Writing Plays/Screenwriting/treatments

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hi how r u?Should you or do you have to write a treatment before you write a screenplay?I do plan to write ,direct,and produce one day.I was reading on screenplay  writing.I just recently heard of  treatments.I had never heard of them before.

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am,

A treatment is a device used by production companies to understand, and sometimes control, the story.  You do not need to write a treatment, or sometimes called scriptments, before you write a screenplay.  However, if you are going to pitch the story having a treatment is a helpful leave-behind for the producer.

A treatment is an emotional retelling of the story is not just a play-by-play reiteration of the story.  A treatment ranges from 7 to 25 pages.  Keeping it short is best.

"Writing Treatments That Sell" by Kenneth J. Atchity is a good place to start in learning how to write treatments.

Good luck.  

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I answer questions regarding film production and screenwriting. I will answer questions dealing with screenwriting style, ideas, film production, format, and agents.

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Sixteen years working in the motion picture and television industries as a screenwriter, producer, and military technical advisor. Have two produced movies TWO WEEKS and CATHY MORGAN. Worked with Digital Ranch Productions, Warriors Inc, and Nichols Productions.

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