Project Proposal Remastered Edition

TITLE (or what you expect it to be)

Center Street Blues


Out in the Cold Productions


  • Samuel Gearing
  • Dean Harvey
  • Eric Lozano


One sentence answering the question: what’s this documentary about?


We aim to target liberal 16-25 year olds who are politically and socially conscious. In addition, we equally hope to impact the baby boomer generation considering the rate of homelessness in the elderly population.


A couple sentences answering the question, what do you want your audience to take away from your documentary?


Describe the type of sounds we will hear, including music, spaces, and sound design.

TREATMENT (1 to 3 pages, single spaced)

A treatment is a short narrative written in simple, non-technical language (i.e., no camera angles, transitions, etc.) Your goal is to evoke how your audience will experience the film on screen.

The treatment is your way of working out a film story—not necessarily the final film story, but a good working model—on paper, so that even if nothing wonderful and unexpected happens on location to make your film a thousand times better, you’ll at least end up with a film that works. Whereas the LMW SHORT DOC OUTLINE handout describes a working structure of your film, the treatment is your film, on paper anyway—or to be more accurate, it is the film as you expect it to be, based on what you know now.

In the treatment section you should:
Tell the reader what they will hear and see on screen.
Describe the story and introduce any characters.


Write in active-voice present tense.

Write colorfully, so the reader visualizes what’s in your mind’s eye, but avoid splashy adjectives and hyperbole. That is, do not write: “This spellbinding story will be magically brought to life by the remarkable camera work of Jimmy James…” You have to show how the story is spellbinding and demonstrate that Mr. James’ work is remarkable by providing supporting information.

Be specific—don’t use words like may, might, possibly—your film will do this or that. List any other important production elements you expect to use.

Once again, you may not know the answer to all these questions—make your best guess.

You are not committed to use the things you write about—you change your mind later.

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