Final Draft Newsletter
Contents of This Issue:
Volume 5, Number 1
January 12, 2005
ROBERT MCKEE'S STORY SEMINAR
Final Draft is in its 5th year of working with Robert McKee.
Together we continue to raise the standard of screenwriting throughout
the world by providing individuals with the premier tools essential for
writing the best screenplay.
Portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film Adaptation, Robert McKee's
Story Seminar has been taken by over 45,000 students worldwide, including
many of today's top screenwriters, TV writers, producers, directors and
novelists such as Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings I, II, III,
King Kong); Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind,
I Robot, The Da Vinci Code);
Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo); Joel Schumacher (The Phantom
of the Opera); Steven Pressfield (Gates of Fire, Last
of the Amazons); Michael Connelly (City of Bones); Drew
Barrymore, Tony Kaye, Marc Klein (Serendipity); Zak Penn (Behind
Enemy Lines, X-Men 2); writers of CSI, Bruce
Almighty, Law & Order, Friends, The Simpsons
and many, many others. McKee's sold-out Story Seminars teach the essential
principles of screenwriting and story design that studios, production
companies and publishers demand from their writers.
Upcoming 2005 Story Seminars:
March 4-6: Los Angeles, CA
March 11-13: New York, NY
May 20-22: London
Robert McKee's Genre Weekend: Thriller, Film Masterpiece &
May 13-15: Las Vegas, NV
(Please Note: This will be the only presentation of Genre Weekend in 2005)
To register or for more information, go to: www.McKeeStory.com
Phone: North America: 1-888-676-2533; Europe: +44 (0)870 080 1833
2. ON THE ROAD,
2005 sends Final Draft on the road to Australia. During this calendar
year, we will be presenting more demos internationally, so be sure to
come by if we are in your neighborhood.
Final Draft representatives will be at the following locations to demonstrate
Final Draft 7 program features and to answer customer questions.
Spec Market: Now Offering a Final Draft 2 for 1 Discount
Profile your project for the largest audience of entertainment
professionals in the world. Baseline StudioSystem's Spec Market posting
directory provides an exciting new arena to list your screenplay, novel
Entertainment professionals can browse, search and locate available content,
giving you the best possible opportunity to get your script in the hands
of the real decision-makers.
To register go to: www.scriptshark.com/specmarket/index.cfm
The #1 Pitch Event
11th Annual FROM CONCEPT TO SALE CONFERENCE & PITCHFEST
February 19 & 20, 2005, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood,
- Class sessions with this year's Oscar-nominated filmmakers as your
- Over 70 A-list companies, studios and agencies to pitch to/meet with
- including HBO, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures and
- Agency submissions (submit the first 30 pages of one script to each
agent and manager, including William Morris, UTA, ICM, Leverage andEndeavor).
Fade In conferences are limited to 175 attendees. Call 800-646-3896 or
go to: www.fadeinonline.com/Contests/concept_to_sale.htm
Writers University: The Right Course
Writers University offers the quickest and most effective way to
success with courses that will get you on the right course, right away.
Writers University courses will interest and excite you as you tap into
the creative minds of professional screenwriters, novelists and journalists,
who are all masters of their craft. Equipped with the tools you need to
be one step ahead of your competition, you will gain the professional
insight needed to understand the business of writing and to build your
confidence as a writer.
Get on the right course for your writing right now. Go to: www.WritersUniversity.com
Retreat with Chris Keane in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Join Chris Keane, Master Screenwriting Teacher, from April 13-23 for a
dynamic 10 days. You'll be part of a small group of dedicated writers
crafting story and character, building structure and creating an expanded
scene breakdown that will make writing your script the easy part. For
more information on Hollywood's Best Kept Secret - The Expanded
Scene Breakdown, go to: www.keanewords.com/workshops.html
Writers Studio at UCLA Extension, February 3-6, 2005
Don't miss out: some workshops are now sold out!
