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Tech Tip: Applying a Final Draft Template
Congratulations! You’ve just completed the first draft of your screenplay and you’re ready to go out into the world with hopes of turning it into a visionary cinematic experience. But wait! You just realized the story would work better as a stage pla...
Tech Tip: Deleting a Character from the SmartType Menu
The SmartType feature is a helpful function designed to streamline the screenwriting process by auto-completing certain elements of your script, including Characters, Character Extensions (VO or O.S.), Scene Intros (Int. or Ext.), Times and Transitio...
Tech Tip: Highlight Characters
A handy and lesser-known tool in Final Draft is Highlight Characters. The Highlight Characters tool is used to color-code individual characters and their dialogue, making table reads and scheduling and prepping for performances a breeze.
Tech Tip: Importing from Another Word Processor to Final Draft 11
A question we often get asked is, “how do I import my script from another word processing program?” This is a good question because if done improperly, it can create significant issues within your script.
Tech Tips: Beat Board vs Index Cards
We get this question quite a bit: When should a writer use the Beat Board and when should he or she use the Index Cards?
Tech Tips: Go To
In this crazy, hectic, fast-paced world of ours, shouldn’t we remember to maybe go a little slower sometimes, not get there quite so fast, enjoy the journey a bit more, take the time to stop and smell something or another?
Color My World
If your eyes are starting to bleed because you’ve been staring at a stark white screen covered with little black letters all night, you pretty much have two options. The first, and your mother/spouse/roommate will agree, is go to bed already, for Pet...
Tech Tips: Text to Speech
If you’re not able to organize a table read with a dozen or so of your closest actor friends, Final Draft’s text-to-speech function may be the next best thing.
Tech Tips: Customizing a Print Job in Final Draft
Going to File > Print > Print (Mac) or > OK (Windows) prints the full script with an option to include or exclude the title page. If you need to output a particular subset of the entire document, use the additional commands at the bottom of the Print...
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