On my original introductory post about the principles of screenwriting, I wrote that “in filmmaking, the story is first developed in the screenplay.” That is only half-true. Within the Phases of Film Production, it is true that the film only begins to exist with the screenplay (this “document” is needed for planning, casting, budgeting, scheduling, etc). However, within the world of screenwriting, the story can be developed in a multitude of different ways.
Over the weekend, April left this comment on the aforementioned post:
- Some people use cards, note pads, and white boards to outline. I’ve outlined on a mirror before. If you are in a restaurant when the light bulb goes on, a napkin works too, which is why there are no specific parameters to it.
- Here are the deets on a treatment sale: http://deadline.com/2010/05/legendary-pictures-re-teams-with-clash-of-the-titans-scribe-on-pacific-rim-44335/
- Also on the link above, you will see that the sold treatment was 25 pages long. Many other sources also list The Terminator as having a 40+ page treatment written by James Cameron himself (click here to read it). The longer it is, the harder it will be for a producer to finish reading it. Keep that in mind.