Join Roger S.H. Schulman for an in-depth discussion in this video Making formatting a tool, not an obstacle, part of Screenwriting with Final Draft.
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- With all of its weird margins,…punctuation, and capitalization,…it's easy to think of screenplay formatting…as an obstacle to your writing.…But you can actually use this complicated formatting…as a tool that may make help your screenwriting better.…With all of its weird margins,…capital lettrs, and punctuation,…it's easy to think of screenplay formatting…as an obstacle to your writing.…But you can actually make this complicated structure…a tool that may make your screenwriting better.…Try thinking of the screenplay page not as text,…but as a graphical document.…
Just as a musician can tell a lot about a composition…by glancing at the sheet music,…whether it's complicated, lyrical,…accessible to the casual listener,…screenplay formatting can help clue you in…as to whether your script is readable.…You want your action to be compelling but succinct.…Studio executives often call action the black stuff,…because it creates blocks of ink on the page,…and that's why they don't want to read it.…That means you've got to make your action…
Screenwriting with Final Draft 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, this Final Draft training course offers an overview of 80% of the tools a writer needs to go from outline to, well, final draft. 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
- Customizing the Final Draft toolbar
- Choosing a Final Draft template
- Finding and replacing words
- Creating macros to speed up formatting
- Working with the Format Assistant
- Making revisions
- Comparing two drafts
- Importing and exporting scripts from Final Draft
- Working with Final Draft Writer for iOS