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    Default Script-writing and pre-production layout tools/programs?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm only 16 years old. I know I have a lot to go, but I really, really think that I have a big future in the directing business due to my plans, goals, visions and dreams. I know that there are many people out there trying their best as well but I was wondering if someone here could give me a little help.

    • I'm looking for something to help me write out my script so it looks professional. I'd be happy if someone could give me a good layout plan or even a program that does this for you.
    • Also, I'm looking for some kind of story-board planner. Again, it could be something physical like a notebook or a whiteboard, but if there's a program, that would be awesome.

    Thanks for listening to my shpeel about 'directing'. I just want to get off on a good start. Thanks in advance!

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    Sites like SimplyScripts - Free Movie Scripts, Screenplays and Transcripts have professional scripts available to download. Have a look at one or two to see how they're constructed

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    There's a free demo here from the industry standard Final Draft Final Draft Demo

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiner View Post
    There's a free demo here from the industry standard Final Draft Final Draft Demo
    Thank you so much, I bought the program and it's wonderful.

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    Join a filmmaking club - there is a shortage of scriptwriters who will turn-up scripts on time.

    It's a very competitive industry and relies a lot on who you know (at least until you Gross $1m). This is because "reliabilty" is the most important quality - when the cost of each hour is serious money.

    Whilst having your script "professionally laid out" ( Since it's easier to read), also, there is an old saying "Content is King" - that a good story will beat everything else, so you might think of writing short-stories and have them published in a local magazine/paper.

    Good luck.

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    I've used the free Celtx for a couple of years (actually I no pay a monthly subscription as I find it useful for collaboration but for standalne it's free, and well respected)

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    For those still interessted in using Final Draft, you might want to start learning here (link).

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    Also as an aspiring Director, it's important that you understand scene blocking with cameras in mind. Have a look at this app that's designed to help you block scenes: Hollywood Camera Work - Shot Designer - Shot Designer

    Last edited by slinkyproductions; 05-19-2014 at 04:34 PM.

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