Writing Treatments that Sell: How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry

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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 ...

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Overview

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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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805072785
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/22/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 302,792
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Atchity is a screenwriter and the author of numerous books, including A Writer's Time. His partner and co-author, Chi-Li Wong, is a vice president at Atchity Entertainment. They both live in Los Angeles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2000

    Buy this book!

    As a screenwriting instructor, students are constantly asking me the 'secrets' of writing a treatment and making a million in Hollywood. FINALLY, I have a book to hand them that answers all their questions! This is an excellent resource for all aspiring screenwriters as well as instructors in need of content-rich reference material.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    Get that Story out on paper

    I carried a story around in my head for 10 yrs. After reading 'Writing treatments that Sell', it took about 6 weeks to turn it into a treatment for a feature film. Will it sell? That of course is the hard part, but it is my first and I feel pretty good about it!

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