Home Page - TV Tropes. Reader Question: How do you write a professional story treatment? An open forum question from jonathan: Hi Scott, great blog.
There’s lots of screenplays available online. I haven’t managed to find an equivalent resource for examples of treatments. There doesn’t seem to be too many pointers out there on how to write a good, exciting yet ‘professional’ treatment. Any advice would be great! I’ve gone into this previously at various points of entry. Let me add a point. You learn whether you know the story or not enough to start writing it. Writing a treatment forces you to confront your story. If that logic doesn’t convince you, then what about the words of Ron Bass, one of the most successful screenwriters ever – at least in terms of box office results – with numerous hit movies including Rain Man (1988), Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), Dangerous Minds (1995), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), Stepmom (1998), and Snow Falling on Cedars (1999). Question: What is a treatment vs. an outline? An Open Forum question from januaryfire: Do you have a good definition of treatment and outline?
I’ve seen these terms interchanged too many times. And the WGA website doesn’t give explanations when registering. One instructor I had said that a treatment is 2/3 as long as a screenplay or about 60 pages; an outline is under 30. Just wondered what your working definition was. In my experience, the term “treatment” gets used in many different ways, everything from a 2-4 page story overview to a full-blown 40 page (or more) story summary. My understanding is that treatments evolved into use in Hollywood when studios would hire a writer to craft a document that would detail how they would adapt a book or story into a screenplay, usually by telling a version of the story in narrative form.
As to specific page count, I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules – it depends upon the request and needs as dictated by the buyer. The Flying Rock - Blog de prod - Semaine 02 - la technique des scénarios. Reader Question: Should writers be concerned about projects that have similar concepts to theirs? Question from Eric Harris: Should writers be concerned about projects that have slightly similar concepts to theirs though the plots, characters, theme, etc are completely different?
You’ve worked on a script for months, maybe even longer and then you hear something in development that has a slightly similar concept. First, unless you are writing a quadrasexual snuff musical in Norwegian, you know… something really obscure… you should always be prepared to be blown out of the water by another project that gets set up before yours. I have had this happen more than once and wrote about a particularly painful experience here in which we were literally days away from going out with a spec when another one quite like it sold. The saving grace is this idea of ‘similar but different’. Hollywood likes similar projects for two primary reasons: * It is easier to market a movie if it can ‘draft’ off the success of a predecessor film that has done well.
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Reader Question: How long should an outline / treatment be before starting a first draft? Question from MichaelSWaters: I was interested in how long you (or others) think an outline (or treatment) should be before starting a first draft?
Michael, the fact you are asking that question is a good sign about your instincts as a writer. While some writers may not need to do much in the way of prep work, preferring to find the story after they type FADE IN or the first line of their novel, most professional screenwriters I know personally, have interviewed, or have read or heard talking about the craft embrace the idea of ‘breaking the story’ in advance of the actual page-writing part of the process. In fact, working up an outline before going to script is as innate to TV writing as is the snack table.