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  • Easier to write a script than treatment?

    Does anybody else have that issue? I can write a script without a treatment, but I can't write a treatment with a script.

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    Re: Easier to write a script than treatment?

    True. After the script is done, if you have to do a treatment it's hard to tell what's important and what isn't so my treatment ends up being incredibly long. But when I've written the treatment first, the script usually ends up being twice as long (w/many more scenes, that is). I wish I could avoid treatments all together.
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      Re: Easier to write a script than treatment?

      I have no idea why anyone would write a treatment *after* you write the script. The treatment is a step in the writing of the script (in an assignment) - to make sure you have the story worked out before you spend the time writing 110 pages.

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        Re: Easier to write a script than treatment?

        Originally posted by wcmartell
        I have no idea why anyone would write a treatment *after* you write the script. The treatment is a step in the writing of the script (in an assignment) - to make sure you have the story worked out before you spend the time writing 110 pages.

        - Bill
        I know, but not all writers are able to do that. For some writers it is easier to write the script and avoid the treatment all together.

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          Re: Easier to write a script than treatment?

          The only time I would do a treatment is if I was being paid to do so.

          I work a logline from an idea, then work out a beatsheet, and then write the first draft. That's just me.
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            Re: Easier to write a script than treatment?

            Originally posted by writerman
            The only time I would do a treatment is if I was being paid to do so.

            I work a logline from an idea, then work out a beatsheet, and then write the first draft. That's just me.
            That's me as well. I'm writing a script in which I kind of wrote a two page thing for it, other than that, I've never used a treatment.

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              Re: Easier to write a script than treatment?

              Originally posted by lache
              For some writers it is easier to write the script and avoid the treatment all together.
              Well, you can't do that if it's part of a step deal (assignment). You have to write the treatment before you go to script.

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                Re: Easier to write a script than treatment?

                Treatment is prose, script is not. I think that's why screenwriters tumble
                over words.

                Charli

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