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Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting Beginner's guide

Book Description

Write and market Hollywood-perfect movie scripts the free way!

  • An illustrative guide to writing and formatting professional scripts and screenplays in the only way acceptable to Hollywood producers and agents

  • Work with all the powerful tools of Celtx to come up with brilliant scripts for films, documentaries, stage plays, even comic book scripts

  • Master other pre-production planning features including storyboarding, scheduling, and casting

  • Maximize the power of Celtx with helpful tips about both the software and how to sell your completed work

  • Part of Packt's beginner's guide series – pratical, simple, and illustrative

  • In Detail

    We've all watched a disappointing movie and said, "I could write it better than that." Perhaps you can! It doesn't matter how good your script might be – if it doesn't look right, producers and agents won't read it. The answer (and it's an easy one) to writing screenplays in the rigid format required is Celtx!

    This book on Celtx answers the NEED millions of screenwriters have – how to turn out a pro-looking script without spending hundreds on Final Draft or Movie Magic. It includes screenplay formatting and structuring examples, excerpts from both classic movie scripts and some of the author's own as examples, tips on marketing, and so forth.

    Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting Beginner's Guide will make you an expert at storyboarding, audio visual scripts (such as for documentaries), comic books, developing characters, and more. It begins with the basics of getting started with Celtx and then moves on to the important aspects of writing and formatting scripts. With this book in hand, you will develop all the skills of a professional scriptwriter. If you have the creativity it takes to come up with a brilliant script, this book does everything else for you!

    This book takes you through a tour of Celtx, what to use it for, and what to do with your excellent results (with a lot of hard-learned tips from the author). In simple terms, this book shows you how to get up to speed writing scripts and the other neat things Celtx does.

    This illustrative guide will show you how to turn out a professional-looking script using Celtx.

