Danny Strong on the Art of the Hollywood Pitch

Posted on October 29, 2012 by Stephen Kastner | No Comments

“I actually don’t think there’s a ton of luck in the writing game because writing is one of those things where you’ve got a script, you know, it’s 120 pages, or 30 pages for a TV show or 60 pages for a TV show …and it’s either good or it’s not good, and it doesn’t really matter whose name is on that cover page.”

Actor Danny Strong has established himself as a screenwriter, specializing in political dramas. The first script Strong sold was to HBO, based on the Florida 2000 election battle. Recount, was eventually directed by Jay Roach, and produced by Kevin Spacey, who also stars in the film. It premiered on HBO on May 25, 2008.

“You really need to get the person you’re pitching to see the story; to get them to be able to see the movie as clearly as possible. And sometimes that means being extremely detailed, and sometimes it’s a matter of having specific details that take them into the world of it and then having sort of more of a general discussion than having the entire thing, you know, beated out moment for moment. So it varies from project to project.” – Danny Strong

Recount went on to win three Emmy Awards in 2008:

  • Outstanding Made for Television Movie
  • Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special (Jay Roach)
  • Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie

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