A treatment is a document that presents the story idea of your film before writing the entire script. Essentially, it is a pitch document that screenwriters and authors (who are adapting a book to a screenplay) want to present to the film producer or film production company to show the potential of their story and how it could excite and entertain viewers.
Treatments are often written in present tense, in a narrative-like prose, and highlight the most important information about your film, including title, logline, story summary, and character descriptions.
Treatments are a way for a writer to test out an idea before investing their creative energy fully into a new screenplay. Treatments also allow for writers to summarize their story idea, so they can present the story to studio executives or producers who might want to finance the film.
Guide To Write Your Treatment
Here are several links to guide you on writing your treatment.
- How To Write A Film Treatment in 6 Steps
- How to Write a Film Treatment (FREE Film Treatment Template)
- How to Write a Treatment (with Film Treatment Examples)
- Film Treatment Guide: How to Write a Film Treatment + FREE Template
- 21 Movie Treatments and Outlines That Every Screenwriter Should Read
- Writing Great Film Treatments: The ULTIMATE Guide
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