Screenplays and Treatments
A treatment is the first step towards a full screen-play.
It usually consists of 30 pages of typed text, outlining the structure and narrative arc of a film or TV drama
From a detailed treatment it is a relatively easy step to a full screen-play with 'stage directions and dialogue
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This was prompted by an enquiry from Francois Ivernel, the producer responsible for 'The girl with a pearl earring'; 'Slumdog Millionaire'; 'The King's Speech' and many other fine films
Francois had seen an early draft of a novel I was then writing, about Napoleon's relationship in Egypt with a young woman from Carcassonne. Pauline became his mistress and was known as 'his little Cleopatra'
The above treatment was never taken up, largely I was assured, because it was too expensive to film. Anyway, I hope that was the only reason!
So, while I look for someone with a spare $20 million, you can now buy my treatment from Amazon at a fraction of the cost!