Making A Movie
August 12, 2010
As I mentioned before in the Writing A Movie Script link, I write in Word using the movie script template and then transfer it to screenwriting software. By the way, even if you have already finished your draft project, you should decide what software you will use.
Of course, this isn’t all for commercial purposes, but for advice which may help you navigate yourself through the vast array of software on the internet.
I've spent a lot of money and time looking for the answer to the question: "Who is the best?" I searched in forums, and sniffed around in side sites. But, you know, it gets clear when you try them out yourself.
I hope this information helps you reduce the amount of time you have to spend on this decision.
Through experience I have figured out the best one. It's better to start with Final Draft.
Final Draft 8 (FD8)
Final Draft is the so called standard as it provides very impressive tools for a screenwriter.
I'll not describe the options, you can find them on their official site. I’ll just list a few pros and cons of this software.
It can transfer DOC, RTF, and TXT documents without any distortion or errors. You must check the text borders and correct some fields. Fortunately, this does not take much time.
It automatically creates all margins and rules precisely with little deviance in fields.
It has a good spell checker.
It transports your document to PDF directly and correctly.
Sometimes it is sluggish, even on fast machines.
The hot keys are not as suitable as in MMS6.
It has no automatic "scheduling" function.
Magic Movie Screenwriter 6 (MMS6)
Extended amount of supported files (more than in FD8).
Direct transferring in PDF (faster than in FD8).
Improved voice reading.
Has an automatic "scheduling" function!
Generally works faster than FD8.
Sometimes it transfers the text from RTF, TXT, and DOC files with some errors (like a zero, "0", instead of "O", and other scrawls), which is very disconcerting because it takes too much time to check them all.
- It saves in RTF with the same scrawl problem. And it can be fatal.
This one I recommend only if you don’t have enough money for FD8 or MMS6.
It works pretty well, but still has some weird moments and leaves you pondering questions like, "Why can't I see the page borders on the screen?", or, "Why does it transfer the TXT documents with even more mistakes than MMS6?"
Actually, it's a good alternative that does the job.
Good luck with your choice!
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