A movie treatment is a narrative, written in the present tense, of a movie idea. It’s used to follow up a ‘pitch’ or synopsis of a story, so that producers can get a clearer look at how you intend to develop your idea. Treatments come in various lengths, depending on the purpose. Short treatments include story beats without a lot of detail. Longer treatments can give your reader a very complete, detailed idea of how your movie will play out from beginning to end.
Sample of short treatment for a movie idea: (1-2 pages)
Sample of a mid-length treatment for a movie idea: (4-5 pages)
Sample of a long treatment for a movie idea: (7-10 pages)