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"Actually it's super easy, barely an inconvenience."

The Screen Rant Pitch Meetings (Originally titled "Super Easy, Barely an Inconvenience - Screen Rant Pitch Meetings") are a series of comedic web videos by Screen Rant. Ryan George plays a Screenwriter pitching an existing movie to a Hollywood Producer (also played by Ryan George, without his glasses). Most of the humor comes from the Screenwriter's enthusiastic recounting a famous movie or TV Show in a pitch, often accentuating the flaws to the Producer, who in turn is adept at spotting the problematic aspects of whatever he's being pitched but is too much of an Extreme Doormat and too profit-obsessed to actually force any change. Further bringing humor is the fact that the Screenwriter's story decisions often bring serious questions about his thought process.

The videos can be found on Screen Rant's youtube channel.


Compare with Screen Junkies' Honest Trailers, which the show has referenced.

Pitch Meeting provides examples of:

  • Accentuate the Negative: invoked The show will deliberately focus on flaws or Unfortunate Implications of a show's story. Often to make the Screenwriter seem all the more insane. For example the pitch for The Lion King pays a lot of attention to the fact that based on how lion prides operate, Nala and Simba have to be either half-siblings or cousins. The Screenwriter is depicted as creepily obsessed with the idea of two lions in an incestuous romance, to the Producer's discomfort.
    Screenwriter: [Nala] is going to give him a look that says "You and I are gonna get it on Brother".
    Producer: Feels like it's going to be difficult convey that expression on a cartoon animal.
    Screenwriter: Actually super easy, barely an inconvenience. Just get me in a room with your weirdest animator and I'll tell him exactly how it should look
    Producer: Oh I can't wait for you to be out of my office you weirdo.
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  • Accomplice by Inaction: Discussed in the review of The Big Bang Theory. Leonard is described as the most socially adept of the group, and should be the one who best understands that his friends' behavior is inappropriate, but doesn't do anything to stop it, resulting in the Producer calling Leonard "an enabler."
  • Acting for Two: invoked Ryan George plays both characters. Which doesn't stop from the producer sometimes criticizing the Screenwriter's appearance.
  • Adaptation Induced Plothole: Discussed in the It (2017) pitch meeting, in which the Producer sometimes gets confused by various plot points that lack the explanation from the books. In at least one case, though, in which the producer says that the kids are safe from Pennywise because they're "under the protection of a cosmic turtle god that vomitted out the Universe," the producer decides that it doesn't make sense.
  • Alternate Catchphrase Inflection: "Screenwriter guy"'s catchphrase is "Super easy, barely an inconvenience", usually said enthusiastically but sometimes he says it in a monotone.
  • Aside Glance: The Producer gives one of these during The Santa Clause episode, after the Screenwriter mentions a pitch meeting scene, prompting him to proclaim "Pitch meetings are tight".
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The producer can rarely remain focused on whatever criticism he has. In a video he also falls asleep when the Screenwriter starts explaining the lore too deeply. The Pacific Rim episode has him constantly ignoring the screenwriter to just imagine scenes of Jaegers and Kaijus fighting.
  • Awful Wedded Life: The Producer appears to have one, at least from his wife's perspective.
  • Big Anime Eyes: Nearly all the thumbnails for the videos are edited stills or promotional images from the movie that's being pitched to warp the face into some goofy expression. The recurring exception is for Spider-Man movies. Since Spider-Man's mask already has very large eyes, small pupils and a mouth are photoshopped on to achieve the same effect. Another exception is used for Terminator: Dark Fate. Since the Terminator's head looks like a skull, he gets a goofy face for the same effect.
  • Blatant Lies: The Screenwriter sometimes engages in this.
    Screenwriter: And Ares is going to be like "I will destroy you!"
    Producer: I mean... you're going to come up with a better line than that right?
    Screenwriter: (shiftly avoiding looking the Producer in the eyes) Uhuh. Yup. I will.
    • In the Jurassic World episode, he claims that his idea for the movie's title was also Jurassic World, as the Producer suggested. A glance at his script cover reveals he actually planned to call the film Jurassic Circus.
  • Blunt "Yes":
    • In "The Last Jedi" pitch video.
    Producer: So we're really taking all the stuff that The Force Awakens set up and just throwing it out the window.
    Screenwriter: Pretty much, yeah.
