What is a Treatment?


Picture Source: Writer’s Work Desk by NARstudio

Writing a movie script requires a lot of thinking, time and ideas - even the most experienced writers will find it hard to come up with everything in one day. Whenever you’re reading a script, it is crucial to understand that there are hundreds of steps that led to the completion of that script. The pre-writing phase holds immense importance for many writers and an important method used in this stage is the film treatment. It is considered to be an important component in idea formulation and story development.

What is a Treatment?

A treatment is a document that presents the full story of your film before the entire script is written.

A treatment is a gist of a television show or a movie. It comprises of all the essential themes, scenes and details of the film or television show. A film treatment is also referred to as a script treatment, a movie treatment, or a story treatment. A treatment is a tool that will help you explore ideas and ponder on various story development ideas. It presents the main idea of the story before working on the entire script.

Treatments are usually written in present-tense and comprised of a title, name and contact information, story summary, logline, and also conveys the tone and theme of the movie/television show. Treatments help writers present their script idea to producers or studio executives who might be interested in financing the movie.

Reasons to write a treatment

Treatments are an efficient tool that help writers and readers save time, as reading a script treatment is more achievable than reading the entire script. A treatment that distills and summarizes all the necessary details of your screenplay will help you get others to read it. Treatments can help you raise money as well as in finding your movie’s story.

Treatments are not just beneficial for the reader; they are beneficial for the writer as well. They serve as a blueprint of the structure and plot of the film/show. They help writers identify problems in the story and work on it. In addition to this, by writing a film treatment, the writer will be able to sort out all the necessary elements and identify any plot hole that you are missing. It will also work as a roadmap to your script-writing journey.

How to write a treatment?

There are various styles to follow, when writing a treatment. Some general steps that writers follow include:

  1. The Title: A captivating title that enfolds the essence of your script. The title should be original and not similar to any other movie.
  2. Logline: A logline is a brief sentence describing the main theme of your movie.
  3. Concept Summary: This will include the details of the characters and the details of how the character will build throughout the story. You can add some attention-grabbing details in this part.
  4. Summarize the acts: Here you will describe the main story, whether it’s a short one or a long one. You can add details like how the story begins
  5. Epilogue: This will be the concluding part in the treatment, you will describe how the story will end, what happens to the characters and any other concluding remarks.

Can TaleFlick help me with this?

Yes. By getting a treatment on our services page, you get five to ten pages written by a professional screenwriter, a complete outline that can be developed into a screenplay, and up to three edits.

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