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Write Brothers Movie Magic Screenwriter (PC & Mac)

Platform : Windows NT, Mac, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS X, Windows
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  • Movie Magic Screenwriter's mix of powerful features, adaptability to your working style, and ease-of-use blew away the competition
  • Expanded Production Features-including an automated Revision Draft process, Productions Solutions help, and onscreen Revision Draft colors-are organized on their own dedicated menu
  • Built-in index cards are fully editable
  • Create countless unique character names from NameBank's huge database of male, female, and last names
  • Exports to StoryBoard Quick format for scene visualization
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The Choice of Hollywood Professionals Are you a Hollywood professional or a first-time writer? Makes no difference: Movie Magic Screenwriter 2000 has virtually every feature invented to improve your writing process! Within minutes of opening the box, you’ll experience the magic of a writing tool with stunningly intelligent design. What Does a Script Formatter Do? Writing scripts for film, television, and theater has traditionally been a time-consuming task. There are many elements in a script (i.e. scene headings, character names, dialogue, scene breaks, etc.) that must be correctly placed in your script. Following these conventions is essential in making sure your script is receiving proper attention from agents, producers and contests. That’s where a script formatting program comes in. Screenwriter 2000 works by your side, automatically formatting action, character name, dialog and other elements as you write your script. Even better, there are no function keys or special command keys to memorize-your fingers stay on the keyboard, always ready for creative thoughts to flow onto the page! Why Screenwriter 2000? All writing tools are not created equal. Naturally, Screenwriter uses a simple TAB-ENTER system to quickly get your creative thoughts flowing into the computer. Screenwriter has index cards, script notes, simple entry of character names, spell-checking, and of course, smart margin changing. The comparison ends here. Screenwriter alone has a full suite of internet features, such as real-time internet collaboration, online script registration, and export to Adobe Acrobat & PDF format; superior production features, such as built-in script breakdown and detailed export to Movie Magic Scheduling; Script Analysis features; and the finest import and export facilities in the world of screenwriting.

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Writing scripts for film, television, and theater is usually a time-consuming task. There are many elements in a script (i.e. scene headings, character names, dialogue, scene breaks, etc.) that must be correctly placed in your script. Following these conventions is essential in making sure your script is receiving proper attention from agents, producers, and contest judges. Screenwriter works by your side, automatically formatting action, character name, dialogue, and other elements as you write your script.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B00005V7FW
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 8, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,774 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Westerman on February 11, 2003
For years, I used to use Microsoft Word to develop all of my scripts in. While it could be done, it wasn't the best nor the easiest way to do it. I had always put off buying specialized software to do something that but the problem is that I spent more time formatting and paginating my scripts than I did writing.
Finally, I decided to break down and buy scripting software. But before deciding on which one to buy I did a little research on the titles that were currently available. I wanted to make sure I got the best product for the right price. What ultimatly sold me on Movie Magic Screenwriter 2000 was that both the Writers' Guild of America and Project Greenlight both recommend this software.
One of the claims made by the software company is the ability to get up and running right out of the box. I found this to be--for the most part--true. Upon receiving my copy, I was entering my first script in about 30 minutes (including installation time). There are some things that you may need to know, but the software company was intuitive enough to add booklets that contain this information in it so that you didn't have to hunt through the manual.
There are also a nice collection of templates included with the software that allows you to write for both movie and television (like I do). The templates for the TV shows comes in many different flavors (Sci-fi, sit-coms, dramas, etc.) and are even set up in the format used by several different shows.
What I especially appreciated was the fact that Screenwriter 2000 kept track of the names of my characters. I used to have to do this on scratch pads and Post-It notes or I would have to read back in the script to find a name. In Screenwriter 2000, I can call up a list of names to find the one I'm looking for.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Larry D. Madill Jr. on July 16, 2003
I am both a working screenwriter and script supervisor. I use Movie Magic Screenwriter for both those jobs. Its an excellent, straight-forward, and cleanly built program for formating and writing professionally styled scripts.
Compared to Final Draft Movie Magic's formatting simply looks cleaner - with more accurate and useful spacing, sluglines, and transitions - and is far easier to use. Now this doesn't mean it will teach you how to write or what to write, but it does mean what you do write will at least look good.
Minor problems I've had and things that could change for the better...Screenwriter is a tad unstable with Windows XP and occasionally crashes at start-up (although I have yet to lose a file because of that). Some of the production tools - like scene numbering and CONTINUEDs - are buried deep in the program and not the least bit easy to get to. Also they still have annoying and non-standard formatting in there sluglines and transitions. For instance you can select Continuous and Moments Later for a time portion of your slugline. Any oen that works in production knows that there is no Continuous or Moments Later. Simply either DAY or NIGHT. For transitions they still have CUT TO which is no longer used.
Aside from those minor things Movie Magic is an excellent script writing program.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By "bluezooseven" on April 24, 2002
Choosing screenplay software for me comes down to Final Draft and MM Screenwriter 2000.
Final Draft looks and feels a little more professional, but MMS 2000 has some features that are a little better.
For example, MMS 2000 has a nice little "automatic scene bookmark" feature that allows you to use a single button click to navigate to any scene in your script. Nice. FD has bookmarks, but you have to create them all yourself.
Both products have an index card feature that allows you to view your script in outline format. MMS 2000 allows you to make edits to the script while in this format. FD does not. Its also easier to move scenes around in MMS 2000. Its a little clumsier in FD if you're moving a scene say, from the beginning of the script to the end.
But which to pick, you say? In the end, I still like FD better. The beauty of these products is that they race to copy each other, much like Netscape and Internet Explorer used to back in the day. Whichever features one has, the next version of the other is also sure to have.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lenny on May 10, 2006
I'll keep this short because I'm supposed to be writing! I used to use Final Draft for all my TV work (Wire In The Blood, Hornblower). I even recommended it to the BBC when they still used Word for screenplays. Then a friend and producer showed me Screenwriter and I have never looked back. It's far more intuitive than FD in so many ways, it makes it easier to just concentrate on the text. And technically Screenwriter is far more solid - I have never used a version of Final Draft that didn't have numerous really irritating bugs, which tech support could never seem to resolve despite endless patches. I haven't patched Screenwriter for years quite simply because I don't need to - it just works. I'm sorry I ever backed FD now, but it's almost the standard program in the UK. I often write my stuff in Screenwriter and import it into FD for submission.

Note that FD tech support costs money whereas Screenwriter's doesn't. How can the smaller company afford to provide free tech support? I suspect the answer is simple: that hardly anyone ever needs it. And to the reviewer who complained about the CUT TO's clogging up his script: you can switch all that stuff off you know!
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