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Please note: the links to articles, software and screenplay display sites below are offered as information only, gathered together in the one thread for ease of reference. By listing them here I am not endorsing any of the websites or products, which you could find yourself with a simple internet search. Nor are they listed in any particular order of priority or preference. Nor is the list in any way complete, it's just the handful of links and services I've read about. Feel free to recommend any corrections or additions, or to add your own contacts and preferences to this thread.

The quick, hassle-free version:

You don't have screenwriting software? Download and install Trelby or Celtx. (Update: change to the way Celtx works, it's in the cloud, you work online instead of downloading the software. I think.)

You've never read any screenplays before? Stop right there. Go here or here. Read 100 scripts and see how the written words translated into the movies you loved (or hated). Oh, wait, you're special and don't need to read screenplays? Well okay then.

That's it. Go write a great screenplay. You've watched movies all your life, you know how they work, just do what they do.

The longer version:

This message started off small, with just a couple of helpful links, and kinda grew with subsequent edits. If I could figure a way to index various sections so you could click on links and go there, like a web page, I would. Alas you just have to scroll down manually to find the following:

  • Absolute Write's screenwriting articles & tips
  • Our Screenwriting critique forum - upload loglines & script pages for feedback
  • Advice & Tips From Pro Screenwriters & Industry Insiders
  • Screenplays & Transcripts (to read and download)
  • Screenplay format guides
  • Screenwriting software (including free software, downloadable demos, MS Word templates)
  • Saving your screenplay to plain text format, suitable for copy/pasting into forum messages
  • How-to books recommended by members
  • Outlines, Beat Sheets, Treatments & Query Letters
  • How long should my screenplay be?
  • Courier Font
  • Telephone conversations (a Frequently Asked Question)
  • Two Brads or Three? (a question that also gets asked a lot - really!)
  • Links to various how-to articles, these are available all over the 'net
  • "Hero's Journey" templates
See also:
  • Msg #2 in this thread - more helpful links
  • Msg #3 in this thread - prodcos, agents, managers -- how/where to submit queries
    plus screenwriting contests - a great way to get into the industry

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[SIZE=+2]a.[/SIZE] Absolute Write's own screenwriting articles & tips page, which features:
  • Links to spec screenwriters' websites, places to submit screenplays, general screenwriting links, directories, services for screenwriters.
  • Articles related to the business and craft of screenwriting.
  • Interviews with screenwriters, playwrights, producers, and agents.
  • Columns and editorials related to screenwriting and playwriting.
  • Film and Video Reviews
  • Bewares: Post or read warnings
  • Sample screenwriting contracts (option, life rights, release form)
  • The WGA signatory literary agents list
  • Screenwriting terms you should know

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[SIZE=+2]b.[/SIZE] You can post loglines and script pages in our Screenwriting critique forum for feedback. The Share Your Work area is password-protected to stop webcrawlers and bots seeing your material. The password is: vista (Note that there's a minimum post rule before you can post something in SYW for critique, see here.)

Read the sticky threads in SYW Screenwriting before you post for the first time! They could save you a lot of time and hassle:
· What makes a great logline?
· If you're posting a logline, READ THIS!
· How to save your screenplay to plain text suitable for copy/pasting into forum msgs
· DON'T POST MORE THAN 10 PAGES PLEASE!

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[SIZE=+2]c.[/SIZE] Advice & Tips From Pro Screenwriters & Industry Insiders

Author and screenwriter Alex Epstein's Crafty Screenwriting site has interesting info and FAQs. Also see this FAQ on another site, well worth a read if you're just starting out.

Mr. JayVee's (Jim Vines) The Working Screenwriter blog is well worth a look, go take a peek at the Q&A article and FATAL FLAWS.
May 09 update: take a peek at this thread which is full of links to articles of interest:
Here's a "best of" my screenwriting blog...
https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=142986
(Sept 09 update, website changed to blog, new layout, same useful info)

Visit screenwriter Bill Martell's Script Secrets site every day to soak up Bill's screenwriting tips. Take a look at the various links to his classes, seminars, CDs, blue books, etc. Bill has also made many of his produced scripts available for educational purposes.

Another site that comes highly recommended by users is Chris Lockhart's TwoAdverbs which offers industry insider information and much more. Y'all might find Chris's The Construction of a Logline article especially interesting.

