Increasingly, producers, agents and managers are becoming disinclined to read entire screenplays. They are initially interested in reading a synopsis ranging from one paragraph to a few pages. What do you include?
Much like a treatment, it summarizes the theme, character and plot of your screenplay in narrative form.
A synopsis should summarize all three acts of your story. It should reveal story and character in a visual rather than prosaic manner.
Jump into the first act. Start with the character, central theme and conflict. State the genre and emotional landscape. This creates an audience expectation.
You don’t have room for an exhaustive scene breakdown. Write from memory so you only write the key scenes.
Include set pieces and plot twists.
Visually describe key moments or scenes rather than intricate details.
Allow your readers to become immersed in and surprised by the story.
Finally, you are painting motion pictures with words. Paint with broad brush strokes.