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Screenplay writing / Story board software?

Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 2:41am

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I am a Mac user. Is there any good software out there for writting screenplays? How about software for creating story boards???

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Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 5:16am

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I use movie magic screenwriter 2000. it's very sweet - it's so fast when you're using it that the flow of the story keeps going so when you're knee deep in dialogue and it's flowing, you can keep up.
Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 5:17am

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http://www.screenstyle.com/ is my favorite, but WAY too expensive.

also check zdnet and search for screenwriting software. there r tons of really cheap alternatives.
Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 5:19am

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i dont' understand how these softwares would work.

what do they do when writing a screenplay?

and im too lazy to find one and check it for myself
Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 5:54am

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There's another one also, called Final Draft. They also have an A/V version, which is designed for commercials, music videops, and stuff like that. It has two columns, one for Audio, and one for Video info, so you can synch them. I think either version will run you a couple hundred dollars, though.

Cypher, mainly what they do is take care of the formatting for you, indenting appropriately, capitalizing or italicizing where necessary, memorize the character names, so you only have to type the first few letters, and it will fill in the rest for you, stuff like that.
Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 12:50pm

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why do u need a damn program to write a script?! do it the classic way, pen and paper!
Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 12:52pm

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Final Draft is probably the most professional one, but it does have some crappy export limitations.

We were thinking of making some storyboard software and some script writing software - what do you think?
Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 12:59pm

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I think you are going to kill yourself with all of the stuff you are trying to do.

I use Final draft. Its pretty cool, I still havent figured out all of the features but from what I have seen and heard it is prettty darn handy!!

AS far as story boarding... Thats something I think that will be too hard to make a program for other than a stick figure theater type of set up.
I am curious to see how you are going to go about this!

THanks
Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 1:39pm

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Cptnchaos wrote:

I think you are going to kill yourself with all of the stuff you are trying to do.
ROFL lol lol lol lol lol lol

Schwar ....... I can't say it better so I'll quote it again

Cptnchaos wrote:

I think you are going to kill yourself with all of the stuff you are trying to do.
lol lol biggrin lol lol biggrin lol
Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 3:31pm

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pauly

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Basing my opinion on the fun, ease of use, and quality of alam, I would love to see you guys make a storyboarding/screenwritting program. Go for it!

Paul tard
Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 3:37pm

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Don't get me wrong. I think if Schwar wrote it it would be kicking but I also know that these guys have so many rods in the fire. In my humble opinion they should bask in the glow of Alamdv for a while.

And if you think this board is busy now.... wait till that CD gets out!
Posted: Tue, 21st May 2002, 6:01pm

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Final Draft 5.0. The only way to go. lol

If you're just starting out, www.dvcreators.net have some good sample templates in .pdf that you can DL and play around with.

-Neo
Posted: Thu, 30th May 2002, 5:42pm

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A very good program is "sophocles". Search it on www.download.com to get a trial. It costs like $125 or something i think.
Anyway as for Andrea's "old school method", I say it's good for an early draft of a movie yes. but you know you might want to send it to sombody to read, or somebody ti edit. Even you might want to edit it. It's so much easyer on a computer. It's like the difference of using pen and paper or using a word processing program like "Word". Also as others mentioned it takes care of the format.

[Edited by Malone]
Posted: Thu, 30th May 2002, 8:49pm

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I wouldn't bother with the scriptwriter program as there are a number of these knocking about at bargain prices already. But a story board program would be very good.

Actually scrub what I said above, you should make an all in one package where you write your script, create your storyboard which is linked directly to the portions of script relating to it and also add in a shoot planner functions with actor lists prop lists, locations and equipment etc, so by clicking on a scene in the storyboard you can pull up a list of required materials to shoot that scene. Then from there you can create a shoot schedule which is most efficient....

I think you could knock that lot up pretty quick... lol lol lol
Posted: Thu, 30th May 2002, 9:19pm

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Personally, i don't see why you need a screenwriting program - - a normal text editor will do! And as for story boarding, drawing it in a note book is a lot easier than trying to draw on a computer!!! That's what i think. wink
Posted: Fri, 31st May 2002, 3:22am

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Have you ever used Final Draft Mecha? It does all of that stuff you just mentioned for you, including a Project Manager and Shot List. Very convenient.

-Neo
Posted: Fri, 31st May 2002, 6:05am

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I use Macwrite Pro... If I press a button on my keyboard, the matching letter appears in a textdocument... that's just perfect for writing... Very good invention. :)
Posted: Fri, 31st May 2002, 6:19am

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lol lol
I just downloaded movie magic scriptwriter or something, what it does is as I can see, is to make keyboard shortcuts for character names and stuff like that. ANd it costs 250$!!!!! I hava a really easy beginning programming in java book, the first thing it teaches me is how to make a program like that lol. lol
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jun 2002, 12:09am

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Sounds like Final Draft. It's got the same shortucuts. There is lots of good stuff out there, it's just a matter of finding what you like.

-Neo
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jun 2002, 7:46am

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I didn't know you couldn't print in the free trial version of Sophocles and I typed up about 1 fourth of a script in it. I tried to cut and paste but when I did, all it pasted was "free trial version". I don't have a lot of money to spend so I can't buy the full version so I was wondering...

If I finish writing the script, can I save it and send it to someone who has the full version and they can copy it to a notepad or somethin and send it back to me?

It would be a HUGE favor if someone could.
Posted: Sun, 2nd Jun 2002, 3:29pm

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http://www.limewire.com

lol wink

-Neo
Posted: Sat, 8th Jun 2002, 3:32pm

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Ok, just started working on the screenwrite of my horror movie. I'm using Final Draft, and it writing a screenplay goes VERY quickly with it. It is a must have!

Anyways, how long should a screenwrite be? What is usually the minimum for a full-length film?
Posted: Sun, 9th Jun 2002, 2:59pm

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If you have a palm pilot, there is an app called Ginger, which is very usefull for storyboards. And Armadillo for building your credits list.
Posted: Sun, 9th Jun 2002, 3:03pm

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I wrote a "play" (granted its much different than a film) that was 38 pages exactly on Final Draft 5.0. It lasted just under 45 minutes. I'd say about 100 pages or so would be a good guess. Hard to say.

-Neo
Posted: Fri, 14th Jun 2002, 3:13am

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BrickMovies4U

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is there any CHEAP software for writing scripts.
Posted: Fri, 14th Jun 2002, 3:21am

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There's a plug-in for MS Word called Styler 97. I downloaded it free from www.adfilmworks.com

It's pretty simple and handy, though personally I went back to formatting myself. I do a great deal of my re-writing just going over the script to get the formatting right.