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Pitch Decks and Selling Your Story with Manon de Reeper

Los Angeles, August 12 – Manon de Reeper is a screenwriter, filmmaker and the CEO and founder of independent film magazine, Film Inquiry. The online magazine is a manifestation of de Reeper’s love for film and design. De Reeper also is heavily involved in Women of Color Unite, where she aims to give a platform for women of color to tell their stories. De Reeper recently joined the RespectAbility Summer Lab participants from a sailboat in the Caribbean. The participants were given a hefty rundown of pitch decks and how they are an essential tool for selling your story.

“Pitch decks are basically the first visualization of your script or your idea if you’re still at the idea stage,” began de Reeper. “You can do them for feature films, you can do them for movies, for tv, for graphic novels, even books if that’s what you’re working on.” Pitch decks are made to carry the heart of the story so that agents, producers, directors, etc., have a feel of the script without actually having to sit down and read hundreds of pages.

As a designer, de Reeper also shared insights with the Lab participants on how to facilitate the process of putting together a pitch deck that looks clean and professional. “The decks I personally build are built using Canva.com. It is a really great service and it’s really in my opinion as a designer with a lot of experience, very easy to use and very intuitive.” Services like Canva offer templates and themes for presentations that can be adapted into a full pitch deck.

The first step in bringing a story to life is selling your story. And with the help of de Reeper and a fully loaded pitch deck, the 2021 Lab participants are ready to pitch their scripts.

RespectAbility’s third annual Lab for Entertainment Professionals with Disabilities brings authentic and diverse portrayals of people with disabilities to the screen by creating a pipeline of diverse professionals with disabilities behind the camera. Participants include people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health, and other disabilities ranging in age from people in their 20’s through their 50’s. Lab alumni from 2019 and 2020 currently work for a variety of studio partners including Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and The Walt Disney Company, as well as in writers’ rooms for Netflix’s Mech Cadet, CW’s 4400, and Showtime’s Dexter, among others. Others have had films featured at festivals such as SXSW and participated in additional career track programs including with Film Independent and Sundance Institute.

Meet the Author

Krista Ramirez-Villatoro

Krista Ramirez-Villatoro is pursuing a Masters' degree in Design and Media Arts from UCLA. Her goal is to become a director of photography on projects that highlight the experiences of those with physical disabilities.

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