The First Pitch Short Film

In 1903, Edwin S. Porter‘s short film The Great Train Robbery became one of the first blockbuster films. At just 12 minutes long, it was still a milestone achievement in American filmmaking as it employed production and editing techniques previously unheard of in filmmaking. It’s considered the first ever American action film, and one of the earliest westerns to have a recognizable form to it.

So how would a screenwriter pitch a movie to director Edwin S. Porter without any other films besides The Great Train Robbery to compare it to? Well, as the short film The First Pitch imagines, it would have gone very poorly.

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