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Tech Tip: Non-Speaking Characters
Non-speaking characters: every script has them, and for good reason. A non-speaking character can be an extra, a background character, or even a character that literally doesn’t speak – maybe their sole purpose is to intimidate others like the re-ani...
Tech Tip: Launching the Most Recent Document
You did it. You hit your writing quota for the day. Whether it’s 5, 10 or even 15 pages, you’ve successfully fulfilled your daily creative endeavor and have earned a well-deserved break, so go ahead and close Final Draft. Yes, you read that correctly...
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 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.
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