Screenwriter John August has a ton of useful information about screenwriting on his site including scripts, outlines and beat sheets:
http://johnaugust.com/downloads
"The best way to learn screenwriting is read a bunch of scripts"
How to write a scene: http://johnaugust.com/archives/2007/write-scene
How to introduce a character: http://johnaugust.com/archives/2007/how-to-introduce-character
How to write dialogue: http://johnaugust.com/archives/2007/how-to-write-dialogue
...and many more excellent articles.

Lorelei Armstrong
has a whole bunch of helpful articles at http://www.kullervo.com including The Twelve Steps.

Phil Gladwin, London updated: 1 Nov 2007
"I'm a pro screenwriter and editor, been in the industry 12 years now, and I've got a blog going on. The most recent articles are a Final Draft giveaway to the most prolific commenter over the next month, reviews of Control and The Counterfeiters, and an account of where I got the initial ideas for the episodes of the Sarah Jane Adventures, a Doctor Who spinoff show that is going out this next Monday on BBC1."
http://www.screenwritinggoldmine.com/blog

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[SIZE=+2]d.[/SIZE] Screenplays & Transcripts

Go to the following sites to download free-for-educational-purposes screenplays. Pick your top 20 favorite movies, read the scripts and discover how the words translated to the images and dialogue you loved! The answers to many basic "how do I...?" questions can be found by reading scripts!

http://www.imsdb.com
http://www.script-o-rama.com
http://www.simplyscripts.com movie scripts
http://www.simplyscripts.com TV scripts
http://www.dailyscript.com
http://www.scifiscripts.com/

http://www.twiztv.com/ hosts transcripts from many current and past/cancelled TV shows, if you're wanting to polish up your dialogue. Here are just some sample links:

http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/buffy/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/angel/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/battlestar/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/firefly/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/oc/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/gilmoregirls/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/trucalling/
http://www.twiztv.com/scripts/charmed/

Alas all gone now, pages not found as of March 2013.

http://tvwriting.googlepages.com hosts screenplays for television pilots, episodes and series bibles for popular past and present TV shows.
Ditto, gone, March 2013.

BBC Writersroom script archive:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom
URL updated March 2013, working OK.

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[SIZE=+2]e.[/SIZE] Screenplay format guides

Nicholl Fellowships - Screenwriting Resources page
http://www.oscars.org/awards/nicholl/resources.html
Check out the "screenplay format sample" PDF

From the Writers Resources section on the Script Frenzy challenge website:

"How to Format a Screenplay"
http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/eng/howtoformatascreenplay

"How to Format a TV Script"
http://www.scriptfrenzy.org/node/2000004

Script Frenzy ran until 2012.

Samples from BBC Writersroom:
screenplay.pdf

Page not found, March 2013

A Google search on "screenplay format" will list a whole bunch of other examples. Screenwriting packages pretty much handle formatting for you, check out the Screenwriting software links below.

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[SIZE=+2]f.[/SIZE] Screenwriting software

Please read all of this section, not just the first paragraphs/links!

You can download trial versions for the following two industry standard products, each of which will go some way to teaching you correct format. Also take some time to read their onboard help panels and tutorials. Note that save/export/copy functions may be limited, printed pages may have a TRIAL VERSION watermark, etc. Other than that, they're useable. If you're a student, you could be entitled to discounted software.

Movie Magic 6 (older versions may still be referred to as Movie Magic 2000 or MM2000)
Downloadable demo allows you to work with a script but then locks the script. Copy/paste disabled.

Final Draft
Downloadable demo allows you to edit/save up to 15 pages.

However if you're an aspiring screenwriter learning the craft and don't need the industry standard packages just yet, there are free and/or cheaper alternatives:

Celtx - fully functional screenwriting application, recommended by several members. FREE.

Page2Stage is now free! See post #8 further down this thread.

Trelby - fully functional screenwriting application. FREE.

The Rough Draft word processor has a screenwriting mode that's not bad once you get used to it, but may not be as intuitive as other software written specifically for screenwriters (that's my opinion). Now FREE (formerly donationware).
Update Aug 2008 - new URL, old URL defunct.

