I'm still in the thick of (re)writing this next draft. Although I anticipated being through with it sooner, I definitely think the script is benefiting from the extra time. The more time you take, the more ideas you have. The more ideas you have, the more problems you have. The more problems you have, the more you have to solve. The more you solve, the more fully realized the story becomes.
All that being said, I am now straddling the writing process and the producer seeking/budget crunching and it's becoming difficult to have some of these discussions with people without being able to present them with a polished script. This situation forces some healthy reflection on the "sellability" of this story and movie. Having a discussion with potential producers who haven't read the script requires me to give a polished pitch of the project. As my story is one that evolved gradually, it was only recently that I found myself asking, "What is this movie about?"
If such a question sounds basic and fundamental and OBVIOUS, it is. It's also seldom answered by young filmmakers and not always easy to identify. The one-line pitch could be a plot point, a theme, a relationship, or all of the above. More importantly, the logline helps categorize the film and determine who, if anyone, will want to watch it. Something any producer will want to know before joining the project.
So, I'm refining my pitch as I write, and my writing helps clarify any points that remain unclear. In general, the rule of thumb is to be able to pitch a story in a one or two sentences. While very few worthwhile stories can be easily reduced to a sentence or two, a brief logline is what most producers want to hear first. You just don't want to find yourself pitching the following: "So there's this guy, and he's got this problem and so he does this crazy thing. But then there is also this girl, and she's like really funny and cute. So the two of them get together and then...wait there's also this mean girl and her name is Donna and she's from Spain....Where was I?" You get the idea. Be concise and articulate. That's the goal. If I can't manage that, then the script needs some serious clarification on my part.