Screenplay Treatments

Treatments are used to promote screenplays in lieu of sending out the screenplay itself. They normally run from several pages up to thirty pages and crafted by the screenwriter prior to writing the actual screenplay often, so they can use the treatment like an outline to help them write that first draft. A treatment is the complete story broken down into its simplest form, very much like a short story. Treatments allow screenwriters to communicate their screenplay idea in a brief, yet compelling way but can serve as a powerful diagnostic tool as well.