The Treatment is a document used to sell or develop a film or TV show. Sometimes known as the ‘bible’, it contains all the elements, detail of a project and is used to
- Help sell an idea
- Show a producer that a writer has significantly developed and understands their idea.
- Further develop a concept.
In essence, the treatment should give any reader a clear understanding of the basic concept, plot, setting and the principle characters of your story. It will include:
- Title: A strong and dynamic title which represents the story, plot, character or combination of all
- Logline: A powerful one or two-sentence statement of the idea being proposed (around 25 words).
- Synopsis: Three paragraphs outlining the idea in some detail, including the story’s beginning, middle and end (300 – 500 words).
- Episodes (If For TV): Three or four pages outlining what happens in each episode (around 1000 words total).
- Characters Biographies: Short descriptions of the main characters (around 100 words per character) mentioning what the most important ‘selling’ point of each character.