Join Roger S.H. Schulman for an in-depth discussion in this video Two ways to write, part of Screenwriting with Final Draft.
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- Some screenwriters like to do extensive outlining…before they use Final Draft.…Others prefer jumping right into the digital sand box…and doing all their work in one place.…Final Draft nine has gone further…than any previous iteration to allow…writers of either stripe be productive.…I'm a front-loader.…Way before I write the words fade in…and craft my first words of action,…I develop a detailed outline of the screenplay,…from character profiles to act structure…to individual story beats.…
Certainly, I'm ready to depart from this meticulous plan…should I be inspired while I'm drafting,…but if there's no plan, there's nothing to depart from.…This is the way I write,…and frankly it's the way I endorse…to my students and colleagues.…If you do have an elaborate outline,…Final Draft doesn't really offer a perfect place to put it.…You could import it from Word or…whatever program you prefer as a plain text file,…but , really, what's the point?…You'll lose any special formatting you have in your outline…and not get much in return for your efforts.…
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