How To Write A Screenplay, Square One

From: J**** B** (*********@*******.***)
To: Gerald (neuroticnomad@gmail.com)
Date: May 13, 2010 1:40:27 PM PDT
Subject: Screenwriting

The last time I wanted to write a screenplay was with you way back when. Thought about trying another one here and there, but never really had a story idea….until now. So, I have the fevah again…but no knowledge from a technical point of view in how to write it…like “set your margins here, double space it, this is italics, this is not” kind of thing. Do you have/know where to find something like that that doesn’t cost anything? Remember way back when we pioneered the internet…remember when you could find anything for free? Lol… Well, you probably still know where it all is, but I don’t.


From: Gerald (neuroticnomad@gmail.com)
To: J**** B** (*********@*******.***)
Date: May 13, 2010 5:06:33 PM PDT
Subject: Re: Screenwriting

If you have money falling out of your butthole, buy Final Draft http://finaldraft.com/products/final-draft/

If your butthole is cash-free, download Celtx. It’s free, open source, and cross platform. Best of all, it automatically formats to industry standard everything, and saves to PDFs. It’s actually pre-production software. I use it to do the script breakdown and make the budget and schedule – but the word processor in it is Final Draft-compatible and it’s free… so I stopped using FD in 2006. Pick it up here: http://celtx.com/download.html

Real-Wold Advice: Unless you plan on selling it, the margins on your script doesn’t matter. Write it like a stage play if you want. Use WordPad (or whatever it’s called now). If you ARE planning on selling it, this is required reading: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1580650155

Also recommended:
http://www.amazon.com/Screenplay-Foundations-Screenwriting-Syd-Field/dp/0385339038
http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Fire-Gods-Dynamic-Filmmakers/dp/0941188655

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