Friday, December 20, 2013

"The Professor" -- A 2-Minute Movie Pitch by Robert Bailey


 "At its core, The Professor is the story of a man redeemed."

Why did you pick this title?
The book is about a legendary law professor who is called “the Professor” as a term of endearment by students at the law school who have had his class and heard of his accomplishments.  It is a simple, straightforward, title that encapsulates what the book is about,  similar to “Forrest Gump” or “The Firm” or “The Client.” 
2.      What’s the logline?
“Sometimes winning means everything…”
3.      What’s the Teaser Pitch?   
As Exhibit A  has pitched, “The Professor…combines the thrills and authenticity of a John Grisham novel for the audience that flocked to Friday Night Lights.”  Also, as Winston Groom has blurbed, “The Professor is that rare combination of thrills, chills and heart…” This story will attract fans of thrillers and also those who like stories that pull at the heartstrings—a thriller that should cross over the market and attract readers and viewers of all genres.    
4.      Who is your HERO and how does he change in the book? 
Thomas Jackson McMurtrie is a legend in the twilight of his life, devastated by family tragedy, betrayal and his own failing health.  In this story, a horrific trucking collision involving the family of a dear friend thrusts Tom into a situation where he must confront all of his demons and decide whether to once again step into a courtroom after so many years in a classroom.  At its core, The Professor is the story of a man redeemed.
5.      How did you come up with the idea? 
       When I was in law school, I often wondered what would happen if one of my professors had to try a case.  Could he or she do it?  Would the classroom cross over to the courtroom?  That idea combined with my love of Alabama football lore formed the backbone for this story.
6.      Why should I, the incredibly rich and handsome Movie Mogul, buy this book?  
      Because this story has everything you could want in either a book or a movie. You will laugh.  You will cry.  You will be on the edge of your seat.  And, most of all, you will want up to stand up and cheer as the Professor makes his stand.  

I'm sold. Billions of dollars all around!

The Professor  is published by Exhibit A books.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christy Birmingham's "Pathways to Illumination" A 2-Minute Movie Pitch.


Pathways to Illumination

OK, Christy, you're pitching your book to a studio.  You’ve got 2 minutes.  Go!

Why did you pick this title?

 “Pathways to Illumination” describes the journey that the central female character in the book goes on. It is a path or pathway, with many offshoots that present her challenges. Her goal is to improve her mental health, or so she realizes as the days continue to come. As she stumbles and continues to rise, she has “illuminations” about her past, her self, and her present day.

What’s the logline?   

  Inner light shatters layers of powerful prose to deliver a poignant hope.

What’s the Teaser Pitch?  

For anyone who has faced turmoil, had or met with someone with depression, and recognized the difficulties of self-confidence, this book is for you. The poetry is free-form, providing the you space to breathe and moments that take your breath away. It’s a contemporary story of personal strength.

Who is your Protagonist and how does she change in the book? 

 The hero is the woman who speaks in each of the poems. Told in 6 parts, the book follows her journey chronologically – this is a unique format for a poetry book. Over the pathways, or the 6 sections, this unnamed woman begins to question her past, abusive relationship and whether she deserves to continue to move forward without him. She faces obstacles to her growth, such as her lack of confidence, suicidal tendencies and feelings of being unworthy on many levels.

How did you come up with the idea?

 The idea for “Pathways to Illumination” came from my personal journey. It is not a biography but the words certainly grew from my own issues with abuse and depression. I wrote this book to help people who struggle with similar issues see that they too can become strong and independent, as I have done. It is not easy, but it is possible.

Why should I, the incredibly important Movie Mogul, buy this book?

  Why NOT, really. If you want a comforting feeling at your side, and a smile on your face at the last page of the book, then this is the read for you.