Writing The Proposal

It is clear enough that everything starts with the idea, but what comes next? Proposal or research? Are we back to the conundrum of the chicken and the egg vying for seniority? Or maybe the example of Siamese twins offers a better guide for us because, in practice, proposal and research are totally intertwined and march forward together. Therefore, if this chapter comes before research, it is only for convenience, as both proceed in tandem.

The two questions regarding proposals are what to write, and then where to send your brilliant effort if no first approaches have been made. This chapter deals with the former while leaving the matter of destination till chapter 22, "Staying Alive." For argument's sake, however, let's assume that you have spoken to someone and that your initial idea has had a warm reception. You have met with the potential sponsors or the television department heads, who like your ideas but want to know more. Now you have to write a formal proposal that will define your thinking in much greater detail.

A proposal is, first and foremost, a device to sell a film. It may serve many other functions, such as clarifying your own thinking or showing your friends what you want to do, and it will provide information useful to all sorts of people. It will show your working hypothesis, your lines of inquiry, your point of view on the subject, and all its dramatic possibilities. But its central purpose is to convince someone, probably a TV

commissioning editor or some organization head, that you have a great idea, that you know what you want to do, that you are efficient, professional, and imaginative, and that you should therefore be given the contract for the film and be financially supported in your endeavors.

Sometimes a proposal is called for after a film has been awarded to a producer. However, for the next few pages, I want to discuss the general writing of the proposal when its prime purpose is to get your foot in the door and sell the film.

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