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From Ken Miyamoto @ Team ScreenCraft!  Check out ​ScreenCraft.org & sign up for their AMAZING e-blast list, chock full of great opportunities, information and free stuff like this.

We’re so impressed with WriterDuet! You can sign up for the free version of WriterDuet and start writing today.  Let us know what you think!

Enjoy!!  ~ R


Let’s take a moment to talk about screenwriting software.

You can write a screenplay by hand, on a typewriter, on a napkin – but if you want to be taken seriously by Hollywood executives and seasoned producers, you need precise, industry-standard formatting with the help of screenwriting software. There are several options out there, the most popular are: Final Draft (however it’s decades old & expensive) and Celtx (but it’s non-standard formatting and doesn’t have professional pagination).

I recommend starting with the free version of WriterDuet, which has industry-standard formatting and a ton of other professional features. You can import/export from many formats (including Final Draft, PDF and Fountain). And it offers automatic revision-tracking, backup to the cloud and real-time collaboration (for when you need a writing partner on a project).

Here are a few reasons why we think WriterDuet is simply the best screenwriting tool available:

  1. Cross-platform. WriterDuet works on Mac, Windows, Linux, Chromebooks, iOS, and Android. It gives identical page counts on all devices, and PDFs.
  2. Pasting from other sources. WriterDuet lets you copy text written in Fountain, or other screenwriting programs (Final Draft, Celtx, etc.) and paste it directly into WriterDuet with the correct formatting most of the time (impossible to be perfect).
  3. An amazing outliner. WriterDuet’s outliner lets you organize scene cards into acts and sequences, add (multiple) colors, tag characters (with optional colors/icons to identify them), set emoticons on each scene, and resize/reorder cards. All real-time collaborative.
  4. View & edit specific portions. Select characters to view & edit only their dialogue within the script, or just the scenes they’re in. Select the non-dialogue report to view & edit Action, etc. or the Shots report for a production-shortened version.
  5. Unicode support. Write in any language – Chinese, Cyrillic, Hindi, etc.
  6. Distraction-free full-screen mode. Full-screen works across platforms and is script-centric by default, helping you focus on writing. You can customize other items to be displayed, and make the normal view distraction-free as well.

We’re so impressed with WriterDuet! You can sign up for the free version of WriterDuet and start writing today.  Let us know what you think!

Screenwriting legend Ed Solomon (screenwriter of Men in Black, Now You See Me and more) has this to say about WriterDuet:
“WriterDuet is the most intuitive, most user-friendly scriptwriting software I’ve ever used. And it’s truly amazing to be able to write and share screens with one, two, or many different people at once… I wish I’d had this earlier in my career.” 

Keep writing,

Ken Miyamoto
Team ScreenCraft

​ScreenCraft.org

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Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab

The Athena Film Festival and IRIS are partnering to present the Athena IRIS Screenwriting Lab. The lab is a two-day writer’s workshop that is open to women screenwriters with scripts that focus on strong female leaders. The lab gives women screenwriters the opportunity to work in one-on-one sessions with mentors in the industry. Athena and IRIS will invite four unproduced screenwriters to this writer’s lab. The lab will take place February 9-10, 2017 during the 7th annual Athena Film Festival, at Barnard College, in New York City.

Details

  • Submissions will open October 1 at 12:00pm EST through October 31 at 11:59pm EST
  • The submission fee is $50
  • 8-10 finalists will be chosen by November 28 and asked to write a personal statement for further consideration
  • Four winners will be chosen by January
  • Lab participants will be provided meals during the lab as well as a full pass to participate in all activities of the Athena Film Festival

Who Can Apply:

  • Writers who identify as female.
  • Writers who have yet to have a feature-length narrative film produced.
  • Screenplays must include a strong female character in a leadership role at the center of the story.
  • We seek screenplays from all genres about women in all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups.
  • Screenplays must be feature-length narrative scripts in English of no more than 120 pages. We will not consider TV, shorts, plays, book excerpts, or documentaries.
  • Scripts with more than one writer (both have to identity as female) can be considered.
  • As part of the submission process you will be asked to include a log line of the film and a synopsis.

If selected to participate in the lab you must be available to be in New York City, February 9-10, 2017 (no travel stipend provided).

INTERESTED?
The submission deadline is October 31, 2016. Learn more about how to apply.




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