TREATMENT LAYOUT The treatment is perhaps the most mysteriously undefined writing format in the film industry. This document exists to present your screenplay ideas in a clear and concise manner - providing structure, character, locations, and theme. Usually written in prose, this narrative summarizing of the screenplay may provide some of the same elements as a step-outline, but tries to convey the story in a more natural manner. Layout: Written mostly in prose and single-spaced, successful treatments usually implement paragraph breaks to highlight scenes or major beats. Some authors also like to use scenic headers (much like a slug-line) to further define the plot point (and make it easy for execs to scan). That being said, the form is quite flexible, and may use all or some of the aforementioned style tools. Page Count: Treatments usually range between 12-20 pages. They are designed to guide development, not replace the screenplay. Try to keep the count under 20, and certainly beware of going past 30. View Sample On Next Page: Below is an example of industry standard page format for treatment submissions. Although it describes the different types, treatments often use the same layout. TITLE OF STORY Feature Film - Treatments are typically single-spaced, with a 12 size font. These documents tend to run 10-20 pages and cover the main elements of the story. Similar to a short story, the treatment will outline characters, the core sequences, and the over-arching structure of the screenplay. The document should be engaging and provide insight into how the film will work without dialog. Television Unscripted (Reality, Game Show) - Treatments are typically single-spaced with a 12 size font and broken into key sections such as concept, episode break-down, narrative requirements, and prize/results. These documents tend to run 10-20 pages and cover the main elements of the show's premise and delivery. While it should provide key facts and some detail, remember that it's an overview and the details do not need to be completely flushed out. However, each section should be clearly marked. Television Scripted (One Hour Drama, Sitcom) - Often referred to as a "Show Bible", scripted television treatments are typically single-spaced, with a 12 size font. These documents tend to run 10-20 pages, cover the main elements of the over-all story, and are broken into key sections such as concept, episode break-down, narrative requirements, and character arcs. It will pay special attention to outlining the growth of the characters throughout the course of 1-2 seasons and help define plot lines to some of the key episodes.