Film Treatment


A film treatment is an integral part of screenwriting. It will plan and organize your movie, feature, or short film screenplay. It’s also a requirement to effectively market and pitch your film to potential financiers and producers. A treatment is generally longer than a synopsis but far shorter than the full screenplay. The length will vary but it should be about as short as possible without sacrificing the key points.

There are a number of books that provide conceptual knowledge of how to write a film treatment. Nevertheless, without reading film treatment examples the concepts won’t stick. Although we do recommend you refer to them to help master the skills of film treatment writing, you will also need to read actual film treatments. In addition, film scriptwriting classes and universities may help to lay a strong foundation for planning a film script. Our professional film treatment writers have graduated from such institutions. We have written dozens of feature film treatments and screenplays for our clients and for your benefit.

A film treatment helps the screenwriter to stay structured while writing the screenplay. In general, a treatment will contain a logline and a detailed summary of the yet-to-be-written screenplay. The vast majority of successful screenwriters write their scripts in three acts and eight sequences. Without a well-planned film treatment, your screenplay will likely be unstructured.

A film treatment should also include a brief description of each of the main character. Characters are the single most important element of a story so we agree that characters descriptions ought to be included in your movie treatment.