Screenwriters from around the world choose Final Draft® to write the movies that entertain, inspire, and engage us, and here they tell us why.


I’d ... like to acknowledge the debt I owe to the Final Draft software, without which I’d still be using Wite-Out® on the shooting script for A Few Good Men.

Aaron Sorkin - Writer / Producer / Emmy® winner / Academy Award® winner

The Newsroom, Moneyball, The Social Network, Charlie Wilson's War, The West Wing (TV), A Few Good Men

You can’t win a race without a champion car. Final Draft is my Ferrari.

James Cameron - Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner

Avatar, Titanic, T2, Terminator

Thank you Final Draft, you've been with me since page one.

Nia Vardalos - ​Writer / Actor

My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Connie and Carla, I Hate Valentine's Day

Even if you don’t own a computer, I recommend buying Final Draft.

J.J. Abrams - Writer / Director / Producer / Emmy® Award-winner

Star Trek, Super 8, Undercovers (TV), Fringe (TV), Lost (TV)

Final Draft is the only program that works for me. The basic concepts, combined with the relentless improvements and innovations have made me a believer for life. Long live Final Draft.

Lawrence Kasdan - Writer / Director / Producer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Clash of the Titans, Wyatt Earp

Final Draft makes it so much easier - and it’s motivating when what you’re working on looks like a script.

Sofia Coppola - Writer / Director / Producer / Actress / Academy Award® winner

Somewhere, Marie Antoinette, Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides

The intuitive ease of Final Draft allows the writer to focus on what’s truly important - story.

Robert Zemeckis - Writer / Director / Producer/ Academy Award® winner

Flight, Mars Needs Mom, Beowulf, The Polar Express, Forrest Gump, Back to the Future

I've never written a screenplay on anything else but Final Draft. And I never will. Far and away the best instrument for the job and then some.

Akiva Goldsman - ​Producer / Writer / Director

The Dark Tower / The Da Vinci Code / A Beautiful Mind

Final Draft has eclipsed all of its competitors because it is the best. It does everything you could possibly think of and then you can write and not think of it at all.

Matthew Weiner - Writer / Producer / Director / Emmy® winner

Mad Men (TV), The Sopranos (TV), Becker (TV)

For screenwriters, Final draft is the final word.  It’s scary how easy it is to use!!  

Hayes Brothers - Writing Partners

Conjuring / Conjuring 2

Final Draft is terrifically sophisticated and yet simple to use. I’ve never written a screenplay with any other software.

Edward Norton - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

Stone, Leaves of Grass, Pride and Glory, Frida

I think you’ve finally reached the apex with Final Draft.

Oliver Stone - Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner

Savages, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, W, JFK, Scarface, Platoon

The action starts on the page. Choose Final Draft.

John Woo - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

Reign of Assassins, Chi bi (Red Cliff), Stranglehold (VG), Mission: Impossible II, Face/Off

There’s nothing like seeing your words turn into a screenplay before your very eyes. Final Draft takes care of the formatting so that all you have to think about is the story. It has an easy to learn, intuitive interface that serves you from index cards through production revisions. I’ve used it since Swingers.

Jon Favreau - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

The Avengers, Cowboys & Aliens, Iron Man 1 & 2, Elf, Swingers

Final Draft is the only screenwriting software I have ever used, and it is the only one I ever will use. I owe ALL my success to Final Draft. Period. End of story.

Ben Stiller - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor / Emmy® winner

Megamind, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, The Ben Stiller Show (TV)

Final Draft makes it possible to simply imagine the movie in script form.

Tom Hanks - Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner

Forrest Gump, Larry Crowne, Toy Story 3, From the Earth to the Moon (TV), Band of Brothers (TV), That Thing You Do!

The End of the World was written on Final Draft.

Michael Bay - Director / Producer / Actor

Transformers: Dark of the Moon, I Am Number Four, A Nightmare on Elm Street

In the final analysis, Final Draft is the best screenwriting software to come down the pike. Finally.

Wes Craven - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

Scream 4, My Soul to Take, A Nightmare on Elm Street

Final Draft Kicks Ass!

Andy Dick - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

House Arrest With Andy Dick (TV), Blonde Ambition, Danny Roane: First Time Director

Final Draft is the best screenwriting software there is.

David Lynch - Writer / Producer / Director

Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks (TV)

I’ve been with Final Draft since version 1 and I couldn’t imagine a world without it.

