"At last-someone wrote the book every screenwriter has needed for years. It can make the difference between success and failure in the industry." --Linda Seger, author of Making a Good Script Great and From Script to Screen
"Essential material for the beginning screenwriter and the established writer, both." --Dale Pollack, producer of Saturday Night Fever
Describes the structure and function of a treatment, discusses character, setting, theme, action, and copyright protection.
This is is a very thorough book, guiding you through the heartache of trying to write a treatment that will simply jump up and grab the reader.
Wanting to pitch to Hollywood myself, and in preparation for my meeting with Ken Atchity this coming June, I purchased two of Ken's books. This one, plus How to Pitch to Hollywood. Both books are good, but this one is definitely the most helpful.
Step by step guidance on what to do, and probably more importantly, what not to do, this book is invaluable. Maybe, slightly more geared to scriptwriters (if you are a scriptwriter I highly recommend this book), still extremely helpful to us budding authors.
One thing I didn't know was about submitting your book to the copyright office at the Library of Congress, this is definitely now on my to-do-soon list.
Besides helpful tips like that, the book gives a real, refreshing, definitely honest view on getting your book made into a movie. Unfortunately, Ken, I don't hob-nob with millionaires nor rub shoulders with high flyers in Hollywood, so the only thing left for me is to a) wish for loads of luck, and b) work damn hard and hope that one day I am in the right place at the right time for my dream to come true.
Whenever I get down at all the hard work, I keep in mind my most favorite dream of all time. That is walking down the red-carpet in New York, with my husband and my four sons, to attend the premiere of Idi & the Oracle's Quest. It is this dream that drives me forward, keeps me working hard... and makes me purchase books like Treatments that sell.
To all you budding indie-authors with the same dream, I advise you get the book asap!
This handbook about TV and movie treatments is a real eye opener to the ambitious idealist mind at heart. As a 23 year student I declare this book to be one of the most informaitive books I have ever come accross.
I first came across this book when I had a strong Idea in my head about an ''ice age TV series'' I want to convert this idea into a tv series project for the U.S.A and now I am currently reading about how to present a TV treatment and bible to present to the agent that is to be contacted as soon as the project is finished.
I had this idea that uless the idea if off the notepad and into structured planning people will never know or enjoy that idea unless you work hard and make an effort to make it come true.
So I would give this book 10/10 and reckomend this to media students and ambitious tv go getters.