How to Write a Film Treatment
A treatment is a two-page document that should read like a short story and be written in the present tense.
What is included in a treatment?
- A working title
- A short logline (a one sentence summary of your script)
- Introduction of key characters
- Who, what, when, where and why
- Act 1 in one to three paragraphs. Set the scene, dramatize the main conflicts.
- Act 2 in two to six paragraphs. Should dramatize how the conflicts introduced in Act 1 lead to a crisis.
- Act 3 in one to three paragraphs. Dramatize the final conflict and resolution.
Here are three questions to ask yourself as you write the logline:
- Who is the main character? What does he or she want?
- Who or what is standing in the way of the main character?
- What makes this story unique?
Use action words when writing your logline and utilize descriptive words to create an image that will stay in the mind of the reader.
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