Darren Aronofsky - Writer / Director/ Producer / Actor

Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem For a Dream, Pi

With Final Draft, my ideas can be fleshed out with alacrity in a comprehensible package that no other application is capable of providing. When I want the best, easiest method of conveying an idea, I choose Final Draft.

Jeremy Garelick - ​Write / Director / Producer

The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up

If one could marry a program-or even elope with one- I would choose Final Draft. After all it has been a wise, patient and loyal writing partner that has been by my side for almost fifteen years.

Guillermo del Toro - Writer / Director / Producer

Rise of the Guardians, Pacific Rim, Don't be Afraid of the Dark, Hellboy I & II, Pan's Labyrinth, The Hobbit

From conception through production, Final Draft is with me every step of the way.

Byron Balasco - ​​Writer / Director / Producer


I write and rely on Final Draft. It’s either that…or longhand.

John Cusack - Writer / Producer / Actor

War, Inc., High Fidelity, Grosse Point Blank

I’ve produced nearly 250 episodes of GOOD EATS over the past decade and every one of them was scripted with Final Draft. Your software has become such an integral part of my creative process I honestly think I’d give up my favorite chef’s knife before I’d relinquish my Final Draft.

Alton Brown - Writer / Director

Feasting On Asphalt (TV), Good Eats (TV)

Final Draft has been the only script writing program I've used since it first came out.  It's my life-line in the industry and continues to get better and easier to use with every latest update.  I'd be lost without it!.

Thania St. John - Showrunner / Screenwriter​

Chicago Fire, Covert Affairs

I'm really happy to see Final Draft innovating in Final Draft 10. The Story Map™ is great. And yes, I am still wasting a ton of time fiddling with the colors and stuff, but even so, the Story Map manages to be incredibly helpful. 

Andy Bobrow - Producer / Writer / Director​

The Last Man On Earth, Community, Malcolm in the Middle

Without Final Draft I would never have been able to write my film, Zombeavers, which may well be the most important movie you'll ever see about zombie beavers.

Jordan Rubin - Director​


I love Final Draft.  In fact, the only thing I love more than Final Draft is Final Draft 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and any future versions of Final Draft that have yet to be created.  It’s the only program I’ve ever used and it just keeps getting better and better.

Sam Brenner - Writer​

American Dad!

Writing a script prior to Final Draft was like pulling oneself out of quicksand - cut, paste and formatting nightmares. I discovered Final Draft early in the process of writing Carol, and have never used another program since. And never will. 

Phyllis Nagy - ​Writer / Director

Carol, Mrs. Harris

Final Draft is the great translator that allows us all to speak the language of film. 

Jason Hall - ​Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

American Sniper

Final Draft is simply the best screenwriting tool out there, besides the human imagination. And unlike the brain, FD never has bad days. 

Eric Lapidus - ​Writer / Producer

Two and a Half Men

Personally for me every screenplay is harder than the one before. The fear is greater. The stakes higher. Hell...the sense of failure higher. Throughout the process I have one companion: Final Draft. More than a writing package. A partner through the fear. 

Mark Tonderai - ​Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

Harlan Coben's The Five, The House at the End of the Street, Hush

God, Country, Final Draft. And not necessarily in that order.

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson - ​Writers / Producers

The Fighter, The Finest Hours

The Final Draft Reader app is a game changer. Now I can travel with just my iPad.

Greg Coolidge - Writer / Director / Producer

Ride Along, Employee of the Month, The Troop

I'm a computer idiot and a lousy writer's assistant. With Final Draft, even I can look like I know what I'm doing.

Marta Kauffman - ​Creator / Executive producer


Whether writing for feature animation, television or the stage, working with great collaborators has been key to each project.  The other collaborator at our side?   Final Draft.  What a fantastic program.  And when I’m in need of tech support , the Final Draft team is always there.  Thank you, Final Draft.

Irene Mecchi - Writer

The Lion King (stage and film), Brave, Annie (TV)

Everyone's talking about Final Draft. Let me show some love for Final Draft Writer, a miniature miracle that
packs virtually every desktop feature into a pocketable app. Respect!

Roger S. H. Schulman - ​Writer / Director / Producer

Shrek, Balto, Living Single

Final Draft is an essential part of our work at Revolution Films.  The first piece of advice I give people when they say they want to write a script: buy Final Draft.