    • In the Fantastic Four (2005) pitch video, after the Screenwriter explains that Sue's invisibility powers require her to undress, but she becomes visible halfway through, enabling the characters and viewers to see her in her underwear. During the bridge scene, Sue has to use her powers to get by the cops and save the people, while Reed and Johnny inexplicably manage to do the same feat without powers that are conducive to stealth.
    Producer: Was this whole thing just an excuse to show a woman in her underwear?
    Screenwriter: Yeah, absolutely.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Say what you will about the Screenwriter's downright laziness and strange sense of creative choices, he HAS written some of the most influential and successful movies in all of cinema.
  • Catchphrase: Most of them as said Once an Episode. It can be said the show might as well be 50% catch phrase.
    • "Super easy, barely an inconvenience", said by the Screenwriter when the producer thinks something would be difficult to do/explain or ill advised.
    • "Well, okay then" and "Fair enough" said by the producer whenever the Screenwriter justifies a terrible decision.
    • "X is/are tight!", where X is some actor, trend, or other thing the producer is really into. Sometimes he's so into them that he doesn't care how they might not make sense with the narrative. Sometimes he doesn't think how that specific sentence is going to sound.
    • "I'm gonna need you to get all the way off my back", said by the Screenwriter in response to the Producer pointing out something particularly odd about a pitch.
    • "Woops" "Woopsie!" said by the producer and writer, in varying order, when the former points out a plot hole the writer didn't think of.
    • "Oh my god" delivered in a deadpan manner from the producer, when the writer either reveals a surprising plot twist or plot hole or otherwise shocks the producer.
    • "I don't know," "Because," or "Unclear!" said by the writer when the producer asks him about a plot hole or the reason behind a specific plot element.
    • "So what's his/her/their deal?" is how the producer always responds to a new character being mentioned.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: The Screenwriter, full stop. As he's the brains behind any flaw the two are discussing. In the show's premise, these are always active, deliberate choices on his part. These can veer into odd directions when they stem from some particular fascinations of his. For example in The Lion King, Nala and Simba's romance entirely stem out of his obsession with animal incest. In Game of Thrones Season 8 most of his story decisions are motivated by his steadfast refusal to make more episodes. He's also unable to tell actors {and actresses) named Chris apart and thinks Christ Mas (Christmas) and Christian Mingle (A dating website) are actors.
    Screenwriter: Siri, define "Logic".
    Producer: That's not a phone, that's your wallet.
    Screenwriter: Haha, it is.
    Producer: Did you really think that was a phone?
    Screenwriter: Sometimes my brain doesn't work so brain.
    Producer: That actually explains a lot.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The screenwriter frequently relies on these to advance the plot. When the producer calls them out his usual defense is simply "because the plot needs to happen" which tends to be enough for the producer to let it go. The pitch meeting for The Force Awakens, involves the Screenwriter describing a string of these that summarizes the entire plot, and saying that they could Hand Wave it as being "the will of the Force."
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Sillier and nicer than most, but some of what we know about Producer paints him as a borderline supervillain including, but not limited to, his intention to buy Canada, willingness to sell off his grandmother, and apparently he worships Satan, complete with the Voice of the Legion. Also his favorite hobby is throwing coins at poor people to see how they react.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Screenwriter, hence some of his more disturbing ideas.
    Producer: What kind of awful stuff happened to you as a kid?
    Screenwriter: You couldn't possibly imagine.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Man of Steel pitch video discusses the film's status as a "dark, gritty origin story" for Superman, and how it isn't the best idea for an Ideal Hero like Superman.
  • Description Cut: A Running Gag has episodes end with the Producer and Scriptwriter expressing a prediction of some sort of outcome, usually optimistically, only to cut to article that says the exact opposite.
  • Easily Impressed: The Producer. The Screenwriter uses that often to plaster over any objection or criticism he has.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first episode featuring The Last Jedi is far slower paced, and has the producer asking what the writer's plans are for specific characters rather than just having the later say his pitch. It doesn't open with the usual "So you have a (x) for me?". Ryan also uses the same voices for both characters.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The producer guy introduces himself as "Studio Executive Guy" in the end slate for the X-Men: The Last Stand pitch video...
    • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": ...and the screenwriter guy takes it a step further by revealing that "Screenwriter Guy" is his actual legal name.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • The Producer is usually very willing to accommodate the Screenwriter, even the more insane and nonsensical ideas. In It (2017) Pitch Meeting, however, when the Screenwriter talks about putting a scene of child-orgy, the Producer looks absolutely livid and Screenwriter wisely chooses to leave it out of the movie.
    • While the Screenwriter's the source of all those terrible ideas, even he questions whether it's a good idea to reboot Spider-Man again in the video about Spider-Man leaving the MCU.
    • The Producer will almost always willing to go along with the Screenwriter's Willing Suspension of Disbelief, no matter how insane they may be. But during the pitch for The Happening the screenwriter describes a scene in which the main characters manage to "outrun the wind," and the Producer's only reaction is a flat "You're an idiot."
  • Evil vs. Evil: In the pitch video about Spider-Man leaving the MCU, both the Producer and his counterpart from Sony are both portrayed as greedy, even if the latter comes off as marginally more stubborn. Downplayed in that while they aren't monstrously evil, they're both almost equally unsympathetic.
  • Executive Meddling: invoked Generally surprisingly averted by the Producer. While he's often prone to find ways to milk money out of a work (for example through Sequelitis), he rarely causes much change to whatever the Screenwriter's pitch is. His attempts to point out flaws in the premise tend to be ignored or simply justified over by the Screenwriter (often with thin logic) and as the Producer is both an Extreme Doormat and has a very poor attention span, he'll rapidly just move on. There are however a few moments here and there where he adamantly insists something non-sensical be included in the movie that even the writer seems hesitant about.
  • Extreme Doormat: The Producer will back down from any objection the moment the writer shows the slightest bit of opposition. The only exceptions are when these involve specific (and often esoteric) pet peeves of his.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Originally, Rey from the new Star Wars trilogy was going to be called "Raymond." According to the Screenwriter, he consulted the rest of the office, and according to him, "Everybody Loves Raymond".
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: According to one episode, everyone on the planet except for film actors look the same, hence why there are countless identical screenwriter guys and producer guys. The Casino Royale (2006) episode introduces the British version of the pair, played by a different actor so presumably everyone in England looks like this guy.
    • The pitch meeting for The Meg offers an alternative explanation by revealing the Producer used plastic surgery to look exactly like the Screenwriter for no other reason than because he could afford to. The Screenwriter never questioned it because he assumed he was going insane.
    • In the pitch meeting for Spider-Man leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Producer from Sony looks exactly the same as the other Producer, apart from a different-colored shirt.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": As it's done in The Meg, the Screenwriter keeps pronouncing the protagonist's name (Jonas) as "Joe-Nass".
  • Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex: Brought up indirectly in Fantastic Four (2005). The Producer wonders how Johnny bangs his nurse when she's just measured his internal temperature at roughly 200 degrees.
    Producer: Oh, Physically impossible lovemaking is TIGHT!
  • Metaphorgotten: The Screenwriter is prone to this, as seen in The Meg episode. Often to confuse the producer into agreeing.
    Screenwriter: People say you can't have your cake and eat it too.
    Producer: Right, my point exactly.
    Screenwriter: But we're talking about a 70 foot shark here. This thing can eat anything it wants to!
    Producer: I guess that makes sense.
    Screenwriter: Trust me. It does.
    Producer: Fantastic!
  • Minimalist Cast: The cast is just Ryan George playing two guys. One episode has a brief interlude in England where another actor plays the British producer and screenwriter guys. Other than that, it's entirely a one man show.
  • Monumental Damage: The producer hates the Golden Gate bridge and demands it be destroyed in his movies. According to the writer, it's common among all producers.
  • Nameless Narrative: The two on-screen characters don't have names, they're just the producer guy and the screenwriter guy.
  • No, You: In the review of The Amazing Spider Man 2, when the screenwriter insists that since he needs the plot to move forward, not everything will end up making sense.
    Producer: Feels like you should have stuff make sense.
    Screenwriter: Feels like you should have stuff make sense.
  • Oh, Crap!: Both the Sony Screenwriter and the Producer get a major one when they see the online reactions regarding their decision to withdraw Spider-Man from the MCU.
  • Only Sane Man: The two character generally alternate between this, oftentimes trying to shoot down a particularly outlandish suggestion to no avail. It's usually the producer guy who is the one trying to shoot things down. The episode on Game of Thrones Season 8 plays this the straightest, where the producer guy (representing HBO) is entirely reasonable and completely steamrolled by the screenwriter.
