What's Your Movie About?

I talked about pitching in the Where Was I? post. Now that I am sharing my script and proposal to people, I'm getting fairly comfortable with describing my movie.

For Passing Harold Blumenthal, the pitch rests on a simple, clear synopsis for the story. I'm not just talking about pitching a movie to an investor. I'm also talking about casual conversation.There are many schools of thought on how much to say when describing your movie, but I feel strongly that if I can't describe my movie in a couple sentences at a cocktail party, then how is an audience member ever going to convince someone else to come and see the movie?

I only want to describe enough for someone to say, "Send me a script." I'm not working with high-concept material here, so I've chosen to focus on the inciting incident for the movie, the catalyst for action. I also want to give a clear sense of tone and say, "This is a comedy, you are welcome to laugh as needed."
So, when someone asks what Passing Harold Blumenthal is about, you can answer with...

 

Celebrated playwright, Harold Blumenthal, has passed away after succumbing to cardiac arrest while laughing at his own joke. Now, Harold’s estranged and jealous brother, Saul, must confront his personal hang-ups in order to deliver himself from an epic bout of constipation. Meanwhile, Saul’s wife Cheryl and son Ethan must grapple with their own personal obstacles through a set of circumstances so improbably comic, they might as well have been lifted from one of Harold’s plays.