Joshua Hyams - Producer

The Face of an Angel, Trip to Italy, The Look of Love

Final Draft may not make you a better writer,  but it definitely makes you look like one.

John Francis Daley - Writer / Director / Actor

Horrible Bosses, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Final Draft is the Gold standard of screenwriting software, and its value to the art and craft keeps going up.

Callie Khouri - Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner

Nashville (TV), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Something to Talk About, Thelma & Louise

Final Draft is the longest relationship I have ever had.  I usually see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  Sometimes I dream about it.  Together we have made a lot of children, which I promptly do my best to sell.  Sometimes I get lucky.  Even when I fail, Final Draft is always there, waiting for me.

Brian Duffield - ​Writer / Director

Insurgent, Vivien Hasn’t Been Herself Lately

During preproduction on Ronin, the Unit Production Manager insisted I switch to Final Draft. I made this switch kicking and screaming, only to find that within days of using Final Draft for the first time, I had converted ALL of my old scripts into Final Draft format. I’ve used Final Draft in hotels in Paris, Hong Kong and in my basement office in my house. It’s an invaluable tool for anyone writing screenplays, wherever they are.

J.D. Zeik - Writer

Pistol Whipped, The Touch, Ronin

I’ll tell you what’s an amazing feeling. Being in some far-flung location and seeing a little girl, who speaks a language I don’t understand, wearing a character that leapt from my head on her tee shirt… or on a boy’s back pack. That feeling transcends crass commercialism. That feeling is the reason I write. It’s the whole entire point of it all… to put ideas into the world. Final Draft is my enabler.

Linda Woolverton - Writer

Alice in Wonderland, Arctic Tale, Mulan, The Lion KIng, Beauty and the Beast

Final Draft is God! Excellent software. Love it!

Kevin Williamson - Writer / Director / Producer

The Following (TV), The Vampire Diaries (TV), Cursed, Scream 4, Dawson's Creek (TV), I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream

When I switched to Final Draft I was irritated. Why in the hell hadn’t I listened to my colleagues years ago and saved myself the nightmare of trying to write scripts in Word. Final Draft is the ultimate thought to page experience.

David Williamson - Writer / Director / Producer

Balibo, On the Beach (TV), Gallipoli

I fall into the category of writers who hate writing, but love having written. After all these years, writing is still hard, and the zone of creativity takes patience to access. But when I get there, Final Draft helps me get the job done. It works like I think. I can’t imagine writing without it.

Audrey Wells - Writer / Director / Producer

The Game Plan, Shall We Dance, Under the Tuscan Sun

It’s about the strong, not the glory, and Final Draft is by far the best tool that allows me to write, unfettered, the words that follow ‘once upon a time’...

Herschel Weingrod - Writer / Producer

Space Jam, Kindergarten Cop, Twins, Trading Places, Brewster's Millions

I write all of my scripts by hand on legal pads but my assistant, who types them up, was thrilled that we got Final Draft. After using it for the first time, she raved about how easy it is.

John Waters - Writer / Director

Mangus!, Hairspray, Til Death Do Us Part (TV), Serial Mom

I’ve used Final Draft for years; it’s a great tool. From sketching out the first draft to shifting scenes to analyzing structure to the last polishes, it helps to find clarity and save time.

Randall Wallace - Writer / Director / Producer

We Were Soldiers, Pearl Harbor, Braveheart, The Man in the Iron Mask

Final Draft has become a trusted accomplice with whom I cuddle up late in the evening and conspire. Like a relationship between the best of friends who finish each others’ phrases, Final Draft is always with me word for word. Anticipating and clearing the way from thought to paper.

Gore Verbinski - Writer / Director / Producer

Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Final Draft is my writing partner; no less. The speed at which it allows me to move from idea to page has integrated into an essential component of my process. I know people who bought other scriptwriting software and witnessed their brutal disappointment. The people at Final Draft take suggestions and put many into newer versions. They respect writers. That’s a priceless virtue.

Jim Uhls - Writer / Producer

Jumper, Sweet Talk, Fight Club

Our writing staff has been using Final Draft since the beginning of 3rd Rock From The Sun. It is the only Scriptwriting Software approved by The Big Giant Head.

Bonnie & Terry Turner - Writer(s) / Producer(s) / Emmy® winner(s)

That 70s Show (TV), 3rd Rock From the Sun (TV), Tommy Boy

Anything that makes screenwriting even a little less painful is most welcome. Final Draft is one of those anythings.