Writers Studio at UCLA Extension features four days of intensive instruction
in screenwriting and creative writing. Participants will work closely
with a professional writer in classes limited to 20 registrants. The 2005
Writers Studio screenwriting workshops include:
- Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot
with Peter Dunne
- Writing the Romantic Comedy with Billy Mernit
- Crafting Your Screenplay: Creating a Blueprint for Your Plot and
Characters with Scott Myers
- Larger than Life: A Character, Dialogue, and Theme Workshop for
Screenwriters with Janna Gelfand
- Writing Powerful Cinematic Scenes with Erica Byrne
The Writers Studio fee is $675 (not including lodging or meals).
For detailed information about the 2005 Writers Studio
at UCLA Extension, including enrollment,
go to: uclaextension.edu/writers.
Phone: 310- 825-9415.
Steve Kaplan's Secrets to Writing a Successful
If you've got a great idea for a great new sitcom, but are not
sure how to get your script into the right hands...
Kaplan's wildly popular 2-day comedy intensive in LA, NY and London is
for screenwriters, TV writers, directors and producers.
For more than 15 years, Steve Kaplan has been Hollywood’s
most sought-after teacher on comedy. In addition to having taught comedy
writing and performing at NYU, Yale, UCLA and other top universities,
he created the HBO Workspace and the HBO New Writers Program. His former
students are the A-list of Hollywood.
Upcoming events include:
Los Angeles: February 5-6, 2005
New York: April 2-3, 2005
London: June 2005
For more information, go to: www.KaplanComedy.com
To read the 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Sitcom Writers, go
4. FINAL DRAFT AND
THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA
Writers Guild Registry accepts more than 45,000 pieces of material each
year and is available to WGAw members and non-members alike. Final Draft
users can register online directly from Final Draft 7 by clicking on File
> Register Script. This will take you directly to our website where
you can connect to the Writer’s Guild of America and register your
script online. Protecting your script is the first step to take
before showing it to studios or agents.
The WGAw Registry has been assisting writers since 1927. For more information
or to register online go to: www.wga.org
5. 33 WAYS TO BREAK
Brought to you by ScriptForSale.com and Final Draft, Inc., 33
Ways to Break Into Hollywood, is a FREE
program that will help you sell your script. 33 Ways
to Break Into Hollywood includes the following how-to
- Get agents and producers to read your material
- Power network
- Get in through back doors
- Take charge of your career promotion
- Build your reputation with producers
- Seize the opportunities that others miss
33 Ways to Break Into Hollywood will boost
your confidence, increase your opportunities, and help you acquire the
staying power necessary to make it in the film business.
Still stuck searching for ways to get your
foot in the door? No need to be stuck any longer, go to:
to receive your FREE program download.
6. CUSTOMER SUPPORT
The current version of Final Draft 7 is 184.108.40.206
The current version of Final Draft AV is 2.0.5
Please log on to this web page for Final Draft 7 current version information:
To determine which version of Final Draft 7 you have, go to Help/Customer
Support. If you do not have the current version you should download and
install the free update. To download the update, go to:
Please note that you must have Final Draft 7 already installed to your
hard drive to install the 220.127.116.11 update. The 18.104.22.168 update will not
update Final Draft 6 or lower.
The current version of Final Draft 6 is 22.214.171.124
To determine which version of Final Draft 6 you have, go to Help/Technical
Support. If you do not have the current version you should download, then
install, the free update. To download the update, go to:
Please note that you must have Final Draft 6 already installed to your
hard drive to install the 126.96.36.199 update. The 188.8.131.52 update will not
update Final Draft 5 or lower.
Need to view two parts of your script at the same time?
Now you can in Final Draft 7!
Use the Panels buttons on your toolbar, or click on View > Split Vertically
to see your single script file in two windows, side-by-side. Now you can
skip down to the start of the third act in one panel while your first
act break stays onscreen in the other.
For more information on Final Draft features, refer to the Final Draft
User Guide PDF document found in the Final Draft folder on your hard drive
or visit our online Knowledge Base. To visit the Knowledge Base,
go to: www.finaldraft.com/support
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