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#1 Ralph Tabith

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 06:19 PM

i am applying for a bursary for a short i want to make and it states that I have to include a "treatment."

I was wondering for treatments is it 'allowed' for a more descriptive style in tone?/ written like a short story with lots of embellishment say - "the neons lights hummed washing the streets with peculiar iridescence,"

or should it be more formal than that, more succinct?

Thanks any other/general tips would be great!
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#2 Joe Giambrone

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:19 PM

Google is your friend.

Treatment is basically a script without the dialog. It's a summary of all the scenes to be played out.
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 01:44 PM

The general rule with treatments is that any dialogue or description should be rare and very important. It really is meant to be a plot summary, not a narrative in its own right. That said, it does need to be compellingly written in order to sell your film, so take the time to wordsmith it.
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#4 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 03:45 PM

For these short film applications they usually only want a one page treatment at most, so it has to be sharply written.
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