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#1 Danielito

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 05:50 AM

Hi all

For my filmproject I have fullfilled already many pages. Now I would like to do a script withit.

Could anyone tell me where I can download a script - program for my mac or give some link to an internet store where I could buy any program ?


Many thanks
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 10:04 AM

Hi all

For my filmproject I have fullfilled already many pages. Now I would like to do a script withit.

Could anyone tell me where I can download a script - program for my mac or give some link to an internet store where I could buy any program ?
Many thanks
Danielito


Full script programs like Final Draft aren't cheap. Although you can get educational discounts.

If you want a free download for Word try: http://www.bbc.co.uk...om/scriptsmart/


For a full script program:
http://www.writersst...roducts_id=2220
http://www.finaldraft.com/
http://www.amazon.co...n/dp/B0001XNGZ2
http://www.thescreen...e.net/index.php
http://www.screensty...enwriting1.html
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#3 Justin Lipetz

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 10:16 AM

Theres also a program called Celtx which is free and is pretty good.

http://www.celtx.com/
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#4 Ian Marks

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 12:00 PM

You might want to look into a program called "Sophocles." I believe you can download a demo copy to see if you like it before you waste, er, spend your money on it.

HOWEVER ---- YOU DON'T NEED ANY SPECIALIZED SOFTWARE TO WRITE A SCRIPT.

Yes, it's true! Scriptwriting software programs are unnecessary! You can use any word processor in the world! In fact, I have it on good authority that scripts were once written WITHOUT THE AID OF A COMPUTER, using something called a typewriter. Amazing.

Seriously, though, don't waste your money. If you need a full-featured word processor, just download Openoffice, a free software suite that's fully compatible with the Microsoft Office suite of programs. Included is a "Writer," a word-processor that does everything that Microsoft Word does (and which can read and write the same format, making it possible to exchange documents between the two programs). I've been using it for years to write scripts. Just set up your margins and tabs to conform to the screenplay format, change your font to Courier 12, and get to work (format information is all over the place - you can buy a screenwriting book or just look online).

Specialized screenplay writing programs do automate some of the formatting chores, and this obviously is a convenience, but ultimately, it's the writing that's hard, not the formatting - a word processor like Openoffice's "Writer," or WordPerfect or Word or any other word processor you already own, will do just fine.
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#5 Ian Marks

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 12:03 PM

Oh yeah - forgot to add that Openoffice is available for the Mac (OS X), and also, the last time I looked Wordperfect for Mac was a free download for older Mac operating systems.
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#6 Keith Mottram

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 02:25 PM

HOWEVER ---- YOU DON'T NEED ANY SPECIALIZED SOFTWARE TO WRITE A SCRIPT.


but it could save you a shitload of time... i thoroughly recomend final draft, i couldn't write without it now.
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#7 Nate Downes

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 08:14 PM

I use Open Office with the screenplay plugin
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#8 Hal Smith

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 10:27 PM

I bought Final Draft late last year and found the learning curve for it to be as flat as a board, I was using it pretty well within the first couple of hours. It's worth the expense, hopefully you can qualify for the educational version at $169. I've been using word processors for almost twenty years so I did have some basis to build on learning FD but they've done a great job of making it easy.
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#9 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 11:12 PM

Hi all

For my filmproject I have fullfilled already many pages. Now I would like to do a script withit.

Could anyone tell me where I can download a script - program for my mac or give some link to an internet store where I could buy any program ?
Many thanks
Danielito


Check with an Apple store about "Pages". I think that it's extremely inexpensive
(may come with some laptops) and it has an easy to use script program,
along with lots of other stuff, that works
great and then allows you to export your script as a Word document or PDF in order
to send to other people.
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#10 Ian Marks

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:33 PM

I use Open Office with the screenplay plugin


There's a screenplay plugin? Where would I find that? I'd like to give it a try.
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#11 Danielito

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 03:39 AM

thanks a lot to all for the infos!! B)

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#12 Chris Durham

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 04:25 PM

Theres also a program called Celtx which is free and is pretty good.

http://www.celtx.com/


I use Celtx on both my Windows and Linux boxes. I love it. Good basic scripting software with production management tools as well.
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#13 Nate Downes

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 09:57 PM

There's a screenplay plugin? Where would I find that? I'd like to give it a try.

Open Office Screenplay template

All I've used for years.
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#14 Michael Palm

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 11:49 PM

FINAL DRAFT is great.

But what really counts is a knowlege of the format and PRACTICE.
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#15 Ian Marks

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 11:27 AM

Thanks, Nate!
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#16 Nathan Donnelly

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 06:34 PM

If you've got Microsoft Word, check out the Dr. Format plugin. It's cheap, and good for noobs.
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#17 Mark Bonnington

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 09:38 PM

I use Celtx. It's free, so how wrong can you go with that. Plus it has a lot of extra features that can be useful for when you go into production. The only thing I don't like about it is that it doesn't handle simultaneous dialog, but then I think they're currently working on adding that feature to the next release.
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