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Monkey Treatment . . .

Posted by 2 Dollar Productions Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Another hurdle in the screenplay saga has been cleared as we finally agreed to a working draft this weekend, and I registered it with the Writers Guild yesterday.

This was a fine development in my eyes as I'm tired of re-working this script, and am ready to start pitching it different places. As I mentioned to the producer recently, we could tinker with the script forever and if it actually catches hold anywhere, then we'll certainly have to re-write elements to fit a studio, actor, etc.

I'm not packing my bags for Hollywood anytime soon, but it's one step closer to the ultimate prize.


Anyway, now I'm tasked with writing a treatment which always accompanies a script because most people are too lazy to actually read the product without a marketing piece selling it - hence the treatment.

The treatment is actually giving me more problems than the script itself because I loathe reading copy written by marketing folks, and consequently, I have a difficult time writing that way. There are also no hard and fast rules about what to include in a treatment and the length varies from 2 - 25 pages.

We've settled on about 5 pages as the goal. A common element is the logline, which is a summation of the entire script into a single sentence. This is the one I've started with:

A former 'Wild Man' turned suburban accountant finds his life irrevocably altered after inheriting a Swingers Sex Club, and suddenly his strained marriage, his cutthroat work environment and his placid neighborhood existence are thrown into hilarious chaos.

I'm not wild about it, however, it's a start and I am excited about entering this new phase of the project. But I really just want to settle on a treatment we all agree on, and then begin to schedule pitch meetings because that is something I've never seen before and would love to try on for size.

-BDS

17 comments

  1. Heff Says:
  2. I think you NAILED IT in one sentence, but you probably HAD better go for a few pages, lol.

     
  3. JLee Says:
  4. That's good news. Keep up the good work!

     
  5. JLee Says:
  6. JINX Heff! ;)

     
  7. A bio-pic, eh?

     
  8. Heff - Unfortunately I must continue. Ha. But I'm glad the one sentence seemed to catch some attention. That's what I need.

    Jlee - Thanks and good call on the jinx. Cover all bases. Ha.

    WhatIgot - More or less. It's easy writing when you can draw from experience.

     
  9. Heff Says:
  10. JLee - I knew I had to hurry to comment before you. Barely made it I guess, lol.

     
  11. Linda Says:
  12. That was plenty for me, cracked me up! Good luck!

     
  13. Remember those words from Strunk & White... omit unnecessary words! omit unnecessary words!

    I think five pages is the correct number for those H-Wood types who probably don't have the attention span for much more. (or bathroom time.)

    Either way - congrats! As a fan of this genre of movie (I blame my husband) I think there is potential for you to get this sold.

     
  14. Heff - Quick on the draw is a good asset to have - and boast about. ha.

    Linda - I'm glad. Thanks and let's hope the rest works too.

    Anonymous Boxer - I will answer your tag on Monday . . . promise. And I'm glad you like the genre and thank your husband. Ha. I agree about unnecessary words, but sometimes they are hard to let those little bastards go.

     
  15. That Tag is great for days when post ideas are scarce. Have you looked at Wendy D's?......

     
  16. Gypsy Says:
  17. I'm on a blogging vacation but I just couldn't go past congratulating you on your news. That's wonderful and good luck with the treatment. You are one step closer to that red carpet my friend :)

     
  18. Miss Ash Says:
  19. Exciting news nontheless that everything is moving along!

    Where the hell do you find these pictures lol?

     
  20. Anonymous Boxer - I completely agree as we all have those days. Ha. And I plan to check out Wendy's today. Thanks.

    Gypsy - I saw you were on hiatus/vacation/etc., so I appreciate you stopping by and for the good words. Enjoy your time off & I hope things are well.

    Miss Ash - I'm glad someone finally commmented on the picture. Ha. I thought it was bizarre and it takes work to find these damn things, but I am nothing if not thorough.

     
  21. grace Says:
  22. How exciting!!! I'm glad everything is going well. Keep us informed every step of the way :)

     
  23. vivavavoom Says:
  24. I think it is very good! and it definitely invited me to want to know more...like a good teaser does. but how do you inherit a swingers club? and why do I not have relatives like that?

     
  25. I think this is so cool. I hope it's a box office smash and you rake in all kinds of cash!

     
  26. Grace - Thanks and will do. It's a new thing for me, and so I find it interesting and hope it translates.

    Vivavavoom - That's the magic of the movies. Ha. I'm glad you liked it as the whole purpose of the treatment is to sell the ideas in a short amount of time. Thanks.

    Native Minnow - I appreciate it as I just want to be able to pitch the thing to someone in a position to make a movie. That would be bizarre in and of itself considering we started in a vaccum with absolutely no industry connnections.

     

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