Treatments vs Scriptments

Gideon's Screenwriting Tips: Now You're a Screenwriter


Apart from them being what we require after spending too many hours in front of our computers, treatments are something of an amorphous scriptwriting document. It is bigger than a logline (1-3 sentences) and a synopsis (1-5 pages), but shorter than a script (90-110 pages). What is it’s function? Where did it come from? What does it want? Why bother?

For the large part, treatments are not something emerging writers should worry about. Generally, newer writers should write a great logline to generate interest followed by an impeccable script. Some writers (not me) write treatments in lieu of an outline.

Treatments describe the key elements of your story in present tense prosaic form viz. concept, the main characters, themes, conflict, resolution, but most importantly, the action or plot of your story. All the key structural plot points should be covered. They should also convey the mood and tone…

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