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Film Treatment: Should We Be Plotters or "Panties"?


A Film Treatment helps you plan your story before you spend all your time writing a whole screenplay. If you are a planner this is an important part of the processes.


On the other hand, if you are a "Panties", which, apparently, is someone that "flies by the seat of their pants with their storytelling." This means they are open to the creativity of their characters and storyline as their story unfolds. One drawback may be the possibility of veering off course and needing to go back to correct storyline issues.


Many people find a sweet spot somewhere in the middle.


A Film Treatment includes:


1. Title. Give your treatment a title, even if it’s just a working title.

2. Logline. This is a short sentence summarizing the premise.

3. Plot summary, usually a one-page summary.

4. Key characters. Provide a breakdown of key characters, including their arch or how their character develops in the story.


Additional Resources for Film Treatments:


MasterClass Article

Studio Binder Blog Post



This is a Free Film Treatment Sample. Click the link or image below to get a downloadable Film Template template via Google Drive. Make a copy and get started with your own treatment.



Free Film Treatment

Have fun, stay curious and keep writing.



Additional Resources for Film Treatments:

Free Film Treatment Sample.

MasterClass Article

Studio Binder Blog Post

Film Treatment Post - Plotters vs Panties

Free Film Treatment Sample



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