Explanatory Materials

If you're submitting a treatment for outside review, one way to add information other than what's in the film—because at best, the treatment can't possibly capture everything the film will deliver— is to include a preface, often called "an approach." For example, the filmmaker can state his or her objectives for the program and raise questions to be explored. "Was Father Divine an inspired religious leader who helped to reinvent the rules of social ministry? Or was he a potentially dangerous man deluded by power? This story will examine... ." The approach can offer explicit information about the themes and ideas that will be explored in the storytelling; it can also make the filmmaker's position on an issue clear. "We are committed to exploring the overwhelming evidence that manufacturers of XYZ knowingly withheld information about its dangers " Note, however, that questions must still remain to be explored; in this case, they might be "Were regulatory agencies aware of these dangers, and if so, why didn't they take action sooner?"

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