Film Treatment ARTH334 Section 6210
No late submissions; No excuses.
Concept: Create an original fictional five-act linear dramatic film treatment with a log line. This must represent a standalone feature-length film and not be part of an intended trilogy, sequel or prequel. You will essentially be using the same Equilibrium structure that you determined in the first assignment. Act 1 – Equilibrium, Act 2 – Disruption, Act 3 – The Quest, Act 4 – Disequilibrium, Act 5 – New Equilibrium. You may want to base this on your idea from the Film Pitch Discussion or try another concept. You must first email a one-page segmentation of your film concept for approval. Once approved, you may begin writing your treatment. No treatment will be accepted without first having a segmentation approved.
Length: 3-4 pages (minimum/maximum: no less; no more).
Submission: Must be submitted as a Word™ document. Please post in your assignment folder. If LEO is problematic, you may email it, provided it is date stamped by the due date. Be aware that date stamps are assigned when processed and not when submitted, so do not wait until the last minute. Submissions date-stamped Monday, June 16 or after will receive a zero for the assignment, so make sure you submit something on time to earn some points. If you email, make sure that you look for a reply email from me acknowledging receipt. The fact that you emailed it does not mean it transmitted successfully.
- Standard Prose format that is highly visual
- No Dialogue
- Write action/behavior – no thoughts
- Present tense
- Specific rather than generic elements – “the red Mustang convertible” rather than “a red
- Include only the necessary details that will advance the story and drive the action
- The first time a character’s name appears in the treatment, print the name in all caps bold. Thereafter you may use normal formatting with upper and lowercase. For example – PROFESSOR WHEELER and subsequently Professor Wheeler.
- Employ a hook – What makes the story different and engaging?
- Label each act/equilibrium on a separate line and centered (as in the sample).
- Paragraph format – Indent paragraphs
- No dream sequences – those surprises are highly disappointing.
- No therapy sessions – too talkative
Log Line: A one-sentence send-up of the film designed to capture audience interest.
“A Parisian rat teams up with a man with no talent to battle convention and the critics that anyone can cook and open their own restaurant.”
This website may help you through the log line process:
Review the Log Line handout under Content> Week Two
Grade Value: 140 pts. 14% of final grade
- 1” margins top, bottom, left and right.
- Your treatment must not be part of a cell pasted into Word from another program.
- Number your pages in the lower right corner
- Do not place anything in headers or footers (aside from page numbers)
- 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
- Upper right corner – Your name, course & date single-spaced (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in Word)
- Skip one line
- Your Proposed Film Title (all caps) centered.
- Skip one line
- Log Line: Begin at left margin
- Skip one line
- Act 1 – Equilibrium (centered) [Repeat for each subsequent act as noted under Concept]
- Skip one line
- Double-spaced Treatment (0 pts. before and 0 pts. after, under paragraph formatting in
- Indent paragraphs ½ inch
- Left justified
- No extra spaces between paragraphs
- Proof your work aloud. You will catch grammar issues that a silent read will miss.
- Spell-check will not catch misused words that are spelled correctly (e.g. then v. than).
- Spelling will be validated using www.m-w.com
- Double-check the formatting requirements before submitting your paper for grading.
- Film stories are written in the present tense.
- Employ active voice rather than passive voice.
- Maintain subject-verb agreement.
- Keep your sentences to the point. Communicate. At these margins settings, if your sentence extends to three lines, think about revising it. If it extends to four lines, revise it.
- Abide by all principles and rules noted in the Writing Video.
Act 1 – Equilibrium
NICOLE takes her friend, RONALD to a salsa class that she heard about online. The two friends enjoy the class so much that they start going frequently. Soon after, the salsa instructor, LEITO tells Nicole that she’s advanced so much that she should start coming to the upper-level class but says that Ronald is not ready to advance. At the new class, Nicole meets DARIO, who is very good at salsa dancing. Dario is a quiet, shy and sweet man from El Salvador. Nicole loves talking with Dario because she loves learning Spanish. Dario also acts chivalrously and walks Nicole to her car every night after salsa practice. Soon, Leito tells Nicole that if she wants to continue to advance she should make Dario her official partner. The two quickly become inseparable dance partners and begin to spend all their free time together either dancing or just getting to know each other. Nicole is fun-loving and carefree and can be pretty goofy. For these reasons Dario loves spending time with Nicole and quickly falls for her charm, beauty and intelligence.
Ask Questions – If you are unsure of any element, do not assume