Writing a Treatment

In Media Production, Unit 2, VCE Media

A film treatment is a detailed outline of your film from start to finish. Treatments are a very popular way of attracting attention from studios or people in the industry when you haven’t got a completed script ready. Your treatment should be short and snappy so that it grabs peoples attention.

Treatments are usually written in the present tense and in prose style, making use of short, easy-to-read paragraphs. Treatments are always written in Courier font – 12 point.

Parts of a Treatment:

Concept

How you would explain your film in one or two paragraphs. The concept explains:

- the basic premise of the film
- the Genre
- the intended audience
- the Theme

Characters

An introduction to the major characters in your film. This may include:

- basic bio information,
- their relationship to the film
- character traits

Synopsis

A scene by scene rundown on what happens in your film. A synopsis tells the reader all the action that happens in the film. Includes:

- Where each scene is set
- The basic action in the scene
- Motivations for characterʼs behaviour.

 

Example Treatments

Bollywood Zombies Treatment

Sinbad Treatment

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