For your film opening we will need a treatment for the story, which sells the story and explains the context of the opening sequence.
What Is a Treatment?
A treatment is a two to five page document that tells the whole story focusing on the highlights.
How To Write a TreatmentThis two to five page document should read like a short story and be written in the present tense. It should present the entire story including the ending, and use some key scenes and dialogue from the screenplay it is based on.
What Should Be in the Treatment?
- A Working title
- The writer's name and contact information
- A short logline
- Introduction to key characters
- Who, what, when, why and where.
- Act 1 in one to three paragraphs. Set the scene, dramatize the main conflicts.
- Act 2 in two to six paragraphs. Should dramatize how the conflicts introduced in Act 1 lead to a crisis.
- Act 3 in one to three paragraphs. Dramatize the final conflict and resolution.
The Three Act StructureAct 1, called the Set-up, The situation and characters and conflict are introduced. This classically is 30 minutes long.
Act 2, called The Conflict, often an hour long, is where the conflict begins and expands until it reaches a crisis.
Act 3, called The Resolution, the conflict rises to one more crisis and then is resolved.
Logline exampleAnd Then Came Love is a character-driven romantic comedy about a high-powered Manhattan single mom who opens Pandora's box when she seeks out the anonymous sperm donor father of her young son.