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    Hey guys i was wondering if you could recommend a good starter program for script writing. Right now i use open office with a script template witch works fine but i wanted to see if there was something better. Also because i'm so new to writing at this point i'm not to interested in buying programs. Though i do appreciate knowing what programs i should move to when i do get better.

    P.S I'm on a PC and not a mac.

    Thanks for the help.

    Update:
    Thanks everyone for all the help i'm going to give Celtx a shot. Glad to know that i was not the only one who did not like programs like Microsoft word. I think if i get good enough at script writing i will later switch from celtx to final draft.

    Once again thanks for all the help!
    Last edited by Troy; 02-21-2013, 02:14 PM.
    The newbie.

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    https://www.celtx.com/index.html

    Best free software I know of. Its what I use.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnlyHavey

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    • #3
      Agreed. Celtx. The others such as Final Draft just have too many unnecessary add-ons. I don't need a ton of pages for bios of characters and storyboards and what not. I've got journals for that. But a lot of people do like to fill out every page and bit. So it's based on how you write. For me, its a few notebooks, then into Celtx, then a whole lot more Celtx revisions, then the printer.

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      • #4
        I used Final Draft for writing my films. I've heard of celtx many times but have never used it. Im sure there is some free software out there you can use.
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        • #5
          I'm checking out celtx now. I'm going to need to spend some time with it to fully understand it but one quick question i have is can you download your scripts you have written on it? Or even work on scripts if your not connected to the internet?
          The newbie.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nick Soares View Post
            I used Final Draft for writing my films. I've heard of celtx many times but have never used it. Im sure there is some free software out there you can use.
            I think final draft would be a good program to move up to later on when i become better at writing scripts. At this point I'm really only looking at free software. (Adding to original post)
            The newbie.

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            • #7


              I say go with celtex then yea?
              Distribber - Keep 100% of your film's revenue

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              • #8
                You can work on scripts if you aren't connected to the internet.
                http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnlyHavey

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                • #9
                  Celtx is good. Final Draft is good too. Hell if you really wanted to, you can use Microsoft word but doing all that formatting can be tedious. Celtx and Final Draft does it for you :)
                  http://leealexander.weebly.com/

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                  • #10
                    Eh, just because Celtx is free and an actual screen writing program I would go with it at first. I tried doing screenplays when I first started with Word and it was sooooooo hard lol.
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                    • #11
                      I really dont know if I could write a script without Final Draft honestly, I wouldn't know how to format it and That WOULD BE SO frustrating!
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                      • #12
                        That's what i have been doing with open office all this time. Glad to know there are better ways.
                        The newbie.

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                        • #13
                          I was using Celtx for awhile and then my buddy introduced me to Final Draft. Haven't gone back since.
                          http://leealexander.weebly.com/

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                          • #14
                            We use Celtx in the online degree program I am in. I do want to move to Final Draft in the future but it is behind buying new lens and a color grading setup.

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                            • #15
                              Just a note for folks who might be reading this, and confused... Celtx is both an ONLINE scriptwriter, and a free program. Their the same company, but one you downolad onto your PC and use while the other is basically a "Cloud", webpage based thing. I have been playing with both, and find the program a lot more flexible. They also have a premium version (Or however they phrase it) for a small cost (Around 20.00 if memory serves) but I haven't played with it to know if it's worthwhile. I rather like the free program, but then I haven't used anything else so I wouldn't know any better.
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