There's also
Cinergy Script Editor
from Mindstar Productions. FREE.
(Needs high-speed link to avoid server time-out)

Added Sept 07:
SceneWriterPro <--dead link, March 2015
$19.99 special offer price at time of editing.
Downloadable demo won't save or copy/paste.
Slightly unusual "write one scene at a time" interface takes a moment to get used to. :)
Extensive tutorial.

Added Jan 08:
An alternative MS Word template:
ScreenPro, the 5-Star-Rated Shareware Screenplay Template for Microsoft Word 97/Word 2000/Word 2002/XP/Word 2003 for Windows.
http://www.passarella.com/screenpro/
"The shareware version of ScreenPro is fully functional, but does include reminders asking you to buy the registered version if you appreciate ScreenPro's benefits."

Added May 09:
"Hollywood Screenplay software now seems only available in CD or download versions from writersupercenter.com. The actual Hollywoodscreenplay.com software site seems to have been closed down." (Thanks ATP)

Defunct/no longer available software which you may see referenced elsewhere:

Page no longer found, Dec 2012
If you're a Microsoft Word user, FREE screenwriting templates are available here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scriptsmart/


There's also Movie Magic's cheaper little cousin,
Hollywood Screenwriter

Update May 09: no longer listed/available on the Write Bros. site. (Thanks ATP)

Sophocles - link removed June 2008, support for this excellent package discontinued. (I am not saying there is a beta version floating around on the internet that seems perfectly usable, or that I'm actually still using it.)

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[SIZE=+2]g.[/SIZE] Saving your screenplay to plain text format, suitable for copy/pasting into forum messages

Most applications allow you to save a script or document in HTML format, which can be viewed in any browser, e.g. Firefox or Internet Explorer. If you can do this (check your File / Save As options) it's possibly the easiest way to post your script pages. Save as HTML/web page. Now open the saved html file in your browser. If the pages look OK then copy/paste from your browser into the forum message editor window. Now skip down to the "If you want to preserve script formatting..." instructions below.

Application-specific Save As suggestions follow:

Movie Magic Screenwriter users: select File / Save As / change "Save as type" to "Formatted ASCII"

Final Draft or MS Word users: select File / Save As / change "Save as type" to "Text Only with Layout (*.txt)"

Sophocles users: select the Print/Preview window / Export button / change "Save as type" to "Plain Text (*.txt)"

Celtx users: select File / Export Script / change "Save as type" to "Text Files"
Seems like v1.0 has moved this option, select Script > Export Script > Save as type = "Text Files"

Once you save to a plain text file, edit this using Notepad or similar dumb text editor to check everything's OK, and to remove any unwanted pages. Once you're done, copy/paste what's left into the forum message editor box.

If you want to preserve script formatting you can use CODE tags. These can be added manually (just insert [CODE] just before your script pages, and [/CODE] after your script pages). Or, the smarter way, you can highlight your text in the editor window then select the # button from the icon menu above the editor window (if you hover your mouse arrow over the # button it should say "Wrap [CODE] tags around selected text").

Always select the Preview Post button to check your message will look the way you expect it to before you actually post.

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[SIZE=+2]h.[/SIZE] How-to Books

The following books have been recommended by various board members and will aid you greatly (listed in no particular order of preference):

The Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier
Screenplay by Syd Field
Screenwriting 101 by Lew Hunter
The Writer's Journey by Chris Vogler
Story by Robert McKee

As well as the authors' sites, you might want to search for these books on Amazon or other book sites or stores for price comparison.

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[SIZE=+2]i.[/SIZE] Outlines, Beat Sheets, Treatments & Query Letters

Sept '08 addition: Query letter article kindly posted by Chris Lockhart of TwoAdverbs fame:
https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2763535&postcount=2

Writers Store query letter article listed below with other WS articles, also worth repeating here:
Writing Successful Query Letters by Susan Kouguell
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=976

Query letter tip from screenwriter Bill Martell:
READ MY SCRIPT!
http://www.scriptsecrets.net/tips/tip157.htm
And a related tip, SUBMISSION DEFINITIONS
http://www.scriptsecrets.net/tips/tip112.htm
And the self-explanatory,
HOW TO OUTLINE
http://www.scriptsecrets.net/tips/tip19.htm

