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Final Draft 5.0 with Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop Video

by Final Draft, Inc.
Windows NT / 2000, Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows NT / 2000, Mac
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00005JFZK
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 23, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,378 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description


With Final Draft, screenwriting is easy. The Script Reader text-to-speech feature assigns different voices to different characters and allows you to listen to your script read aloud. It's like having a table reading without hiring live actors. Complete with full Internet capability, Final Draft lets you e-mail a scene to your writing partner, or the whole script to a producer. Visit the Final Draft Web site, or e-mail tech support, all with a click of the mouse, and without leaving the program.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't live without it. August 27, 2001
Agents, studios, instructors or just about anyone who reviews a screenplay will expect it in "standard" screenplay format. There are dozens of rules regarding font, typeface, margins, indentations, grammer, syntax etc. On top of that you need to write the screenplay iteself!
Enter Final Draft.
It takes the work out of formatting, remembering what goes where and what syntax to use and leaves you to do what you originally intended to : write screenplays.
Final Draft automatically lays out your pages correctly. It indents slug lines, scene descriptions, speech etc. perfectly. It even ensures that you can't hit Enter twice without selecting something new to put into the script (i.e. a scene heading). The package is easy to use right out of the box. Take half an hour to get used to it and you're off. However, if you've never taken a screenwriting class or read a book or two, it might get a little confusing. The online help is pretty good, but it is basic. If this is your first screenwriting attempt may I suggest the Screenwriter's Bible (Trottier) to help you understand what Final Draft is trying to do.
A feature that I find really amusing is the script readback feature. It allows you to assign computer "voices" to different characters in your script. The speech synthesizing has a LONG way to go, but it's very funny to listen to.
Final Draft organizes index cards for you (if you use them to manage your scenes) and can print them out on card stock. Other neat little features include dual dialogue, which is very easy to use, tracking of changes, script "locking" for portions of a script, character name database, spellchecker, online script registration and, of course, the accomanying video (worth viewing, for sure).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Screenwriting Marvel August 16, 2001
This is a great combo. Final Draft 5.0, aside from being the leading professional screenwriting program, is extremely simple to use and very stable. With is Mac and Windows compatiblity, it can be used by anyone regardless of previous screenwriting knowledge. This softwares helf menu is very pleasing as well. If there is a term or function that you don't know the meaning of, it will explain exactley how to use the funtion in a professional way. For example, the 'INT.' means interior. If this is new knowledge for you, you just go to the help menu and instanty be explained that it is a prefix for a scene inside. The smart type is another fantastic function that cuts typing time in half. When there is dialog between two characters, the computer automatically begins to put the next characters title in the center of the page for ease and speed. All the heading and prefixs are already built in. (V.O.), (con't), and other additions are as simple as a press of the arrow keys and a return. No previous knowledge is needed to use this software. It has a clean interface that is very similar to such populat software as MS Word. It has customizibility, a good spell checker, a name database with over 90,000 names in it, thesaurus and one of my favorite features, the Speech simulator. Assign voices to your characters and listen to them speak the words you've written. The video itself is another wonderful thing. Syd Field is a down to earth man who mencourages and helps you understand the art of screenwriting. He give you the tips that make great screenwriters of people and in a conginial way that you feel comfotable with. Whether you are a professional writer or ameteur, this collection is the best choice you can make.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hands of Fate Have Issued a Gold Mine September 7, 2001
To see a program work so well is very rare indeed. Looking at Final Draft made me uneasy for the price was so high. But do not, I repeat do not let the price take you away from this program. [the money] is well worth it. The interface is easy and very user friendly. I am not going to go in depth on what it has to offer, because you can just read it for your self at the website (finaldraft.com). If you are looking for easy to use format then this is the place. It is so good I am even thinking using this to type up my school research paper. Get the demo at the website, and buy at Amazon. You truly will not be let down by product this buy.
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