Movie Magic Screenwriter With Free Book "The Screenwriter's Bible"
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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.
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Movie magic will also allow the user to have their screenplay as formally or as skeletally formatted as the user wishes by using the Edit > Format property sheet. So if anyone doesn't want to have (continued) continued for action breaking across a page they can exclude or include that particular formatting detail. They can also switch off and on as many toolbars and speedbars as they wish. So you can have the application window all `bells and whistles' or as skinny as possible.
It is a good idea to spend some time with the Edit > Format page and Printer Setup page to get a better insight to Movie Magic's flexibility. And users should keep up to date with the latest upgrades - for free to registered users - to avail themselves of any improvements to performance and elimination of bugs.
If you are serious about writing scripts you need a screenwriting program. And there are only two that should be considered Movie Magic Screenwriter or Final Draft. I choose MMS because of bugs with the release of FD 7.0. Apparantly FD 7.1 has been bug-fixed and may now be the better purchase. I don't know--I'm sticking with MMS.
Now it is true you could use Word or Wordperfect to write "Cut To:" several thousand times, but why on earth would you.
Scripts need to be in a particular format, and screenwriting programs make putting the script in that format significantly easier than screwing around with Word.
A comparison might be made to cooking, sure you can make Chinese food without a wok--but why on earth would you?
Word processing programs are general purpose tools that can be re-fitted to produce scripts.
Screenwriting programs are specific purpose tools that are designed to do one thing well--produce scripts.
There is no serious screenwriter out there today that does not use one of the two programs mentioned above (Movie Magic Screenwriter or Final Draft)--even those screenwriters who prefer to do their first draft on paper subsequently move those pages to electronic format in one of these programs.
Is this worth $172 or $200 or $250? Considering that a spec script can sell for over $500,000--and the surest way to get that script rejected is to use improper script format--I'd have to say yes.
It makes the formatting a breeze. Most of the changes in formatting are done simply by hitting tab or enter at the end of a line. And all the formatting is completely customizable. So you can decide what you want to bold or caps if you like making your writer's drafts a little different from standard.
It also imports from a bevy of other formats extremely well. So if you have screenplay's you've already written in Word or Word Perfect it's no problem.
You can have it print your screenplay to PDF, collaborate with a fellow screenwriter online, use the index card view to outline and plot out your screenplay. It's awesome.
Whenever in the past I encountered bugs and reported them to tech support they've been quick to respond and I've seen the problem fixed in free updates.
Try the demo, unlike Final Draft's Demo it lets you save so any work you put into a screenplay won't be lost when you decide to buy Movie Magic.
This IS the latest version of Movie Magic Sgreenwriter! The paperwork I received told me it was 4.5 and I didn't open anything else until after I heard from the manufacturer which took awhile. They told me I could get upgrades so...
Today I opened the cd wrapper and found it to be the newest version. Don't ask me why it wasn't labeled earlier?
Anyway this is the latest and I apologize for earlier comments.
Cheers, By George