Five Things Screenwriters Can Learn From “IT”

Five Things Screenwriters Can Learn From “IT”

Based on Stephen King’s classic bestseller, IT has broken numerous box-office records and has been praised by critics and fans; many of which have cited the film as one of the best movie adaptations of a King novel. Written by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary...
Tech Tips: The Final Draft Backup Folder

Tech Tips: The Final Draft Backup Folder

In the event that your master script is damaged, lost, or now contains a lot of content that you don’t want, you may need to roll back to a previous version of the script. If you haven’t kept an archive of successive drafts, Final Draft has. Every time you save or the...
Tech Tips: How to Reformat Paragraphs

Tech Tips: How to Reformat Paragraphs

Sometimes, paragraphs in Final Draft are inadvertently misformatted – Action paragraphs mistakenly render as character names, Scene Headings look like Transitions, lines of dialogue look like Parentheticals. Fortunately, misformatted text is easy to fix. Simply place...
Tech Tips: Alternate Dialogue

Tech Tips: Alternate Dialogue

You’re not sure whether the most hilarious comeback line to use is “So’s your mother!” or “I know you are but what am I?” You think the kid should say “I want my two dollars” but your writing partner believes “You owe me two dollars” is far better. You can’t decide if...
Using Your Influences

Using Your Influences

When trying to develop your voice as a screenwriter and perfect your craft, don’t be afraid to use your influences. One shouldn’t attempt to write a script without reading a few screenplays first. Thanks to the Internet, this isn’t a particularly hard task; most...