You will first need to identify and research:

  • What is a pitch? What does it consist of? What information needs to be included?
  • What is a treatment? What does it consist of? What information needs to be included?

You now need to write a pitch and treatment for your film/script. Consider the following:

  • Use persuasive language
  • What is your unique selling point?
  • Is it well planned and thought out? (You could gain feedback from your peers)
  • Provide sufficient detail
  • Have an exciting introduction to grab attention
  • Will the reader continue to be interested?
  • Make a bold statement to draw the listener in
  • Address the main issue and state your position – this is called an opening statement
  • Ask rhetorical questions
  • You are using persuasive writing – this uses mainly present tense
  • Use powerful verbs, strong adjectives by using emotive language
  • Use key points

Film Treatment

Film Treatment – A treatment is a summary of a screenplay, TV show, novel or other story, sometimes in the form of an outline. It can be anything from one to ten pages or even longer in length. Treatments can be used as a tool of development for the writer’s or used as a marketing tool.

Treatments – can be as long as 30-40 pages, but 1-10 pages is probably most common. There is no correct “length” for a treatment the way there is for screenplays because treatments are for a certain audience.

Create the log line. Most screenwriters begin with a one-to-two sentences description of their story. Ideally it includes the main character, the main antagonist, the nature of their conflict, genre elements (if it’s a comedy, it should be humorous; if it’s a thriller, it should thrill; if horror, it should horrify, etc.), and hints of the plot through, without revealing the end.

  • Usually screenwriters flesh out this log line further into a paragraph or more. At this point they are leaving behind the straitjacket of the log line and entering the more free-wheeling realm of the treatment.

Be aware that there are two ways to proceed from here:

  • Some writers expand the story like an outline, letting each bullet point represent a story beat or a scene, so that the final product approximates a rough scene outline of the entire story. Some may keep gradually fleshing out these bullet points, the way a painter colours in trace lines, until they’ve filled the whole thing out into a full rough draft.
  • Other writers prefer a more categorical approach, where they explore different aspects separately, not necessarily in chronological order. For example, they may have a list of major characters whom they describe with a paragraph or two. They may have entire back histories of the main characters that run a page or two long. They may describe key locations with a paragraph each. They may also describe the plot but have it deconstructed, perhaps with the main plot in one group of paragraphs and various subplots described separately, not interwoven the way they would be in the script.

Don’t be hung up on rules. Screenwriting is a fairly rigid craft with countless rules. Treatments are one of the few areas with no rules. It’s just a summary of the plot, perhaps with a little character study, usually 1-10 pages long.

The Actual Treatment



Script Proposal

Film Synopsis

Two troubled strangers meet in a coffee shop one fine Friday morning, little do they both know this meeting will change their lives forever. Miranda, a popular model within the city that never sleeps has deep reservations about signing her new modelling contract, requiring her to pledge another 6 years to her modelling agency. The fact is, she’s never liked modelling – in fact, she hates it. She hates how it puts her down at every turn, how it consumes every moment of her waking life with dieting and get fit plans. Regardless of this however she lacks the brazen to take a leap into her true passion, art. Proznov, our other main character lends her his brazen attitude. However little does he realise this exchange not only lends her his strength, but him her strength.

Proznov is a very old man in his late 70’s who has seen things. He is a recent widower due to Alzheimer’s, and as such is keeping his emotions over her death deep down, again due to his fearless and brazen attitude. His attempts to mask his emotions however do not fool Miranda, who can see the pain in his eyes. She pries and prods him until she finds the root of his problems, the non-acceptance of his wives demise. After a very long conversation, she shows him her perspective of things like that and helps him along the grieving process past the final step – acceptance.

The introduction or synopsis in the most critical element of your film proposal. It tells how compelling the project is and reveals how passionate the filmmaker is. If your synopsis is dynamic and is strategically placed, it will remain active in the readers mind.


Two strangers meet at a dire time in both their lives. His wife dead, her career in doubt – what will become of these two curious individuals?

An older man is forced to deal with a now ambiguous future after he enters retirement and his wife passes away battling with Alzheimer’s.

A younger woman sits on the precipice of a new life, her modelling contract has run out but she debates renewing it, due to her built up hate for the industry.

If you speak to a producer, director or agent, that person will ask you: What is your script about? You will have 30 seconds to describe the plot in a captivating way and be able to state the main concept of your story in one concise sentence.

Screenplay Structure

  1. The Set Up: How they meet, character introductions. Proznov forgets his wallet, Miranda gives it to him. Brief explanation of their problems, Proznovs wife and Mirandas reservations about the modelling industry. Conversation starts. Classically 30 minutes long where the situation, characters and conflict are introduced.
  2. The Conflict: The conversation develops, the deeper darker sides of the story are revealed and the two characters begin to work through their emotions and issues. Often an hour long, is where the conflict begins and expands until it reaches a crisis.
  3. The Resolution: Proznov is found dead in his apartment, Miranda then has to deal with this herself in the way Proznov dealt with his emotions. The conflict rises to one more crisis and is then resolved.


Proznov (Sir Michael Caine) –

Proud of his working class roots, Caine has discussed the opportunities his film career gave him He also became close friends with John Lennon, stating: “With John and I it was a case of bonding because we were both working class and we shared a sense of humour. We were pretending we weren’t who people thought we were.” His closest friends today include two former James Bonds, Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

His working class roots give him an insight into how Proznov would have lived, which should allow him to connect with Proznov on a much higher level. He is also a terrific actor.