Stanley Tucci - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

The Lovely Bones, Saint John of Las Vegas, Julie & Julia, Big Night

The tedium of transferring from script to breakdown sheet is over… I helped design Tagger—a utility that is included in Final Draft 7—and now I can do budgets and schedules faster than ever—and I was pretty fast before.

Jay Tobias - Producer / UPM / AD since 1982

Outlaw, Life Unexpected, The Line, My Own Worst Enemy

Final Draft gave me great ease in adapting the Shakespeare play into my screenplay Titus. I will continue to use this excellent program on my next films.

Julie Taymor - Writer / Director / Producer / Emmy® winner

Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Frida, The Lion King

Final Draft is like a good friend. It’s there for me when I’m lonely or bored, guides me through daunting tasks, and corrects me when I make mistakes. Final Draft has never betrayed me or slept with my boyfriend. Actually, it’s better than a good friend.

Penelope Spheeris - Writer / Director / Producer

Five: Cheyanne (TV), What We Do Is Secret, The Kid & I, We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n Roll, The Little Rascals, Wayne's World

I can’t imagine how I wrote screenplays before Final Draft. It makes formatting incredibly fast and easy so I can devote more time to the actual writing…and more importantly re-writing of my movies.

Charles Shyer - Writer / Director / Producer

Alfie, The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride

I depend on Final Draft to transform my written wreckage into a document which looks astonishingly like a professional screenplay. Even if your script stinks, it’ll look a million bucks. That’s important in

Alan Shapiro - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

Flipper, The Crush, Tiger Town (TV)

I just finished working on a script for Columbia—thanks to Final Draft’s e-mail capabilities, the director was able to read scenes as I wrote them - it’s almost like we were in the same room. Final Draft makes working in Hollywood from Australia possible (just don’t tell anyone I don’t live there).

Jan Sardi - Writer

Mao's Last Dancer, The Notebook, Love's Brother

Final Draft handles script formatting with such ease that it gives me more time to concentrate on the most essential aspects of the screenwriting process: story, character and procrastination.

Mark Romanek - Writer / Director

Never Let Me Go, Bee Season, One Hour Photo

My project was rushed into production once we received our green light, which meant we were still getting studio notes after we began shooting. We ran into a big problem when the file became corrupted, but the Final Draft tech support staff saved the day. In a matter of hours, they delivered a completely rebuilt, healthy file to the set, and we didn’t fall a second behind. It was quite literally the best technical support I’ve ever experienced.

Brad Riddell - Writer

Road Trip: Beer Pong, Slap Shot 3: The Junior League, American Pie Presents Band Camp


To graduate from MS Word to Final Draft, as I did, is rather akin to trading up from a sparsely-furnished shack to Buckingham Palace. I now sleep with the Final Draft CD-Rom disk, just to keep me warm at night. If Final Draft could cook and have sex, I’d never need human contact again.

Ray Richmond - Writer / Producer

E! True Hollywood Story (TV)

Without Final Draft I think I would retire from writing screenplays!

Rex Pickett - Writer / Director / Editor

Vertical (novel), Sideways, From Hollywood to Deadwood, California Without End

Final Draft is my partner in crime…and comedy.

Clyde Phillips - Writer / Producer

Dexter (TV), Suddenly Susan (TV), Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (TV)

I have embraced Final Draft and the riches of the world have been visited upon me. I suggest you do the same. To write a screenplay without Final Draft is like life without love, sunshine or puppies. It is possible, but well nigh unbearable.

Zak Penn - Writer / Director

Alphas (TV), The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Grand

Final Draft is the perfect tool to write with and since my process is a collaborative one, FD is really the only choice for me if I want to be connected with the rest of my industry.

Mark Osborne - Writer / Director

Kung Fu Panda, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Dropping Out, More, Greener

I’ve been using Final Draft since I started writing for a living. It’s smart, efficient, and best of all, intuitive. If you want to guarantee someone will read your (censored) script, use Final Draft.

Josh Olson - Writer / Director / Producer

Batman: Gotham Knight, A History of Violence, Infested, Puppy Love

Final Draft is the best screenwriting program I’ve used. What I like best—I can customize it exactly the way I want it. It was easy to learn—I use it 100%. Congratulations to you guys—one smart program.

