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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

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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/writersroom/scriptsmart/

 

 

For a full script program:

http://www.writersstore.com/product.php?products_id=2220

http://www.finaldraft.com/

http://www.amazon.com/Final-Draft-Professi...n/dp/B0001XNGZ2

http://www.thescreenwritersstore.net/index.php

http://www.screenstyle.com/screenwriting1.html

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Guest Ian Marks

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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Guest Ian Marks

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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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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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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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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Guest Ian Marks
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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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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Guest Nathan Donnelly

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

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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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Just an update on this subject. I bought Fade In to replace my old Final Draft 7, all the old scripts open on it and use the later Final Draft file extension when saved, so it's worth checking out. Apparently some writers use it for the actual writing and then only move over to the Final Draft when they need to deal with TV production departments and their systems.

 

https://www.fadeinpro.com/

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I've been using Scrivener for the last few projects. Affordable, flexible on the layout formats and allows you to create scene cards - move them around and just write one scene at a time.

 

I like the way you only see the scene your working on at a time. Back when I had the whole document in a scroll, the temptation is to re-read the previous days work and then you start editing it and you never move forward, but keep messing with the first few scenes. Scrivener mitigates against that.

 

I'm a fan.

 

 

 

Nice thing about scrivener is it has a 30 day free trial that only applies on the days you write. So your free trial may last several months if you only write a couple of days a week.

 

Or just use Fountain - then you can use any text editor

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