Check out Blake Snyder's website, this beat sheet guru and author of the renowned "Save The Cat" book has plenty of info to offer, and has made some beat sheets available on his Tools page:
http://www.blakesnyder.com/tools/

Treatment description plus samples from DMScott (Debé?):
http://www.writingtreatments.com/index.html
http://www.writingtreatments.com/html/body_samples.html

SimplyScripts - Treatments, Step Sheets and Synopsis:
http://www.simplyscripts.com/treatments.html
InkTip's synopsis page:
http://www.inktip.com/tips-synopses.php


Site link removed per request of other site's Webmaster


Site link removed per request of other site's Webmaster

Site link removed per request of other site's Webmaster

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[SIZE=+2]j.[/SIZE] How long should my screenplay be? spec script length

Your screenplay can be anything from 90 pages to 120 pages (these are industry limits that should not be exceeded... don't go less than 90, don't go over 120, not if you're an aspiring screenwriter writing a spec screenplay; pros can do what the heck they want). Think of each page as 1 minute of screen time, so 90 pages is an hour and a half, 120 pages is two hours. Comedies and horror flicks tend to be shorter than character-heavy dramas. Me, I aim for around 110 pages, which I've seen pro screenwriters recommend; if my script turns out to be a few pages shorter or a few pages longer then no worries, I'm still within the industry limits.

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[SIZE=+2]k.[/SIZE] Courier Font

Ever wondered about the font you're using, and whether there's a better one? Check out this thread especially the link to ComicBent's excellent article.

Note that Movie Magic and Final Draft each come with their own default Courier font, which will install on your computer. This makes any debate over which font to use kinda moot. If you don't have these programs then you can download and install the demos and see what all the fuss is about (see f. Screenwriting software section).

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[SIZE=+2]l.[/SIZE] Telephone conversations

This is a frequently asked question so it's probably worth including here until we get a FAQ thread up and running. A quick forum search will list these older threads that may add a nugget of clarity:

phone conversations
phone calls in scripts
Questions re telephone dialogue, montages, naming characters
One more question re: phone conversations
Phone call dialogue

Pretty much all the pro/expert/guru advice I've read suggests the conventions are:

(O.S.) if the speaking actor is physically in the location but Off Screen.

(V.O.) if the actor's voice is dubbed onto the soundtrack, e.g. narrator, phone, radio, TV.

(FILTERED) is a slightly archaic version of (V.O.) which implies electronic distortion.

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[SIZE=+2]m.[/SIZE] Two Brads or Three?

Two. Leave the middle hole empty. Don't ask me why. It's what people say, and people are always right. (Update: apparently it's so script readers can hold the script without getting their fingers cut to shreds! There's a post further down this thread that verifies this.)

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[SIZE=+2]n.[/SIZE] Links to various how-to articles

Thanks to odocoileus for these links:

Alex Epstein's Crafty Screenwriting FAQ:
http://www.craftyscreenwriting.com/FAQ.html

Writers Guild of America, West - "Writing for Episodic TV"
http://www.wga.org/subpage_writersresources.aspx?id=156

Screenwriting.info table of contents:
http://www.screenwriting.info/

*Some interesting articles found at Michael Hauge's Screenplay Mastery site:
(If any of these links don't work, try going to the main site and searching for keywords... unfortunately individual web page names can get changed.)

SCREENPLAY STRUCTURE
The Five Key Turning Points of All Successful Scripts
http://www.screenplaymastery.com/structure.htm

WINNING OPENING SCENES
http://www.screenplaymastery.com/WinningScenes.htm

WRITING ROMANTIC COMEDIES
http://www.screenplaymastery.com/RomanticComedies.htm

SEE YOUR SCRIPT THROUGH THE AGENT'S EYES
http://www.screenplaymastery.com/AgentsEyes.htm

THE FORGOTTEN STEP TO SCREENWRITING SUCCESS
http://www.screenplaymastery.com/ForgottenStep.htm

RULES FOR ADAPTATION
http://www.screenplaymastery.com/Rules.htm
Jan 2015 update:
ADAPTATION: Michael Hauge’s 4 Rules of Adaptation

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Found more interesting articles on the Writers Store website which are worth reading, including:

Writing Successful Query Letters by Susan Kouguell
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=976

The New Spec Style by David Trottier
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=2

