Writing Treatments That Sell by Dr. Ken Atchity

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Film Courage: Ken of the many books that you’ve written (and you have one you co-wrote entitled Writing Treatments That Sell) and maybe you can hold it up so people can see it’s cool cover there and first off can we define what is a treatment?

Dr. Ken Atchity, author/producer: Well, it’s one of the things that Chi-Li Wong and I looked into when we wrote this book because we kept getting asked that question by clients What is a treatment? We had to explain it over and over again and then suddenly it occurred to us What is a treatment? ourselves? What is their definition? So we did a survey of about 30 execs in television and film and asked them that question How would you define a treatment? And we asked them about 10 other questions and we really based the book on their answers.

And so basically the answer is that a treatment is a relatively brief written pitch (written story) intended to be dramatized for motion picture for film or television. And it’s written in user-friendly, grammar-free, quick language that is easy to follow and it contains highlights the most important characters events and the obligatory scenes in the story.

Image courtesy of Warner Bros. – Dr. Ken Atchity as associate producer of THE MEG

So How long is the treatment? Relatively brief, 3 pages to let’s say 15 pages. Once it’s passes 15, 20 it’s getting no longer relatively brief. There was no industry agreement on it. And basically treatments range from 5 to 10 pages (good treatments) and we recommend that because of the attention span of who you are dealing with (the audience), your reader (the buyer). His attention span is limited and you do not want to extend it because he won’t be there or she won’t be there at the end of the story if you make it too long.

That’s basically what a treatment is and it’s used for two purposes. It diagnoses the faults in the story. You write a treatment of the story to see your faults in it, so it’s a diagnostic tool and then you fix them and then it becomes a sales tool because people are willing to read a treatment when they wont read a script because a script is a serious engagement, whereas a treatment can be read relatively quickly. And it’s used in every part of the industry and it’s different from a synopsis because a synopsis is a dry …(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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BUY THE BOOK – WRITING TREATMENTS THAT SELL: How To Create And Market Your Story Ideas To The Motion Picture and TV Industry – https://amzn.to/2Hakwcl

 

 

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