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#1 Robert G Andrews

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 04:54 AM

I have just completed a manuscript, a great story, and wanted to make it into a script. What SCRIPT SOFTWARE would you recommend? Ideally, the most popular software that is used.
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#2 Francesco Bonomo

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 05:09 AM

I have just completed a manuscript, a great story, and wanted to make it into a script. What SCRIPT SOFTWARE would you recommend? Ideally, the most popular software that is used.


Final Draft ($229)
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#3 Robert G Andrews

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 05:15 AM

Final Draft ($229)



many thanks
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#4 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 05:21 AM

Final Draft is currently the main one, here's a thread on the subject:

http://www.cinematog...script software

I've used both Scriptware and Final Draft and whilst having different features, the actual writing process is pretty similar. OF these two Final Draft is the more modern program and has a lot more extras.

However, the limitation is the writer, not the software.
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#5 Bob Hayes

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 07:44 AM

I use Movie Magic Screen Writer $175. I am very happy with it.
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#6 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 09:35 AM

I use "Pages" on a MacBookPro. It's pretty good but I'm wondering, do Final Draft or
Movie Magic Screen Writer have a way in which you can click on a certain character's name
and then center every instance of that name?

I find it faster to go through the script writing without formatting and then come back and hit
'dialogue' or 'character' or 'action' or whatever and format them. However I can't do all dialogue
or character names at once. I have to go through the script, select whatever in the format menu
and then apply it as I go. It would be way faster if I could format more efficiently. Do these programs
do that?
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#7 Francesco Bonomo

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 09:41 AM

do Final Draft or Movie Magic Screen Writer have a way in which you can click on a certain character's name and then center every instance of that name?


If I remember correctly, Final Draft does that automatically, i.e. every time you push the RETURN key, and via the TAB key to select the appropriate formatting. It also stores the names of characters and locations, so you don't have to type them every time.
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#8 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 09:57 AM

If I remember correctly, Final Draft does that automatically, i.e. every time you push the RETURN key, and via the TAB key to select the appropriate formatting. It also stores the names of characters and locations, so you don't have to type them every time.


Scriptware does this as well, it seems to be a standard feature with these script programs.
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#9 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 10:58 AM

Hmmm, that would save me...HOURS! Thanks.
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#10 Paul Bruening

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 01:56 PM

I started out on MS Word with hotkeys set to certain functions. Since I've had Final Draft, I've become a happy slave to it. I can think less about the act of typing and more about what's rattling around in my noodle.
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#11 Robert Glenn

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 02:36 PM

i set tabs with microsoft word for my 2 scripts in college.. it did a pretty good job. Some people will say that you need to have script in a precisely formated fashion.. I think that's a bit silly.
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#12 Alex Ellerman

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 03:31 PM

Final Draft is industry standard, but now that it has the save as PDF function, i don't know if it matters that you use final draft, unless you're collaborating with others...

Screenwriter, Sophocles, Movie Magic, and Celtx are also popular... the latter of which is open source.

CELTX
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#13 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 08:02 PM

I use Movie Magic Screen Writer $175. I am very happy with it.


I'll second that. It's the only one I've used.
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#14 Sterling Silva

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 07:53 AM

I use...and don't tell anyone cause this is a trade secret...THE FREAKING TAB KEY!

OMG I cannot understand what's so hard about hitting tab like 4-5 times for a name, 3-4 times for dialogue and 0-1 times for action.

Sooooo hard. Jeez.
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#15 Seung Han

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 10:48 AM

Movie Magic is really good but I switched over to Final Draft when I was collaborating with another screenwriter. Still on Final Draft but I think Movie Magic is more flexible and intuitive. Don't really know why I am still using Final Draft though...
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Posted 12 October 2007 - 07:43 AM

Final Draft is industry standard, but now that it has the save as PDF function, i don't know if it matters that you use final draft, unless you're collaborating with others...

Screenwriter, Sophocles, Movie Magic, and Celtx are also popular... the latter of which is open source.

CELTX

Does CELTX save to PDF?
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#17 Douglas Sunlin

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 11:26 AM

I haven't used Final Draft, but if I understand correctly, it's more than tabs. If you're in Word you should be using Styles instead anyway.
http://www.finaldraf...draft/index.php
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#18 Hal Smith

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Posted 15 October 2007 - 10:26 PM

There's a fully functional FD demo available on their website that will enable you to write a ten page script. Try it.

Disclaimer: I have absolutely no financial or other commercial relationship to FD - I just like what they've done.
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#19 Tristin Deveau

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 11:05 AM

Does CELTX save to PDF?


No it doesn't, but it's easy enough to create a PDF using a third party tool like CutePDF (also open source)

I use Celtx and really like it, I would recommend trying it out before you shell out for a more expensive solution. If it meets your needs, why spend the cash, if it doesn't you haven't lost anything.
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#20 Benjamin Smith

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Posted 24 October 2007 - 02:30 PM

I use Celtx and really like it, I would recommend trying it out before you shell out for a more expensive solution. If it meets your needs, why spend the cash, if it doesn't you haven't lost anything.



I agree I use celtx and i am overly impressed for being opensource.
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