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

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


By (author) Kenneth John Atchity, By (author) Chi-Li Wong

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  • Publisher: Owl Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 257 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 20mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 13 February 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0805072780
  • ISBN 13: 9780805072785
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Sales rank: 267,761

Product description

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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Author information

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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"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"