Kelley Baker has a hell of a book, The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide. He and I were emailing about treatments. I thought I’d share my thoughts…
I hate to say, I don’t know much about treatments.
I never write them.
No one reads them.
If you’re Mr. Big Time, you’ll do a pitch, but never a leave behind.
If Mr. Small Time, you probably won’t pitch, so you’ll have to write a full screenplay.
So where does a treatment fall?
THE reason to write a treatment is when you are planning a screenplay… you write it (the treatment) as a prose version of your story to help you solve problems and come up with structure, character, etc.
That is helpful to some people.
I see it as a waste of time. Why write a polished piece of prose when all you need is an outline (whatever form that takes for you)? An outline is not what I’d call “written.” Or smooth. Or for someone else to read.
My outlines are for me to write from. Not for anyone else to read.
But a treatment, that’s to be read.
And I don’t have that kind of time.
However, many people get great benefit from writing treatments. It helps them organize their thoughts, etc.
It just seems like a step in the process I don’t want to take.