Script Formatting Software and Preproduction Planning

As filmmaking professionals know, you can buy computer software for writing a screenplay in standard script format. Most of these programs use an underlying document template, plus keyboard shortcuts and point-and-click controls for applying appropriate styles for character names, dialogue, and so on. As you type, the best programs anticipate what comes next, automatically starting a new scene with a slug line or starting a dialogue paragraph after a character name, for example.

SLUG: Slang for scene heading in a motion-picture script.

One of the most popular of these programs is Final Draft, which is available for both Macs and PCs (www.finaldraft.com). In addition to the features just described ...

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