Near the end of 2013, the idea came up “how about a bunch of high school kids rob banks? HEAT meets KIDS!”
Of course, there have been a number of films with that through-line (the kids robbing banks part, not the HEAT meets KIDS part). I was intrigued, saw a way to spin it, and away I went.
The treatment was done the first week of January, twenty pages that skimmed over the story and characters.
Notes were received and, as I believe I’ve previously discussed, questions were asked that weren’t in a document a mere 20 pages long. This is the fallacy of the short treatment. You can’t win. Too short and you’ll get questions you’re not prepared to answer. Too long and, well, you might as well have just written the damn thing, right?
Writing a short treatment is like building your castle on the swamp:
… and of course, after the first, 2nd, and 3rd castles sink into the swamp, you end up with the STRONGEST CASTLE IN THE LAND!
My second treatment, completed around 3/9, was a whopping FIFTY-ONE pages. Hah! That would show them!
Away I went, turning my swamp — err, treatment — into a script. No big whoop there, it was damn near written for me in treatment form.
And so, on 4/11, version one of SAFE was out the door!
Then came… THE BIG DISCUSSION.