An article from The Script Lab –
One stumbling block for beginning writers is formatting. Yes, you can write in Word, Google Docs, even a yellow legal pad, but if you want it to LOOK like a screenplay, you’ll need some software to help with that.
While many professionals use Final Draft (the most expensive), the popularity of that program has been waning. There are many cheaper alternatives that make PDF files just as well.
If you’re on Windows, I recommend the free app TRELBY. For Mac users, there are many low cost programs such as HIGHLAND, SLUGLINE, and CELTX. Web apps can be appealing, but paying their subscription rates probably isn’t worth it if you’re not a professional writer.
See our page of software links on the RWW website at:
Writer/Director Greta Gerwig is best known for her Oscar nominated film Lady Bird. This year, her adaptation of Little Women comes to theaters. She approached this adaptation differently than film versions have done in the past, however. Instead of telling the story chronologically, she focuses on the adult characters and has occasional flashbacks to them as girls.
Hear more about her approach in this episode of KCRW’s The Business.
If you’ve ever seen The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses, or Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, you know the work of Aline Brosh McKenna. Take a listen to this Gimlet interview with the writer, who shares her ups and downs trying to write scripts that break away from Hollywood tropes.
|Writer/Director Christopher McQuarrie (Mission Impossible: Fallout, The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) took to Twitter recently and posted some tough love about making it as a filmmaker. Here’s how it begins…|
|McQuarrie’s advice is about making your own movies. By doing so, you will attract people who want to be in business with you. This is contrary to the goal of “breaking in,” which is basically asking for acceptance. See the whole thread posted at |
A link to a good article on this subject.
From the Bluecat blog: writing notecards and outlines comes from ” a different part of your heart and mind” than writing scenes. So, perhaps there’s something to be said for writing without a plan? Certainly it makes the rewrite more important — that’s where you shape your ideas into a cohesive whole.
The topic also came up on the Write Along podcast. C. Robert Cargill refers to the non-planners as pantsers (as in writing by the seat of their pants). Ultimately, he says, both kinds of writers spend the same amount of time on the work. Without outlining, the burden on pantsers is they must exert more effort to fix what they write.
Meanwhile, over on the Scriptnotes podcast, last week’s episode touched on this, too. Craig and John have a different sense of when to stop planning and when to jump in. Craig plans it all out, John leaves more space for improvisation.
Listen here: https://johnaugust.com/2019/ready-to-write
Indie Film Hustle takes a look at how Stranger Things handles characters, emotions, and pacing. All things that first get laid out in the screenplay!
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Screenwriter John August made a short video to explain when and how to use elipses, dashes, and parentheticals for interrupting characters’ speech. If you’ve ever been confused, check this out!