WRITE A CUT-THROUGH TREATMENT
(ready for the London Screenwriters' Festival)
Even if you're not going to the London Screenwriters' Festival, you still need a compelling document summarising your screenplay.
Whenever you pitch your idea to potential Producers and Directors, if they bite, you need to hand them a brilliantly-written treatment to hook them into the next stage.
This one-day workshop gets your two-page treatment (yes we know, some people call the Outlines!) into shape to help you sell your screenplay.
A great treatment:
All this is easier said than done.
THE #1 MISTAKE WHEN WRITING A TREATMENT? YOU FOCUS SO MUCH ON PLOT YOU FORGET STORY-TELLING IS ABOUT THE HUMAN HEART.
Working alone and in pairs you'll do lots of writing exercises to help you drill into the heart of your story to ensure you're describing it in a cut-through way.
You'll check you've achieved extreme clarity when describing your characters' goals, arcs, wounds and flaws.
We'll look at the different ways we can use metaphors, similes and visually compelling language to bounce your story into life.
You'll leave with the draft of a much-improved document - ready to polish for the festival or other occasions when you need one to hand.
Fenella's classes are totally hands on so bring your laptop or plenty of paper and pens for our brainstorms.
READ Fenella's HOW TO WRITE A WINNING TREATMENT.
And THE MOVIE CHECKLIST.
Fenella runs the EUROSCRIPT ONLINE CLASSROOM. To help you with your treatment, here's a video tutorial on HOW TO CREATE EFFECTIVE STORY GOALS.
£85 (£75 concessions and if you belong to one these organisations: WGGB, WFTV, Society of Authors, BECTU, Directors UK and Newman House).
Email or phone: 07515 381586
Fenella Greenfield runs the annual Euroscript Screenwriting Competition and is one of its script doctors. She is a founder member of Euroscript, helping to launch it as a Media-funded European initiative. She has written broadcast scripts for radio and television. She’s a freelance promo producer and has won awards both here and in the States for her work. Her short film PILL was released June 2017.