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Writing Treatments That Sell: How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry [Paperback]

Kenneth Atchity , Chi-Li Wong
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Book Description

Jan 1998
A fully revised guide to turning your movie idea into a treatment that can persuade even the most jaded movie producers As Hollywood insiders know, the first step in selling your story idea for film or television is preparing a treatment, the brief pitch that sells the concept to a busy producer or agent. Now including updates on the latest trends in the industry, writers-producers Kenneth Atchity and Chi-Li Wong tell readers everything they need to know to create an effective and saleable treatment, one that incorporates such key elements as conflict, likeable characters, plot twists, a climax, and visual drama.Using dozens of the latest examples from actual productions, "Writing Treatments That Sell "distinguishes between scripts designed for feature films, episodic television, and made-for-TV movies, and shows step-by-step how to prepare a selling treatment for each. Also included is essential information on copyrighting and acquiring rights along with a comprehensive glossary of industry terms. This book is essential for anyone hoping to get a foot in the door of the exciting scriptwriting business.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Holt (Henry) & Co ,U.S. (Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805042830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805042832
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,451,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book answers the questions: What is a treatment? How do I write a treatment? How do I use my treatment to sell my story to film or television?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More information 23 Mar 1999
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Interesting book. But, I would be interested to hear of anyone who has utilitsed this and other such books and successfully submitted a script. Are these books worth the money or are they for people who are dreaming about being successful writers? How many 'real' writers use such books? Can a writer 'make it' by using them? If anyone has read this book and had success, please submit a review as I think this would help other reads decide how good this book really is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, practical guide 13 Aug 1998
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You won't find strict guidelines here on how to format a treatment, mainly because there really aren't any. The act of creating a treatment, though, and the thought processes that go into it are what matter, and the authors do an excellent job of helping a writer think about these things. The authors also maintain a great web site that's worth checking out.
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After reading Writing Treatments That Sell, I wrote my first MOW treatment -- something I had been terrified to do. I sent it off to two producers who responded with a resounding,"Your treatment was extremely well written and very professional." The guidelines and advice within the covers of this book can lift a writer's skills to new levels.
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