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Writing Treatments That Sell, Second Edition

Writing Treatments That Sell, Second Edition

How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry

Kenneth Atchity and Chi-li Wong

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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.

Praise for Writing Treatments That Sell, Second Edition

“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


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Kenneth Atchity and Chi-li Wong

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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