I don’t remember which was the first Pitch Meeting video I watched, but I do know that ever since then, I’ve been obsessed. Ryan George, of the TV and film site ScreenRant, creates and features in these incredible videos that recreate what might have happened in the pitch meetings for a variety of different films. They are ridiculous and hilarious and, more than anything else, always completely spot on. A few times over the past few years of writing Film Watch posts, I’ve wondered what on earth could have happened in the pitch meeting for the odder movies I’ve seen - now I don’t need to wonder any more.
You do need to be careful with these, because Ryan expertly picks out the flaws of a movie, from small irritants to enormous plot-ruining problems. For the purposes of the pitch, they are spun as intentional selling points, but the reactions within are what make it fun to watch. I can’t bring myself to sit through the Back to the Future video, because whilst I know that movie has flaws, I don’t want to acknowledge them quite so formally! But for movies that you don’t have quite such an attachment to, it’s wonderful to view the associated Pitch Meetings - giving you comfort that you’re not the only one to have spotted such and such plot hole, or quite often, pointing out things you totally missed and completely changing your view of the movie.
This happened with The Tomorrow War. I’d picked out a few problems, but after viewing the Pitch Meeting and realising the solution to the whole plot was staring them in the face the whole time and the entirety of the film drama was effectively pointless… well, then what do you do?
The videos are packed full of catchphrases, comedy, and a general cheerful outlook, even for the worst of movies. There are years to go back through so I’ve got plenty of entertainment to keep me going for a bit, and I recommend you do the same if you haven’t already. The only question now is whether it would be weird to deliberately watch a movie just because it has a Pitch Meeting video to dip into afterwards. That’s normal, right?