Marc Norman - Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner

Shakespeare in Love, Cutthroat Island, The Killer Elite

Final Draft is an amazing piece of software, and the only program around that allows me to instantly get rewrites of a script no matter where I am shooting, from the most remote film location in the Moroccan desert, to the frozen landscape of Montreal’s countryside during one of their harshest winters.

Mace Neufeld - Producer

Invictus, The General's Daughter, The Hunt for Red October

Thanks to Final Draft, the right side and left side of my brain are finally getting along. I’d never use anything else.

Dan Myrick - Writer / Director

The Presence, The Objective, The Blair Witch Project

It’s easy to say Final Draft is the best. That’s a given. But what I appreciate more is the simple fact that they are there—you call for help and they cheerfully walk you through your dilemma. It’s as if they knew they were designing software for artists, not techies. Simple.

Matthew Modine - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

I Think I Thought, The Neighbor, Weeds (TV), Any Given Sunday, Full Metal Jacket, Ecce Pirate

I tried all the others. Something in each of them got in the way of the flow of my writing. Final Draft gets out of my way and lets me write what I think. It’s as simple as that. Given the technical issues being equal between Final Draft and the other programs (which they are, I’ve tried them) this is all that really matters in screenplay writing software.

Frank Military - Writer / Producer

NCIS: Los Angeles (TV), Three Rivers (TV), The Unit (TV)

It’s a clean, effective program that handles complex revisions through multiple drafts - an asset to our production.

David Milch - Writer / Director / Producer / Emmy® winner

John From Cincinnati (TV), Deadwood (TV), NYPD Blue (TV)


Final Draft actually makes getting to the final draft faster, easier and more fun than any other screenwriting program I’ve tried. I love it!

Nancy Meyers - Writer / Director / Producer

It's Complicated, The Holiday, Something's Gotta Give

I can’t believe there was a time I formatted scripts using Word templates. Final Draft is almost like a collaborator, coaxing, prodding, and massaging me into constantly improving what already looks like a finished working script.

Robby Merkin - Composer / Songwriter / Music Director

Sesame Street (TV), The Little Mermaid (TV), Little Shop of Horrors

Fast, fluid, intuitive and always state-of-the-art Final Draft makes me look good and feel old all at the same time.

Christopher McQuarrie - Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner

Jack the Giant Slayer, Jack Reacher, Valkyrie, The Tourist, The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun

To become a professional writer you will need the tools to succeed. Final Draft is the only screenwriting software I recommend to my students.

Robert McKee - Writer / Story Consultant / Educator

Abraham (TV), Without Walls: J'accuse Citizen Kane (TV), Mrs. Columbo (TV)

The greatest thing about Final Draft is that it frees us from the tyranny of the Tab key. It makes the formatting so simple, you can keep your whole mind on the writing instead of the typing.

Douglas McGrath - Writer/ Director

Infamous, Nicholas Nickleby, Emma

Final Draft has changed my life as a writer. It simplifies the work and it actually makes it easier to think! All in all, Final Draft is quite wonderful.

Paul Mazursky - Writer / Director / Producer

Cattle Call, Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV), Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Final Draft is a program made to perform one task with excellence—the writing of a screenplay—by people who support Final Draft users with passion and understanding.

James Mangold - Writer / Director / Producer

Knight and Day, 3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line

Final Draft makes writing so easy, so much fun, I’ve actually begun to write! Final Draft… yeah, that’s the ticket!

Jon Lovitz - Writer / Producer / Actor

I Could Never Be Your Woman, The Benchwarmers, Saturday Night Live (TV)

Final Draft is my central writing tool. Both “Heavy” and “Cop Land” were written from scratch on FD and the next script is already under way. I’ve been using Final Draft since version 1.0. It is a program made to perform one task with excellence- the writing of a screenplay- by people who support FD users with passion and understanding.

Amanda Lasher - Writer / Producer

Gossip Girl (TV), Lipstick Jungle (TV), Army Wives (TV), The Class (TV)

Final Draft is the tool with which I make my living in the movie business. It’s as simple as that.

Steph Lady - Writer / Producer

Frankenstein, Dr. Dolittle

When people ask me what’s my secret to success, I tell them passion, patience, perseverance…and Final Draft.

Tim Kring - Writer / Producer

Touch (TV), Heroes (TV), Crossing Jordan (TV), Providence (TV)

We didn’t sell a thing until we started using Final Draft. ‘Nuff said.

