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Treatments
  • A treatment is a brief explanation of what your program is all about and how you intend to tell the story. Anyone who reads your treatment should walk away with a clear picture of how your story will unfold. There are usually several ways you can approach the same topic. In the field of news reporting, a treatment is sometimes referred to as a story angle or slant. One treatment decision to make is the story’s format. Within each format there are other choices.
  • If you’re doing some sort of documentary, will the story be told from the point of [[#|view]] of an observer or a participant? Will there be an off-camera narrator or an on-camera reporter? Will there be a mix of both? If you interview people for the story, will the interviewer be shown asking questions on camera or will you just use the answers in your edited story? If you’re doing a work of fiction, will there be on-camera dialog from your actors? Will the story and dialog be read by an off-camera storyteller as the actors pantomime the action? Will there be a mix of the two, like the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon adventures?
  • Let’s take the topic of peer pressure. There are many formats to choose from, and each could have multiple approaches. Here are a few quick partial treatment ideas. Actual full treatments would need further explanation. [As you read these treatment ideas, think of your movie's topic and imagine which treatment you would like to employ when you make your movie.]

  • Informational
    • Treatment 1
      • This program will define what peer pressure is and give examples of how teenagers are subjected to it. An off-camera narrator will give a definition of peer pressure and describe various circumstances in which it can occur. Video of teenagers will be used to illustrate each occurrence cited.
    • Treatment 2
      • This program will show the many circumstances in which peer pressure can affect the behavior of teenage girls. The story will center on the experiences of five teenage girls who have been identified for the story. Each girl will talk about one form of peer pressure that has affected her behavior in a voice over. Video will show that girl interacting with her peers.
  • Investigative report
    • National reports have indicated that there is peer pressure for high school girls not to get good grades or appear too smart. This story will investigate if girls at our school feel this type of pressure, and if so, why?
    • Positive peer pressure can result from being involved in school activities and volunteer groups. What are the groups at our school that exert positive peer pressure?
  • Event
    • A school assembly will be held on November 9th to encourage students to resist peer pressure to become involved in negative activities. This story will take excerpts from the presentation and get the reaction from students and faculty as to the effectiveness of the message.
  • Historical
    • Using old [[#|photos]] ([[#|school yearbook]] and others), video (past editions of the school video yearbook), and interviews with people of various ages, this program will examine how peer pressure has always been a part of school life.
  • Interview
    • A school guidance [[#|counselor]] talks about peer pressure with a student interviewer. The video will cutaway to shots of kids exhibiting behaviors resulting from peer pressure: smoking, clothing styles, etc.
  • Fiction: drama
    • This video will tell the story of Jenny, a school athlete who gets kicked off the team, loses her [[#|drivers license]], etc. because she gave in to peer pressure to attend a party where there was alcohol being consumed.
  • Music video
    • Our original rap song, You Can’t Pressure Me!, will be used as the backing soundtrack. Various kids, teachers, administrators, and others will each sing a line from the song. They will be taped at various locations around the school and community.
  • Promotional / Motivational
    • This will be a one-minute public service announcement about the positive influence of the school’s Peer Helper program. It will feature current peer helpers giving one-sentence reasons why they joined, and what they think the organization has done for them and other students.
  • Instructional
    • This video will demonstrate techniques middle school students can use to counter negative peer pressure. A series of vignettes will depict students using these techniques in specific situations.