This week, I'm in the treatment zone. No, I'm not getting a facial, although I do enjoy them from time to time (if you pop up with a 'fnarr', Lucy, you're barred!). I'll hopefully be signing the contract for my First Film Script Commission this week (which is very exciting, but I'll do the joyous jumping around once the contract's sorted, as is only proper), and in the meantime I'm starting work on a ten-page movie treatment for the project.
I haven't written one of these in a while, so needed a refresher. My eyes scanned along my desk's book shelf (flitting past Robert McKee's Story, as usual - I've yet to brave it. Does that make me a bad man?) and found something I bought at the LA Screenwriter's Expo last year. An A4-sized Treatment Pack by David S. Freeman, containing examples of treatments in various genres, as well as hints and tips. It's a nice, simple practical read and it's presumably still available through the man's website. It's definitely available at the Writer's Store here. By coincidence, Freeman is also lecturing in London this week (I swear I'm not on commission for this stuff), so check out the dates if you're interested in an audience with the man behind Beyond Structure.
David Bishop's short script Danny's Toys has won the Short category of the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards! This is absolutely top notch news, so if you haven't already yelled "Yes! You mad robotic genius!" at the man, then kindly do so, forthwith. I have no idea what 'forthwith' means, incidentally, but it felt so right.