Hang Out With Writers To Succeed! by Richard Walter
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=331

Bulletproof your Script against Reader Rejection by Derek Rydall
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=775

Secrets of Blockbuster Movies - Part I by John Truby
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=15
Secrets of Blockbuster Movies - Part II by John Truby
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=14

Conquering The High Concept by James Bonnet
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=9

The Essence of Story by James Bonnet
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=10

Great Characters - Their Best Kept Secret by James Bonnet
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=8

Writing the Blockbuster Love Story by John Truby
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=11

The Thriller by John Truby
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=12

Truby On Structure: Mystic River, Runaway Jury & Intolerable Cruelty by John Truby
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=297

Hero is a Four-Letter Word: Unmasking the Hero by Melanie Ann Phillips
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=199

Hero is a Four-Letter Word: The Villain by Melanie Anne Phillips
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=227

Hero is a Four-Letter Word by Melanie Anne Phillips
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=261

How Old is Too Old to Be a Screenwriter? by D.B. Gilles
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=5

How Do I Critique My Own Work? by Leigh Michaels
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=39

Where Does My Story Fit - TV or Big Screen? by Larry Brody
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=78

Winning Spec Scripts by Richard Walter
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=345

Action vs. Dialogue by Jeffrey Alan Schechter
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=126

How do I Format Simultaneous Dialogue? by David Trottier
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=57

Can I Keep the Rights to my Characters' Images? by Dina Appleton and Daniel Yankelevits
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=75

Five Secrets to Writing Screenplays that Sell by Michael Hauge
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=68

Six Points About Character, Plot, and Dialogue You Wish You'd Have Known Yesterday by Sol Stein
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=27

The Five S's of Screenwriting by Kate Wright
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=439

The Three Cosmic Rules of Writing by Dennis Palumbo
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=35

Plotting Along by Linda Cowgill
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=100

How To Market Your Screenplay by Kathryn Knowlton
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=18

Characterization - The Inner Life by Noah T. Lukeman
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=148

The Power And Importance Of Human Connection To A Great Screenplay by Claudia Johnson
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=293

The Conference Call -- Getting The Most Out Of Your Conference Dollar by Kathie Fong Yoneda
http://www.writersstore.com/article.php?articles_id=74

...and many more, randomly linked at the bottom of each article.
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And even more interesting articles can be found on Script Nurse

Screenwriting Education and Screenwriter Resources

including:
Articles on Screenwriting
which includes stuff from a whole bunch of names including Alex Epstein
and:
Improving Your Script
which has sub-categories:
General Rules
Character Development
Dialogue
Finding Weaknesses
Script Format Rules
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The Script Source.net also has many interesting article links including:
  • Opening Scenes: Force the Reader to Turn the Page - grabbing the reader in the first ten pages (Screentalk)
  • Two Brads or Three? 20 Ways to Better Your Chances of Winning Screenplay Contests (Screentalk)
  • Looking Back and Talking it Over: The Use and Abuse of Flashbacks and Voice-Overs (Screentalk)
  • [Redacted--JDM] Site link removed per request of other site's Webmaster - a good sample for anyone learning how to write a treatment
  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith Treatment by Simon Kinberg (Creative Screenwriting)
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As always, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia has something to say about Screenwriting -- and it's worth reading, many questions are answered and there are many useful links, some of which are duplicated in this thread.

And if you're in the mood for a laugh, you should read this one too (warning, adult content):
http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Screenwriting

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[SIZE=+2]o.[/SIZE] "Hero's Journey" templates

Perhaps this may also be useful, perhaps not -- I've seen a few posts on various forums commenting on the "Hero's Journey" template for storywriting, which makes for interesting reading:

http://www.jitterbug.com/origins/myth.html <--now an ad site for spooky Halloween masks!
http://hubcap.clemson.edu/~sparks/sffilm/mmswtab.html
http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/00800/worksheet.htm

And here are a couple of files I uploaded for my own easy reference:

Hero's Journey
Star Wars Origins

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Bill Martell is definitely a great resource. I use to frequent his message board around 4 years ago when I bought my first screenwriting software.
http://pub18.ezboard.com/bscriptsecrets


Another board I've come across that may have some old threads of some use:
http://wwforums.com/6/ubb.x?a=frm&s=6636029721&f=7766024861

