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Paul Chitlik’s Second Annual Treatment Seminar

(As we do from time to time, we’re posting some practical resources on writing and writing better. This one is located in Los Angeles, but Paul is well-worth getting in contact with if you’d like to learn how to improve your craft–DQM)

What happens when you don’t sell that great spec, but it gets you into a room for a pitch?  You’re in luck.  Either they want to hear what else you’ve got or they want to pitch you an idea.  If a deal is made for you to write a film, the first thing you turn in when you write a film for hire is the treatment.  But if you don’t know how to put together a good “studio” treatment, you’re in a lot of trouble.  Your continuing presence on the project depends on how well you write the treatment.  It’s basically an audition for the job to write the screenplay. 

I offered this non-UCLA seminar last year to a small group of people.  The response was overwhelming with a waiting list I couldn’t get to.  

We had an amazing, intense experience in Berkeley in the home of John (producer of “The Incredibles”) and Pam Walker.  This year we’ll be having it in Los Angeles, so you can all save your air fare and put that money towards seeing year end films.  And another difference – We’ll start with your first draft beatsheet and craft it into a presentable treatment in five days.  

Yes, five days.  When you leave my seminar, you will know what it takes to write a treatment that will help you get to the next step in the deal.  

Here are the details: 

Dates:  From Monday, December 13 through Friday, December 17, 2010. 

Total cost:  $800, includes coffee/tea/snacks (10% off for my past private seminar participants, add 3% to pay via PayPal)
Deposit:  $150, due by October 15.
Remainder:  $650 due by November 15.

Seminar will either be from 10 AM to 1PM, or 2PM to 5PM, depending on the participants (who will be polled).  Office hours will be by appointment, and everyone will get at least one personal conference within office hours.  Location:  The Valley, but close.

ONE MORE THING:  The Summer Rewrite Retreat will be in Northern France (site to be determined) this year from June 12 to June 24.  Save the dates.  

Let me know soon.   
(If you are interested in working with Paul, please contact him directly at
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