    Table of Contents

    1. Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting Beginner's Guide
      1. Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting Beginner's guide
      2. Credits
      3. About the Author
      4. About the Reviewers
      5. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
      6. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. As this book goes to press
        5. Conventions
        6. Time for action - heading
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz—heading
          3. Have a go hero—heading
        7. Reader feedback
        8. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      7. 1. Obtaining and Installing Celtx
        1. System requirements
          1. PC
          2. Mac
          3. Linux
          4. eeePC
        2. Choosing and downloading the right version of Celtx
        3. Time for action - finding the download choices
          1. Celtx speaks your language
          2. The right operating system
        4. Time for action - downloading Celtx
        5. Installing Celtx
        6. Time for action - installing Celtx on a PC
          1. What just happened?
        7. Time for action - installing Celtx on Mac OS X
          1. What just happened?
        8. Time for action - Linux installation
          1. What just happened?
        9. Time for action - installing on a Netbook
          1. What just happened?
          2. New iPad and iPhone Apps
        10. Testing Celtx
        11. Time for action - starting it up
          1. What just happened?
        12. Time for action - establishing an Internet connection
          1. What just happened?
          2. Adding dictionaries to the spellchecker
        13. Time for action - getting and adding dictionaries
          1. What just happened?
        14. Celtx's six biggies—its types of projects
          1. Film
          2. Audio-Visual
          3. Theatre
          4. Audio Play
          5. Comic Book
          6. Storyboard
        15. Summary
      8. 2. All those Wonderful Writing Features
        1. Writing with character and mastering the Master Catalog
        2. Time for action - saving a project
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero
          3. Tracking people, animals, props, and so on
        3. Time for action - adding manual catalogs
          1. What just happened?
        4. Need an assistant?
        5. Time for action - intuitive formatting
          1. What just happened?
          2. Easy Shortcuts
          3. Page breaks and pagination
        6. Time for action - numbering scenes
          1. What just happened?
          2. Dual dialogue
          3. Scene management
            1. Deleting scenes
            2. Moving scenes
        7. Time for action - using the Scratchpad
          1. What just happened?
          2. Embedded notes
        8. Time for action - adding embedded notes to a script
          1. What just happened?
          2. Title Page generation
          3. Spellchecking
            1. Inline Spellchecking
        9. Write once, use many
        10. Time for action - getting the script out of your computer
          1. What just happened?
        11. Using Index Cards
        12. Revision Mode
        13. Time for action - adding new project types with the Template Engine
        14. Summary
      9. 3. Visualizing Productions Ahead of Time
        1. Sketching
        2. Time for action - starting a new sketch
          1. What just happened?
          2. Sketch Tool toolbar
          3. Icons for a professional look
          4. Saving a finished Sketch
        3. Time for action - saving and organizing Sketches
          1. What just happened?
        4. Storyboarding
        5. Time for action - storyboarding
          1. What just happened?
          2. Storyboard controls
          3. Generating scenes automatically
          4. Adding Sketches to a Storyboard
        6. Time for action - moving a Sketch to a Storyboard
          1. What just happened?
          2. Adding image files to a Storyboard
        7. Time for action - adding media files
          1. What just happened?
        8. Summary
      10. 4. Tools for Getting Organized
        1. Project Library
        2. Time for action - adding Items
          1. What just happened?
        3. Time for action - adding a folder
          1. What just happened?
        4. Time for action - deleting items
          1. What just happened?
        5. Scheduling, call sheets, and shooting reports
        6. Time for action - scheduling
          1. What just happened?
        7. Time for action - customizing schedule options
          1. What just happened?
        8. Time for action - call sheets, shooting schedules, and other reports
          1. What just happened?
        9. Inter-project document management
        10. Toolbox
        11. Summary
      11. 5. Tooling Up for Scriptwriting
        1. The File menu
        2. Time for action - starting a new project
          1. What just happened?
        3. Time for action - opening an existing project
        4. Time for action - opening and saving recent projects
        5. Time for action - saving early and often
        6. Time for action - saving a project under another name
        7. Time for action - creating new project types
        8. Time for action - closing a project
        9. Time for action - closing tabs and windows
        10. Time for action - opening and saving a project stored on Celtx studio
        11. Time for action - add Item, add Folder, delete Item
        12. Time for action - setting up a page
        13. Time for action - previewing and printing a local print job
        14. Time for action - showing the project file
        15. Time for action - exiting
        16. The Edit menu
        17. Time for action - undoing a change
        18. Time for action - redoing (restoring) a change
        19. Time for action - cutting
        20. Time for action - copying
        21. Time for action - pasting
        22. Time for action - selecting it all
        23. Time for action - finding that which was lost
        24. The View menu
        25. The Script menu
        26. Time for action - exporting scripts
        27. Time for action - adapting to another type of script
        28. Time for action - revising a completed script (and you will)
        29. Time for action - updating the Master Catalog
        30. Time for action - using formatting options
        31. Time for action - hiding the Sidebar
        32. The Tools menu
          1. Toolbox
          2. Options
        33. With a little help from our friends
        34. The top buttons
        35. The Project Library window
        36. The Scenes window
        37. The editor toolbar
        38. The bottom buttons
          1. Have a go hero—create a test script and turn it into a PDF
        39. Customizing the Celtx screen
        40. Additional buttons
          1. Pop quiz
        41. Summary
      12. 6. Advanced Celtx
        1. Multiple projects in a single project container
        2. Time for action - working with multiple project containers
        3. Importing Scripts in detail
        4. Time for action - importing the Celtx way
        5. Time for action - importing my way
        6. Time for action - accurately importing scripts
        7. Time for action - exporting Scripts in detail
          1. Pop quiz—advanced Celtx
        8. Summary
      13. 7. Writing Movies with Celtx
        1. Preparing to write a Screenplay
          1. Creating a project container
        2. Time for action - setting up the project
          1. Loglines
          2. Synopses
          3. Treatments
          4. Outlines
        3. Time for action - creating a title page
          1. Beginning a script—the first two words
        4. Scenes
        5. Time for action - formatting scene heading
        6. Action
        7. Character
        8. Dialog
        9. Parenthetical
        10. Shot
        11. Transition
        12. Text
        13. Printing it out
          1. Have a go hero—write a screenplay!
        14. Summary
      14. 8. Documentaries and Other Audio-Visual Projects
        1. What is an audio-visual production?
        2. Starting an AV project in Celtx
        3. Time for action - beginning our new AV project
        4. Time for action - setting up the container
          1. Title page
        5. Time for action - adding a title page
          1. Celtx power
        6. Writing an AV project in Celtx
          1. Scene heading
          2. Shots
          3. Character
          4. Dialog
          5. Parenthetical
          6. Pop quiz—What Are Audio/Visual projects?
        7. Summary
      15. 9. Raising the Curtain on Plays
        1. Act 1, Scene 1—writing a play
          1. What are plays?
          2. Parts of a stage play script
        2. Time for action - starting a theatre project
        3. Time for action - creating the title page
          1. Outlining a play
          2. The Outline in Celtx
        4. Play elements
          1. Act
          2. Scene heading
          3. Stage direction
          4. Character
          5. Dialog
          6. Parenthetical
          7. Transition
        5. Printing our play
        6. Tracking the cast
          1. Pop quiz
        7. Summary
      16. 10. Audio Plays, Podcasts, and Other Great Sounds
        1. Listen to this
          1. Why sound productions?
          2. Radio plays
        2. Time for action - setting up our audio play project
        3. Audio play elements
        4. Time for action - numbering elements and creating a PDF
          1. BBC formatting
        5. Time for action - using BBC formatting
          1. Have a go hero
          2. Pop quiz
        6. Summary
      17. 11. WAP! POW! BANG! Writing Comic Books with a Punch
        1. Graphic storytelling
          1. What are comics?
        2. Time for action - opening the sample comic book script
        3. Time for action - creating a Celtx comic book container
        4. Time for action - building the title page
        5. Comic book elements
          1. Page
          2. Panel
          3. Caption
          4. Character
          5. Balloon type
          6. Balloon
        6. Navigating, deleting, and reordering pages
          1. Pop quiz
        7. Summary
      18. 12. Marketing Your Scripts
        1. Appearances are everything!
          1. What is a screenplay?
          2. What Celtx does for us?
          3. Where Celtx needs help
          4. Sending out a good-looking script!
        2. Loglines and queries
          1. A spiffy logline
          2. An interesting and informative query
        3. Ways to get noticed
            1. Film festivals
        4. Places to get leads
          1. Places to get leads for money
        5. Getting support from your fellow writers
        6. Time for action - marketing using Celtx files
        7. Be persistently persistent
        8. Summary
        9. Conclusion
      19. A. List of Recommended Books on Screenwriting and Productions and Online Resources
        1. Screenwriting
        2. Production
        3. Online resources
      20. B. Celtx's New Web Look and Smartphone Apps
        1. Celtx on Smartphones!
      21. C. Future Development of Celtx
        1. Celtx 3.0
        2. Thank you!
      22. D. Pop quiz—Answers
        1. Chapter 5: Tooling Up for Scriptwriting
        2. Chapter 6: Advanced Celtx
        3. Chapter 8: Documentaries and Other Audio-Visual Projects
        4. Chapter 9: Raising the Curtain on Plays
        5. Chapter 10: Audio Plays, Podcasts, and Other Great Sounds
        6. Chapter 11: WAP! POW! BANG! Writing Comic Books with a Punch