Question by Carrie Sutherland: How does a screenwriter decide how many scenes to write in the step outline if there is no set amount of?
scenes that are in a movie? And do you write the treatment before writing the screenplay?
Answer by Harbinger
The outline is just a guide to keep the writer from diverging off the story with scenes that don’t end up affecting the ending. You basically include what you already know about your story with the understanding that it will develop further as you’re writing. The outline should have the major elements such as the inciting incident, plot twists and resolution.
If you write an outline, then you really don’t need a treatment. It’s better to just get your bearings so you know where you’re starting and ending points are and then just write that first draft straight through. It’s more productive to work at rewriting the first draft than putting major effort into a treatment that will also change as you write the actual script.
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