Brian Koppelman - Writer / Director / Producer

The Girlfriend Experience, Solitary Man, Ocean's Thirteen

Final Draft is simply the industry standard. Screenwriting is a tough business and a tougher craft, but Final Draft makes it a whole lot easier to wake up every day to that blank page.

Simon Kinberg - Writer / Producer

Sherlock Holmes, Jumper, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand

As a writer, producer and director, I have used all the screenplay software on the market. For me, Final Draft is vastly superior to anything available. Simply put, Final Draft is the only way to go.

James Keach - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

Waiting for Forever, Blind Dating, Walk the Line, Blind Guy Driving

Working with Final Draft is like working with an old friend. It seems to know what I want to do next and then it makes the doing of it easier. I can’t imagine writing film scripts without Final Draft.

Terry Jones - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

King Guillaume, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Monty Python's Life of Brian

If Final Draft is not the very best professional screenwriting software, then why is every scribe I know using it?

Peter Iliff - Writer / Director / Producer

Rites of Passage, Varsity Blues, Patriot Games, Point Break

Final Draft is the Swiss Army knife of Script Software: the original, bonafide, ask-for-it-by-name, accept-no-substitution solution to the mundane terrors of the blank page.

Todd Holland - Writer / Director / Producer / Emmy® winner

Go On (TV), Shameless (TV), 30 Rock, Wig, Miss Guided, Firehouse Dog

If I could only carry one program on my laptop, it would have to be Final Draft. Final Draft’s incredible suite of tools and features gives me everything I need as a documentary writer/producer.

Barry D. Hill - Writer / Producer

Where Did It Come From? (TV), Modern Marvels: Death Devices (TV)

I was pleasantly introduced to Final Draft in 1992. Ever since, it has been a cheerful, helpful companion in the often tedious, lonely world of screenwriting.

George Hickenlooper - Writer / Director / Producer / Emmy® winner

Factory Girl, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, The Man from Elysian Fields

In screenwriting there are three things that scream “amateur”: putting a brad through the middle hole; endless, unnecessary stage directions; and using anything other than Final Draft. It’s just not done.

Jonathan Goldstein - Writer / Director

Horrible Bosses, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Vacation

There are two ways to make screenwriting really easy- one: use Final Draft or two: steal the finished screenplay from a dead person and put your name on it. I recommend both.

Buck Henry - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor / Emmy® winner

Get Smart, To Die For, The Graduate

Totally painless!

Amy Heckerling - Writer / Director / Producer

Gossip Girl (TV), I Could Never Be Your Woman, Loser, Clueless


Final Draft is an indispensable tool for screenwriters. It has become the industry standard. The controls and features are completely intuitive and very flexible. Formatting, revisions, script reports - all are easily handled. I can’t imagine writing without it.

David Goyer - Writer / Director / Producer

Man of Steel, The Unborn, The Dark Knight

Whenever I have to get down to writing, ANY excuse to procrastinate is a good one. Final Draft is a comforting place for me to start.

Michel Gondry - Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner

The Green Hornet, Tokyo, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep

Final Draft is the final solution for me!

Terry Gilliam - Writer / Director / Producer

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King, Brazil

When I still lived in New York, I asked a working screenwriter what it was like out there in Hollywood. He said, Well, they define the verb ‘to read’ differently than we do. Now I’m working here and I’ll tell you what. We define the verb ‘to write’ differently, too. When we say it, we mean ‘to write on Final Draft.’

Chris Gerolmo - Writer / Director / Producer

Over There (TV), Citizen X, Mississippi Burning, Miles From Home

When people tell me they want to be writers, I always say the same thing:
1) Always work harder than everybody else.
2) If you don’t write compulsively you should probably hang it up right now, and
3) Buy Final Draft. Writing a screenplay without Final Draft is like building a skyscraper with mud.

Robert Ben Garant - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian, Reno 911!, Reno 911!: Miami

Final Draft is the best screenwriting program on the market and I feel confident recommending it to the writers I work with.

Beau Flynn - Producer

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Red Dawn, What's Your Number?, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Guardian, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Requiem for a Dream

Final Draft lifts the tedious aspects of screenwriting to such a degree that it’s difficult to imagine my work without it. It diminishes the distance between you and your vision. It keeps you inside of your story and close to your characters.

