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Michael Halperin

Michael Halperin worked as an Executive Story Consultant for 20th Century Fox Television and on staff with Universal Television. He has written and/or produced numerous television episodes and documentaries, and is the author of Writing the Second Act: Building Conflict and Tension in Your Film Script

Articles by Michael Halperin

How do I Treat my Treatment?

Question: I have completed my screenplay, but I never wrote a treatment. I met a producer who wants to see a treatment only. Some people say a treatment should be three pages long, some say 12. Any advice?

Michael Halperin, author of 'Writing the Killer Treatment,' responds:

Before starting out on a treatment based on a completed screenplay, you have to ask questions. Doe... (read more)

Victorians' Secrets: A Nineteenth-Century Guide to Screenwriting, or How the Victorians Invented the Screenplay

It may seem peculiar in the 21st century to discuss screenwriting in the same breath as anything that had to do with the 19th century. What does one have to do with the other? After all, the only visual representation that remotely resembled a motion picture was Muybridge's zoopraxiscope: a revolving device cons... (read more)