Join Roger S.H. Schulman for an in-depth discussion in this video Say hello to your little friends, part of Screenwriting with Final Draft.
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- Now we get to the meat of the matter.…Actually writing your screenplay without letting…the complex formatting get in the way.…This is Final Draft's superpower.…While your screenpro should always…be delightfully surprising screenplay formatting…is a routine that's to be boring.…Scene heading followed by action…followed by character name followed by dialogue…with very little variation…but that predictability means it can…be largely automated.…Final Draft is aware of this natural formatting cycle…and has built it in to just two keys.…
Tab and Enter.…You merely have to know the magic formula…which I'm about to impart to you.…Let's start a brand new screenplay.…Final Draft puts you at the top of the blank page…and a scene heading element…where most scripts begin.…You could travel down to the pop-up elements menu…and choose a different element…such as action or shot…but let's assume you're setting the scene typically.…I type either I or E and Final Draft knows…I'm picking interior or exterior.…I'm tempted to choose return to choose…
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