Link – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Caine

Miranda (Cara Delevingne) – Model/Actress

On 8 June 2015, Delevingne’s profile was removed from Storm Model Management’s website. It was later confirmed that she had cut ties with her management to focus on her acting career. In July, Delevingne appeared on the cover of American Vogue.

She later, in August 2015, disclosed that a major reason for quitting modeling and focusing on acting was that the stress had, at least to some degree, contributed to her developing the skin condition psoriasis. This gives her some relatability to the character portrayed in my film as they both left or want to leave the modelling industry due to its nature. She is now an actress, and has the experience required for this film role.

Link – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cara_Delevingne

Describe the characters or actors in detail and why their experience is important to your film. This part of the film proposal should real like a short story and be written in the present tense.

The Film Treatment

Proznov is at Cafe Oren getting his weekly Mocha, this became a thing around the time his wife died as he used to go out every so often with her and just chat – he uses this as a way to cling on to the memory of his wife. He lacks the motivation to do anything since her death, due to the love he had for her. Her death shattered him emotionally and now he lacks the will to live. This all changed when his accidental interaction with Miranda occurred. Proznov is 72 years old, of pale complexion and fairly tall compared to most people. He is an immigrant from Eastern Europe, his birthplace is only later revealed as he left under dire circumstances.

One day in his routine he bumped into a young model named Miranda who was getting her morning coffee in preparation for her latest photo shoot. She wants to leave the modelling industry but lacks the confidence in her other talents to do this, her main other talent being painting which she excels at. Due to her many years in the overly critical modelling industry however she has lost much of her self confidence in her abilities and is content with where she is with her life. Miranda is 22, blonde, skinny, attractive and has very defining facial features. She recently moved from the suburbs to the city, and until recently was a fairly small town girl. She finds city life hard to grasp, and struggles with the day to day pressures of modern life.

He leaves his scarf on the table when he gets up to leave, she notices and catches up with him letting her know. He then offers offers to buy her a drink, this is how the conversation starts. Worth mentioning, there will be absolutely no romantic interest in each other although they will both think the other to be attractive for their age.

They then get to chatting and one thing leads to another and before they know it they’re spilling their past experiences to each over and consoling each over on what to do with their life problems, this leads to them both becoming changed people by this encounter. Miranda follows her dreams of becoming an artists quitting the modelling industry whilst Proznov finally accepts his wife’s death and is ready to move on with his life. Before they depart however they take each others details and agree to meet at a later date, although it is not specified.

However, in a tragic turn of events Proznov dies that evening. This can be seen in a much more meaningful way. His acceptance of his wife’s passing finally allows him the relaxation and relief of death, ending the story on a bittersweet note. Although the story ends for him it carries on with Miranda, she quits her modelling job and pursues her artistic career, which she is successful in. The script will show this at a later date, she then calls his home phone multiple times to which she receives no answer. This leads to her discovery of his death when the landlord answers the phone, the landlord then proceeds to explain to her what happened and she begins to sob. She then visits his grave and accepts his death in turn.

The film treatment presents the entire story including the ending, and use some key scenes and dialogue from the screenplay it is based on. It is more detailed than the synopsis and may include details of your directorial style that an outline omits.

Production Crew

Producer – James Cameron

James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found major success with the science fiction action film The Terminator (1984). He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to write and direct Aliens (1986); three years later he followed up with The Abyss(1989).

Link – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cameron

Sound Editor – Richard King

Richard King is an American sound designer and editor who has worked on over 70 films. A native of Tampa, Florida, he graduated from Plant High School (1972) and the University of South Florida. He won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing for the filmsMaster and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception (2010). Won Best Sound for Inception.He was also nominated for War of the Worlds (2005) and Interstellar (2014).

Link – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_King_(sound_designer)

Director – Steven Spielberg

Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American director, producer and screenwriter. Spielberg is considered as one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. He is one of the co-founders of DreamWorks Studios.

Link – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Spielberg

Director of Photography – Roger Deakins

Roger Deakins was born on May 24, 1949 in Torquay, Devon, England. He is known for his work on The Shawshank Redemption (1994), No Country for Old Men (2007) andSkyfall (2012). He has been married to James Ellis since December 11, 1991.

Link – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005683/

Include brief biographies of your key crew (e.g Producer, Director, Writer, Director of Photography, Sound Editor, etc). Include information that shows their experience in your type of film and why they are beneficial to the project. The stronger your crew is, the more likely your project will get funding.



Also called a Look Book, create a visual representation of the ambience of your film giving the reader a feeling of what your film will look like. It tells the story of your film in pictures. The general feel of the film, stick it on a piece of paper take pictures of it.

Storyboard Template


Storyboard to easily plan your shot list.

Target Audience

The intended audience for my script is mature teens, and goes all the way up to elderly people. Younger people would relate to Miranda whilst the older would relate to Proznov. I want to show the fickle nature of human mortality in a light-hearted and easily understood way. I wish to draw upon the deeper innate fears that every human has towards their own mortality and unwillingness to accept change.

Identify the intended audience for the project. What are the demographic(s) and their interests? Who do you want to educate or entertain with your project? Be specific, show you have done your research.

Abbreviated Budget

Looking at other independent films I estimate the cost at about 1 million for an independent film maker.

If I was to present this idea to hollywood and have them make it I would be looking at a substantially higher budget of between 25-50 million. It all depends on what kind of film I would like to make.