A screenplay is the most essential part of the filmmaking process. You wouldn’t have a film at all without a well-crafted screenplay. The screenplay is the anchor to an entire project. It is the single most important document used and referred to by all cast and crew members. It is the written text that provides the basis for a film production. Screenplays usually include not only the dialogue spoken by the characters but also a shot-by-shot outline of the film’s action.
Treatments are a way for a writer to test out an idea before investing their creative energy fully into a new screenplay. Treatments also allow for writers to summarize their story idea, so they can present the story to studio executives or producers who might want to finance the film.
A cover letter for a film grant application is similar to an artist statement. It’s a short but sweet series of sentences that describes who you are, what you want to make, and why you and your project should be chosen.
For up-and-comers, short films are also an efficient way to build a bigger portfolio of past works much faster. At the end of the day, the purpose of any short film is simple: to showcase your talent and make the case that you should be entrusted with a larger production that carries a larger budget. Guaranteed submission to Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival andÂ BFI London Film Festival.