FMP: Treatment

What is a Treatment?

‘The treatment, as the term suggests, sets out the dramatic and cinematic way you intend to ‘treat’ the
story in terms of style and unfolding narrative. A level of detail that includes reported speech, location descriptions etc is neither required nor productive in a treatment.’

I am going to look at both drama and documentary treatments as my film is factual based and yet holds a sense of drama within the visuals.

Drama Treatment
‘The treatment required for a drama project is a ‘selling’ document, but not a hypedup teaser. It should convince a reader that there is a cinematic story and that the writer has a firm grasp of the story and its telling. It will also include any subplots, indicating how they integrate, and reverberate, with the main plot. In a treatment version of a story with multiple strands or subplots, it is perfectly legitimate to use such terms as “Meanwhile…” or “At the same time…” or “On the other side of town…” to indicate a transition to another strand or subplot. There are standard definitions of what a treatment is, such as: “the telling of the story in the present tense, in a cinematic way – that is, confining the telling to only what can be seen and heard.” Not necessarily so, and the trap with such a definition is that it leads the treatment writer to write something that looks, and reads, like a scene breakdown.’

Documentary Treatment
The documentary treatment also tells the story of the film as you plan to have the audience experience it, either stating or implying the style in which it will be treated/told, but since documentaries may utilise a wide variety of resources not used in a straight drama, the documentary treatment should specify these, eg interviews, reconstructions, archival footage, photographs, maps, diagrams, graphics, etc. The documentary treatment is a statement of intent, it is a description of the film you want to make and think you can, given what you know and what you have access to when the filming begins. With a drama, it is said that the final draft is written in the edit suite; with a documentary this is literally true.’

With this in mind I have written the treatment of Instability.

*>>> Instability Treatment<<<*


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