  • Pet the Dog: Invoked a few times by the writer, usually as a defense of a protagonist who should otherwise be unlikable but he insist is fine because of a minor good deed early in the film.
    • In the Hellboy (2004) episode he calls those a "rescue the cat" moment so he has... Hellboy rescue a bunch of cats.
    • In the Amazing Spider-Man episode, it's Peter defending a kid from a bully and screenwriter guy assumes that this absolves Peter's behavior for the rest of the movie.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Parodied in the Rogue One pitch meeting, in which the producer briefly thinks it's Rouge One, and references how many people online get the two terms mixed up.
  • Rule of Cool: invoked Many of the Screenwriter's decision outright stem from this.
  • Running Gag:
    • The Screenwriter saying that because the movie is an origin story, they have to show the character as a kid. Usually in response to the Producer pointing out that no info the childhood scene conveys couldn't be given through the rest of the film.
    • The producer on the fly coming up with an interesting plot development only for the Screenwriter to agree and say they are not going to do that.
    • In the Ready Player One (2018) pitch meeting, whenever the Screenwriter feels as though he's losing the Producer, he brings up a pop culture reference to distract him.
  • Saved by the Awesome: Mocked in the Fantastic Four (2005) pitch meeting, in which the Screenwriter justifies the police's decision to let Ben go despite planning on arresting him for the chaos he caused on the bridge, simply because the onlookers clapped for him.
  • Self-Insert: Bill from IT Chapter Two being a screenwriter making a horror movie for Warner Bros. is played as this; the Screenwriter even slips up and calls him "me".
  • Stealth Pun: When discussing the creepy and misogynistic behavior of the cast of The Big Bang Theory, the Producer says that he hopes that there won't be a social movement to hold people accountable for that kind of behavior. The Screenwriter says "Me too."
  • Take That!:
    • In the episode for Season 8 of Game of Thrones, the writers' comment that Daenerys "forgot about the Iron Fleet" in "The Last of the Starks," is frequently mocked by way of bringing forgetfulness up as an excuse for various plot holes.
    • In "The Last Jedi" pitch video, the Screenwriter defends his decision to discard the plot threads set up in The Force Awakens by saying that J. J. Abrams didn't know the answers himself. When asked why he thinks that, he brings up Lost as an example.
  • Tempting Fate: Almost every video ends with the Screenwriter and/or Executive saying something that will get proven wrong by a screenshot of an article in the next shot.
  • Tone Shift: The writer is prone to those. For example in Pokémon: The First Movie he describes the lighthearted "Pikachu's Vacation short" before immediately following with "[The movie] begins with an omnipotent murder clone having a homicidal existential crisis". Many of those shifts make the producer give an emphasized "Oh My God."
    Producer: Oh, My god. You really shifted the tone there. It's Jarring!
    Screenwriter: Oh, Whoops!
    Producer: Whoopsie!
  • Vocal Evolution: In the early episodes, Ryan George played the characters with his normal voice. Around mid 2018, he began shifting the characters voices to have a cheery tone.
  • Who's on First?: The first 40 seconds or so of the It pitch meeting involve the Producer getting confused as to what the title of the book that inspired the film is.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: Invoked by the Screenwriter to justify some of his more egregious leaps in logic and realism, to the point where he believes the trope itself is less of a description of how viewers might choose to overlook certain unrealistic aspects of a work for the sake of their own enjoyment, and more a get-out-of-jail-free-card that let's him do whatever he wants with a script with no regard for if it makes sense or not.
  • Writer on Board: The Jurassic World pitch meeting posits that Zara's horrible, drawn-out death that she clearly doesn't deserve was written in purely as a way for the Screenwriter to get back at his ex-girlfriend.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: The screenwriter has trouble with numbers. From calculating probabilities to calculating how many eyeballs three people have in total.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the Rogue One pitch meeting, the screenwriter says that he kills off all the characters when they serve their purpose.
    "If someone's no longer useful to me, why would I keep them alive, right?"
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: During the Avengers: Endgame Re-Release
    Screenwriter: We could have a Stan Lee tribute
    Producer: Oh, lure [The Audience] in with sadness, I love it.
    Screenwriter: That's not how I saw it. That sounds evil.
    Producer: (Hyped) We're gonna make so much extra money off their sadness!!
    Screenwriter: (Clearly Dejected) Okay...

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