.

Who should attend: Anyone with a great movie idea! Also, writers, producers, directors, and actors.


Musca first captured attention as the producer and co-writer of Stand and Deliver. The popular Warner Bros. film starred Edward James Olmos, who earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination. The film earned six Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay and was preserved as a cultural, artistic and historical treasure in the U.S. Library of Congress. 

Recently, Musca was commissioned to write the screenplay for One Mile North, a story about a restaurant near Ground Zero and the recovery workers who frequented it. In 2016 he produced his first two Miami-based features  –Bruno & Naomi’s Blind Date and I Hate Sundays – and will produce and direct I Love Lupe in the summer of 2017.

Musca has worked with a wide array of acting talent, including John Cusack, James Gandolfini, CCH Pounder, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Madsen, Raquel Welch, Benicio del Toro, and America Ferrera. Produced screen credits include: Tortilla Soup, an Imagen Award winner; Gotta Kick It Up! for the Disney Channel; Hollywood Pictures’ Money For NothingRace, a comedic take on a L.A. City Council election for HBO; Columbia Pictures’ Little Nikita; and Flight of Fancy for Showtime.

Musca has been a guest lecturer at the Sundance Institute, Slamdance, UCLA, NYU, USC, AFI, and has conducted MPA workshops on four continents. He was named the Moseley Fellow for Creative Writing at Pomona College, and currently serves as Coordinator of the Screenwriting MFA Concentration at the University of Miami.