Geoffrey Fletcher - Writer / Director / Academy Award® winner

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Violet & Daisy

Three pieces of advice for creating a great script:
1) Cut the scene where the lead character runs from a fireball. It’s cliche.
2) No matter how bizarre the studio notes are, take a deep breath and say “Let me think about that overnight.”
3) Use Final Draft.

Bruce Feirstein - Writer / Director / Producer

The World Is Not Enough, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies

Final Draft is the ultimate mind/computer interface. My writing and re-writing move at the speed of thought!

John Fasano - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

Hannah's Law, Woke Up Dead (TV), Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone (TV), Stone Cold, Alien 3

If I wasn’t married to Lauren, I’d marry Final Draft.

Richard Donner - Director / Producer / Actor

X-Man Origins: Wolverine, Superman II, 16 Blocks, The Omen

FINAL DRAFT is the only scriptwriting software worth considering, period.

Roger Donaldson - Writer / Director / Producer

The Bank Job, The World’s Fastest Indian, Thirteen Days, No Way Out

Writing & Developing scripts is hard. Final Draft is easy. We love Final Draft.

Lauren Donner - Producer

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, The Secret Life of Bees

First rule of out-of-town previews: word-of-mouth travels faster than the speed of light. So if the audience doesn’t laugh on Tuesday, you’d better have something new for them on Wednesday, or it’s all over. That’s what I love about Final Draft. You can fly in a new joke, a new scene, a new lyric faster than your cast can say “What are we doing in Sheboygan, anyway?”.

Susan DiLallo - Lyricist / Librettist

Barbie Live! In Fairytopia, Once Upon a Time in New Jersey, Iron Curtain

Thanks to Final Draft, preproduction of the miniseries Cleopatra was started on schedule. Final Draft saved the day!

Anton Diether - Writer / Producer

Stranded (TV), Cleopatra (TV), Moby Dick (TV)

Final Draft is like going from a stick shift to an automatic—it helps take the anxiety away from facing the blank page. When the ideas come, Final Draft gets out of your way and lets you flow.

Pen Densham - Writer / Director / Producer

Just Buried, Monster, Backdraft, Robin Hood: Prince of Theives, Moll Flanders

Before Final Draft, I spent more time reformatting than I did working on the actual script. Final Draft is a bit like having a secretary to do all the hard jobs.

Mike Cullen - Writer

Primeval (TV), Taggart (TV), Bloodlines (TV), Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (TV)


Scott Free has installed Final Draft on the computers of all its development staff. We use it daily - and love it!

Michael Costigan - Producer

Being Flynn, Prometheus, Welcome to the Rileys, Robin Hood, Cyrus, The Taking of Pelham 123, American Gangster

Final Draft has removed the annoying obstacle of the screenplay from the creative process. It actually makes writing a screenplay fun.

Rob Cohen - Writer / Director / Producer / Actor

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Fast and the Furious, XXX: The State of The Union

When I write, I want truth, passion, the unexpected. Final Draft delivers ease, total software stability (truly the unexpected, in my experience) and the freedom to focus on your thoughts and words, not on the need to format a page. I wouldn’t write a script without it.

Alexander Chow-Stuart - Writer / Producer

The End of America, Sharp Teeth, The War Zone

I want a screenwriting program that is useful and invisible. Final Draft is both. It never stops me I just keep on going…

William Broyles, Jr. - Writer / Producer

Flags of Our Fathers, Jarhead, The Polar Express, Cast Away , Apollo 13

After having been there for me at all odd times and hours, Final Draft has replaced my imaginary friend.

James L. Brooks - Writer / Producer / Academy Award® and Emmy® winner

The Simpsons (TV), Spanglish, As Good As It Gets

As an editor or assistant editor, you need to make Avid script revisions quickly. We edit from the final shooting draft created in Final Draft. When producers change a line on set, we can add the new lines to the editing script. We use Final Draft because it keeps the formatting, like the orginal scipt. It’s that fast. Now you can check any line of dialogue in the script with a click of a mouse.

Robert Bramwell - Editor / Emmy® winner

The Walking Dead (TV) Wilfred (TV), Hawthorne (TV), Better Off Ted (TV), It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV), Arrested Development (TV)

I’d be lost without the revisions made on Final Draft. Final Draft is an essential industry tool that every film maker should consider.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura - Producer

Side Effects, Man on a Ledge, Jack Ryan, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Salt, Transformers

Final Draft is a pleasure to use.  Nothing lets you get your script on paper easier or faster!

