In case you’ve stumbled onto this blog because you’re also starting out in screenwriting, I thought I’d share some useful links and helpful tools that I’ve found over the past few months.
DOWNLOADS AND WEBSITES
CeltX Screenwriting software https://www.celtx.com/index.html
I’m not sure why but when I first started it didn’t even occur to me that something like Celtx might exist, even though I’d used similar software for novel writing. For some reason I thought that you just had to learn the conventions of layout all on your little own. This is does it all for you, is easy to get your head round without instructions, and, best of all, the basic version is completely FREE. I’d read that the industry standard was Final Draft (over 200€) but I’ve since been told by several people (including Erin Cramer, script writer and tutor at the Met Film School) that they actually prefer CeltX. Whichever one you choose, the satisfaction and motivation of seeing your words laid out in proper script form is immeasurable.
Drews Script-O-Rama http://www.script-o-rama.com/table.shtml
I don’t know how he does it, but this is the best online resource for scripts for film and TV series. It’s sometimes hard to navigate and looks a bit retro (he claims to have had the site up since 1995 ‘when Val Kilmer was Batman’) but there’s barely a script you won’t find on there and they’re all free. The link above should take you straight to the film data base.
As I mentioned, I’m working through his Teach Yourself book but he also has a blog of the same name with lots of useful links and resources.
Recommended by Erin Cramer for all things industry related.
Syd Field http://sydfield.com/
Teach Yourself Complete Screenwriting Course by Charles Harris
Story by Robert McKee
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field