This course is a step-by-step, interactive journey that takes the aspiring screenwriter—or the pro who hasn't yet used Final Draft—from zero to sixty. While it doesn't cover every feature of this powerhouse software, it offers an overview of 80% of the tools a writer needs to go from outline to, well, final draft. Highlighted are the latest cutting-edge features in version 10 that enable brainstorming, alternate versions of dialog, and more. Your guide, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Roger S.H. Schulman, also offers insider tips and tricks to save time and improve the quality of scripts, and a bonus chapter on using Final Draft Writer on the iPad or iPhone—to take scripts wherever inspiration strikes.
- The history of screenwriting
- Basic script elements
- Reviewing the Final Draft user interface
- Customizing the Final Draft toolbar
- Using the new Beat Board
- Using index cards
- Creating your own macros
- Working with the Format Assistant
- Using the new Story Map
- Making revisions
- Importing and exporting scripts from Final Draft
- Working with Final Draft Writer for iOS
Skill Level Beginner
- You know, a good artist never blames his tools, that's the bad new about Final Draft, it does such a good job, that if your script turns out poorly, you'll only have yourself to blame. I'm Roger Schulman, and welcome to learning screen writing with Final Draft 10. In this course, I'll take you on a step by step, interactive journey that will teach you everything you need to know to make Final Draft your screen writing your powertool. While we won't go over every feature of this software, I will show you enough to go from outline to, well, final draft.
First, we'll take a look at the strange paper beast that is the movie or television screenplay, and why it looks the way it does. Then I'll show you around your new digital home, the Final Draft interface. Designed to make complex formatting easy and quick. And we'll customize that home by creating a toolbar just for you. Next, you'll learn about using templates to start your new script. And bringing your toolbar as well as keyboard shortcuts to bear. To make progress through your screenplay fast and easy. Then we'll see how Final Draft can do some of the heavy lifting for you with Revision mode, the format assistant and other smart tools.
And final draft's navigator will give you three different ways to organize and navigate your prose, so you can get where you need to go fast. You'll even learn a way to invisibly store alternate versions of dialogue right where you need them in one of Final Draft 10's new features. You'll also be interested in Final Draft 10's other big new features, the story map, and the beat board. The software's most creative tools yet. The beat board is a virtual sandbox that lets you create and play with plot points before you write a single word of dialogue.
You can use the story map to track the structure of your script, keeping an eye on pace and rhythm. And the two tools, work together. Final Draft 10, also sports a new collaboration feature. Useful if you work with a partner or two or three. We'll even take a look at Final Draft writer, the companion app for IOS devices should you want to take your screen writing with you, under your arm, or even in your pocket. Writing for the screen, isn't easy, but the mechanics of it should be. That's Final Draft's job, let's get started.