Any screenwriters?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by JesseJames, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. JesseJames macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    How'd I get here? How can I leave?
    I was wondering what is the format of a screenplay?
    How would one go about banging one out? Does it kind of follow a Shakespearean format of characters and events and actions descripted in brackets?
  2. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Check out Final Draft. It's a glorified word processor that formats your screenplay into film industry standard format. I've never used it myself, but I hear it's pretty good.
  3. 2jaded2care macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2003
    Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter ( ) are the "Coke" and "Pepsi" of screenwriting software packages. My impression is that Final Draft probably is somewhat more popular with most writers, whereas I think Screenwriter at least used to be found more in studios because they also had Movie Magic's production scheduling and budgeting software.

    You'll find plenty of endorsements for both apps. I don't think you can really go wrong with either one.

    The "bible" of format is Cole and Haag's "Complete Guide to Standard Script Formats, Part 1: The Screenplay".

    You can find plenty of examples of format on the Web, too, if you look. It definitely isn't the same as theatrical plays.

    Also a good idea to get your hands on some real scripts; the book versions of movie scripts you find in bookstores are not usually formatted the same as real scripts.

    Good luck!
  4. thespiderprince macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2006
    Celtx, Textmate & Links

    I found this to be helpful as I am switching to OS X and haven't yet purchased the memory to run Parallels with Win XP

    Celtx and Textmate are both decent programs. Celtx looks like it could become the industry standard. Final Draft is too expensive (proprietary ********) and at this time it is difficult to import/export without going throught the script and making corrections.

    The link below was very helpful

    All of these processors format for you
  5. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    I'm a screenwriter and playwright. Final Draft is the way to go.
  6. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

    Thomas Veil

    Feb 14, 2004
    OBJECTIVE reality
    Although I recognize that OnceUGoMac is correct about Final Draft, it is a little expensive.

    I did check out Celtx, and it looks great! Thanks to thespiderprince for suggesting it!

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