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What Is a Film Treatment, and When Do You Need One?

What Is a Film Treatment, and When Do You Need One? Mastering the prose pitch. ; Join our online film school this summer – $100 off for a limited time! “A treatment is never a substitute for a screenplay.” If you got into screenwriting thinking that all you’d need to do was write a screenplay, you’ll soon discover that that’s just not the case. There are a great many other pieces of the professional screenwriting puzzle, including the pre-writing process; working with agents, managers, and entertainment lawyers; and of course, the focus of our discussion today – the treatment. Many new screenwriters assume that it’s necessary to write a treatment for each and every project they touch. Yes, there are times when you should and will write a treatment, but there are also times when it’s actually not necessary. For example, do you have to write a treatment before you can start writing your spec script? Nope! You can if you want to, but you don’t need to. First things first. What precisely is a treatment? Let’s pin down a definition so that we’re on the same page. In its simplest form, a treatment is a prose-based telling of your screenplay. You might think of it as a “novelized” version. Instead of writing in traditional screenplay format, you’re relaying the narrative as a sort of short story or novel. So, rather than saying: Sarah stands at the sink; no one else is in the room. She washes beets, and their purple...

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Published By: Lights Film School Blog - Wednesday, 13 June

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