Steven Bochco - Writer / Producer / Emmy® winner

Raising the Bar (TV), Commander in Chief (TV), Over There (TV), L.A. Law (TV), Hill Street Blues (TV)

Final Draft is an invaluable and totally liberating tool for screenwriters. I couldn’t live without it.

Andrew Bergman - Writer / Director / Producer

The In-Laws, Honeymoon in Vegas, Blazing Saddles

Final Draft is the only scriptwriting software I’ve ever dated. In fact, it’s my longest monogamous relationship. It’s that good.

Jessica Bendinger - Writer / Director / Producer

Stick It, Bring It On, Sex and the City (TV)

“I’ve used Final Draft for years – it’s indispensable.”

Lawrence Bender - Producer / Actor

Safe, Countdown to Zero, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2, Good Will Hunting

Once you lock your schedule and screenplay in pre-production on a feature film, Final Draft is paramount to managing a smooth production. Everything starts with the script, and Final Draft is my producing partner. Being able to quickly revise, organize and distribute pages efficiently gives me both piece of mind and the ability to explore creative changes in the script while shooting with confidence.

Chris Bender - Producer / Executive Producer

The Hangover, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Final Draft has eased my work a great deal. With a few improvements it could be an incredible tool.

Jean-Jacques Beineix - Jean-Jacques Beineix

Mortal Transfer, Betty Blue, Diva, Hellville

Final Draft takes all the guesswork out of formatting a script and lets me concentrate on just being creative.

Harold Becker - Director / Producer

Masters of Science Fiction, Domestic Disturbance, Mercury Rising, Sea of Love, City Hall

Final Draft is the only screenwriting software I have ever used. Quite simply because it is the best. The industry standard. From fade in to fade out, Final Draft is the essential screenwriter’s tool.

Stuart Beattie - Writer / Director

Tomorrow, When the War Began, G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Australia, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

I have used Final Draft for U.S. and U.K. shows and it works flawlessly in both countries. Despite the difference in formatting with Final Draft’s International templates, I can convert scripts without retyping—a real time saver.

Fred Barron - Writer / Producer

My Family (BBC), After You've Gone (TV), Caroline in the City (TV)

I’ve tried a variety of scriptwriting software and Final Draft is without question my favorite.

Alan Ball - Writer / Director / Producer / Academy Award® winner / Emmy® winner

True Blood (TV), Towelhead, American Beauty

Accept no substitutes! Final Draft is the best of all the Screenplay applications. With Final Draft, writing and revising are a pleasure, not a nightmare.

John Badham - Director / Producer / Actor

Psych, The Event (TV), Psych (TV), Criminal Minds (TV), The Beast (TV), Firefighter, Heroes (TV), Nakita (TV), Saturday Night Fever, Stakeout, Dracula

With writing software, the goal is to make the interface [between writer and software] as intuitive and seamless as possible. I’ve tried all the other writing software, and I prefer Final Draft because I find it to be the cleanest, most elegant, most stable solution for writing mission-critical work.

Roger Avary - Writer / Producer / Director / Academy Award® winner

Beowulf, Silent Hill, The Rules of Attraction, Pulp Fiction, Killing Zoe, True Romance

I have used Final Draft for nearly 20 years and it just keeps getting better!

Paul Attanasio - Writer / Producer

The Sum of All Fears, Donnie Brasco, Quiz Show

When I led my nude expedition up to the summit on Mt. Everest, I made sure that I brought along a good cell phone, cherry Popsicles, an English-speaking Sherpa and of course, my Final Draft. Let’s face it. It’s all about survival! Final Draft is a definite necessity with cool features, a great interface and it seems to run well under extremely cold conditions.

Tim Allen - Writer / Producer / Actor

Home Improvement (TV)

It’s late at night and I’m in bed. Final Draft is on top of me. It’s both of us together. Burning, sweating, rocking, creating. It’s all about making script, oh yeah.

Milo Addica - Writer / Producer / Actor

The King, Birth, Monster's Ball

I swear by Final Draft. There is no other writing software like it! Because of the easy flow that Final Draft provides I was able to write A Very Larry Christmas in four days and I sold it in seven.

Greg D. Shelton - ​Writer / Producer

A Very Larry Christmas