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You may also find some resources here:

http://www.google.com/Top/Arts/Writers_Resources/Screenwriting/
http://dmoz.org/Arts/Movies/Filmmaking/Screenwriting/

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This is a great site to review some Hollywood scripts for free. Click the right and left arrows at the top of the table to navigate. Click on the script title to view it.

http://www.script-o-rama.com/snazzy/table.html
 
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prodcos, agents, managers

The following are intended as potential sources of lists of production companies, agents, and managers -- the people to whom queries should be sent. Some offer free services, most charge for subscriptions. By listing them here I am not endorsing any of these services; you should assess each and make your own decisions. Nor are they listed in any particular order of priority or preference. Nor is the list in any way complete, it's just the handful of services I've read about. Feel free to recommend any corrections or additions, or to add your own contacts and preferences to this thread.

Hollywood Creative Directory offers a 1-week trial for something like $25.00 - site down, search says out of print - may have been superseded by Hollywood Screenwriting Directory.
IMDbPro offers a free 14-day trial, scroll to the bottom of the IMDb front page, select the Free Trial option.
Done Deal offers a list of agents and a fistful of helpful articles, and its paying cousin Done Deal Pro continues to build up a useful current list of agents and prodcos. (Note, changes are scheduled, see the DoneDealPro site for details.)
InkTip.com continues to have success with its members being discovered by producers looking for scripts online, as well as posting your screenplay on their site you can subscribe to the weekly "scripts wanted" preferred newsletter. Visit out Inktip Super Thread for opinions and reviews.
ScriptPIMP offers the option to email prodcos, agents & managers directly after searching for specific criteria on their database.
HollywoodLitSales invites prodcos to place ads on their "Scripts Wanted/Jobs" list. Worth a look now and again just in case you find a match! (Access is free at time of writing.)
MovieBytes.com also invites prodcos to place ads on their "Writers Wanted" list. Also offers a subscription service, "Who's Buying What?" Check out the site for more details.

Note that lists of current and upcoming Screenwriting Contests plus "report cards" from previous contests can also be found on www.moviebytes.com

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scribosphere

New great resource out there is scribosphere.org.

We collect posts from the whole scribosphere (screenwritng blogs) so that it's easier to keep up.

Best of scribosphere in one blog and one rss-feed.
 

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Page 2 Stage screenwriting software

Page 2 Stage is now free!

You need BitTorrent software installed in order to download the Page 2 Stage installer.

Update, Sep 2012: There's now a downloadable zip installation file, so you can ignore the rest of the instructions below! Thanks Doug B for pointing this out.

Some further notes... maybe I should have read the info files on the Page2Stage site more closely, but I tend to fiddle my way through installations rather than do the sensible thing... but don't feel obliged to follow my bad example.
  • The Page2Stage.rar file took about an hour to download at 56k modem speeds (9.4Meg). It appeared on my Windows desktop as an icon, so it was easy to find.
  • I didn't have any software to handle .rar files so I downloaded and installed WinAce from http://www.winace.com (no problems encountered). The menus were in German which added to the fun! (Edit: duh, there's an option to switch to English. Thanks lorcan. :))
  • I opened the Page2Stage.rar file, used Ctrl-A to select all the listed files, then selected the "Entpacken" button, and was prompted to select a subdirectory or create a new one. I manually typed in c:\Program Files\Page2Screen which created this subdirectory. The files in the Page2Stage.rar archive were unpacked to this subdirectory.
  • I closed WinAce and manually navigated to the c:\Program Files\Page2Screen subdirectory. I right-clicked on Page2Stage.exe and dragged this to my desktop, creating a shortcut icon.
  • When I double-clicked on the shortcut icon to run Page2Stage, I was prompted to supply the username and password from the website:
    Username: WindwardReports.com
    Password: XSSZLcYZuWSXRhNXQOM
    ...the message box said the program is a demo which would expire on 01 February 2007 but that's apparently just something that hasn't been updated, the program won't expire.
...And that's it, Page2Screen seems to be running OK... if you use it and would like to share your experiences or problems, feel free to reply to this thread.

-Derek
 
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Derek, thank you so much for this news! I just downloaded the whole thing and had almost no difficulty. Fortunately, I have broadband, so downloading Page 2 Stage took only about five minutes. BitTorrent took about a minute, and WinAce took even less time.

