Well, it looks as though my post on scriptwriting “really packed a wallop”, as our very own Skye commented. 🙂 So today we’ll continue our discussion and talk a little bit about treatments.
What is a treatment? A treatment is simply an outline of a screenplay. It is written in the third person and in the present tense and does not include dialogue.
Once you have decided on an idea for your screenplay or stage play, you will need to write a treatment and a synopsis. While a synopsis goes into considerable detail by outlining your play scene by scene, a treatment gives only an overview of your story. A treatment is usually used to pitch your screenplay to an agent or producer.
The treatment could be considered the blueprint of your film. It ranges from 8-15 pages and is structured in three acts.
A treatment will help keep you on track as you write your story. It will also reveal any plot holes.
If your interest has been piqued, check out the Internet for samples of successful treatments. Then try writing one of your own.