Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tip: Remote Screenwriting



Modern technology can sure make life easier. With computers, smartphones and the internet your world is wide open to possibilities. Take screenwriting. In this tip episode, I share an easy way to work on your script whether you are at home, on the road, or even at work. And while you may need specialized software to finish, you only need the simplest kind to get started.

Celtx screenwriting software
http://celtx.com/index.html

Fade In screenwriting software
http://www.fadeinpro.com/

Dropbox online storage
https://www.dropbox.com/

Prolost: Screenplay Markdown Lives!
http://prolost.com/spmdlives

DV Rebel's Guide
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0321413644/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=t...

Screenplain
http://screenplain.appspot.com/

Test Script:

INT. SMALLISH APARTMENT - DAY

A tall and lanky SCOTT EGGLESTON (40s), sits at a cluttered countertop feverishly pecking away at his laptop. A small cell phone with a cracked screen sits next to the computer.

The phone vibrates and begins a slow creep toward the edge of the countertop. It falls and is caught in mid-air by a bony hand.

SCOTT
(into phone)
Yello! No, I'm not here. Call me back and leave a voicemail, k? I'm right in the middle of something.

The phone hits the counter with a crack. The typing resumes.

3 comments:

tin2tin said...

Do you know about, which will format a text file into screenplay format too(and free):
http://www.trelby.org/

DIYFilmSchool.net said...

I've never heard of Fade In before and I'm not going to pay $50 to do what Celtx can do, nor a few buckd for their app.

What I want to look for is a voice transcription app for Android that I can plug in to something like Trelby (mentioned in the comment before mine) to covert. Or, some kind of voice-recognition scriptwriting app. But that's just me.

And I don't want anyone to think this is disparaging the work you've done to bring people these tools in your video.

Anonymous said...

With some more "developed" text editors (rather a 'source code editors' like Notepad+, Eclipse or PSPad) you can 'Select All' (Ctrl+A) and un-indent all lines beginning with Tab (Shift+Tab).