As you said, it's definitely best to download BitTorrent first, then Page 2 Stage, then WinAce. (I did it backwards and had to double back a few times.) Also, when I downloaded WinAce, a pop-up window asked me for a language preference and gave me two, German and English, so I was a little luckier in that I didn't have to remember my measly German.

After that, no problems. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm going to as soon as I finish this post. Thank you so much for your step-by-step instructions. That was super-helpful.

Cheers,
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Sorry, dpat, but the computer illiterate Joe rears his dysfunctional head again.

I had no problems with the bittorrent and the Page 2, but the German Winace stuff was 39 euros. The free version is only good for 30 days.

Also, on the microsoft word template, there was lenghty billing information, but nothing about how much it cost. I'm reluctant to sign a blank check.

Am I missing something here?
 
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Joe, you only have to use Winace once to open the downloaded archive file, Page 2 Screen doesn't need this software to run.

The MS Word templates from BBC Writersroom are free for personal use, I don't know where you're seeing the billing info? If this persists then let me know and I'll just email you the template files.

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Thanks, Derek. That explains it.

My MS word license might be in doubt, I think it was registered with my old job in the town I moved from, possibly not maintained any more. I can try from another computer and email it to myself.

Thanks again.
 

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I've got a few tips over in the Craft section of my site.

http://www.scriptcafe.org

And if you go to "Using Sequences" you'll also find a few interesting templates at the bottom. One's blank, and the others are based on Blake Snyder and Vogler.

Some advice for you dial-up users -- bring a book, you may be there a while.

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Celtx - Great Free Scriptwriting Program

Does anyone else use Celtx for scripting or pre-production work? I just found this software and it's surprisingly awesome. You can upload tons of stuff to a central server -- your script, production schedule, photos, character sketches, whatever. I'm using it in a graphic novel collaboration (so my illustrators can upload images) and it's been invaluable. I'm still working out some kinks in the program. Anyone else use this?

Check it out:

www.celtx.com
 

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I use it as well. Incredibly simple and yet has many uses. I love it. Can't even imagine switching to any other software.
 

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I got onto Celtx a little while back.
It's a great little program.
Whether your writing a script, or dabbling with pre production, it has many
useful tools.
I also have Page2Stage, which I prefer for overall scriptwriting due to the more precise formatting from it's script editor.
Also the numerous reports available, as well as the four optional views.
EG: 1. Standard
2. Page
3. outline
4. Index Card
I find both the above programs very useful indeed.
Add to that their unbeatable price tag.(they're free).
Though, going by the greater consensus from those in the industry,
both these programs, lack the advanced production(and other features) available with the big two Movie Magic Screenwriter, Final Draft, and also Sophocles.

Daniel.
 
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I use Celtx religously anymore. Of course, I don't get all involved with all the script programs out there. In the end the script looks the same on paper no matter what program you used. It's just nice how Celtx organizes everything for you.
 

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So noted. I inserted a "fast food" version at the top of the first post.

-Derek
 

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I once asked a development exec, why "Two brads instead of three". She replied - "I've got my hand on a script all weekend long, the last thing I want is to get cut by that *****ing middle brad..."

Good enough for me.
 

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Just wanted to put in a mention for 'Screenforge' screenwriting software from Apotheosis Productions. It's an add-on for MSWord and it's pretty basic - none of that index card stuff - but I've been using it for years and I love it. It's dead simple to use with lots of useful features, and gives a slightly lower page count than Celtx.
It's FREE to download and $40 to register.
http://www.apotheosispictures.com/
 

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Wow Celtx is pretty impressive! I just downloaded it.

I have a book recommendation. We used this book in my screenwriting class, and it was VERY helpful. I went back to it constantly!
Television and Screen Writing: from concept to contract (4th edition) by Richard A. Blum
ISBN: 0240803973
 

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I just want to tell everyone how much I enjoyed Lorelei's website (http://www.kullervo.com/Screenwriting.html). It's full of practical info, very condensed, and always to the poing. And the most fun is her sarcasm that I just loved. I think, the wannabe writers should read every single word in it in odred to understand the craft, the business, and many aspects of screenwriting. Along with all other sites mentioned before, of course.
 
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