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Mastering Celtx™

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Until recently, available screenwriting tools—built around traditional discrete roles and tethered to paper output—have struggled to keep up with the rapid changes in industry practices and needs. However, a new tool called Celtx (pronounced kel-tx) has embraced the industry's evolution and created a preproduction workspace that erases the boundaries between different conceptualizing and narrative-building tasks, such as storyboarding, outlining, media asset management, and scriptwriting. This book is for small-shop media professionals, independent film and video makers, media arts professors and students, ad-hoc media production teams, "pro-am" media creators, and aspiring screenwriters, storyboard artists, or comic book creators who want to maximize their creativity using Celtx. You will be introduced to the essential Celtx toolset (as well as to the Celtx Script app, Celtx Studio, and Celtx add-ons) and will learn how to apply Celtx to a variety of projects and workflows. A companion website includes downloadable practice files and images so you can work through the book's many tutorials. This is the only book you need to master Celtx and take your screenwriting and storyboarding projects to the next level.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
    1. Who This Book Is For
    2. How This Book Is Organized
    3. Terminology
    4. Companion Website Downloads
  5. 1. The Evolution of Pre-Production
    1. Computers Transform the Factory Assembly Line
    2. The History and Philosophy of Celtx
    3. Summary
  6. 2. Getting Familiar with Celtx
    1. Getting Celtx on Your System
      1. Celtx.com
      2. Downloading Celtx
      3. Installing Celtx
    2. Starting Celtx and Selecting a Project Template
    3. Script Composition
    4. Basic Editing
    5. Editing Toolbar—Other Features
    6. Title Page
    7. Previewing and Distributing the Script
      1. Previewing
      2. Typeset/PDF Format Options
      3. Distributing the Script
    8. Scratchpad
    9. Reports
    10. Index Cards
      1. Creating Cards
      2. Keeping Track of Multiple Storylines (Plots and Subplots)
      3. Toggling Between Cards and Script
      4. Zoom Views
      5. Printing Cards
    11. The Icons Toolbar
    12. Changing the Type of Script
    13. Script Import and Export
    14. Launching Celtx Once You’ve Created a Project
    15. Summary
  7. 3. Project Navigation, Library, Notes, and Media
    1. Left Sidebar
      1. Scene Navigator
      2. Project Library
    2. Right Sidebar
      1. Notes
        1. Creating and Locating Notes
        2. Editing and Deleting Notes
        3. Printing Notes
        4. Saving Your Script with Notes
      2. Media
        1. Media You’ve Captured
        2. Media Culled from Online Sources
      3. Breakdown
      4. Store
    3. Summary
  8. 4. Creating and Editing Production Film Scripts
    1. Locking the Script
    2. Revising Locked Scripts
      1. Adding New Scenes
      2. Automatic Changes to the Title Page
      3. Incrementing Revisions
      4. Omitting Scenes
    3. Resetting Locked Scripts
    4. Summary
  9. 5. Script Breakdowns and Catalogs
    1. Marking Items for Breakdown
      1. Adding Markup to the Script
      2. Removing Markup from the Script
    2. The Master Catalog Database
    3. Filling Out Forms in the Master Catalog
    4. Creating Specific Catalogs Inside the Master Catalog
    5. Fully Breaking Down a Script
    6. A Complete Script Breakdown
    7. Catalog Toolbar
    8. Printing Forms and Catalogs
    9. Summary
  10. 6. Reinventing Project Scripting I
    1. Building Out from Character
    2. Imagining Scenes
    3. Summary
  11. 7. Reports
    1. The Reports Window
      1. Dialog Reports
      2. Elements Reports
      3. Script with Notes Reports
      4. Scene Breakdown Reports
      5. Scene Breakdowns with Description Reports
    2. Printing Reports
    3. Summary
  12. 8. Storyboards
    1. Building a Storyboard
      1. Becoming Familiar with the Storyboard Toolbar
      2. Inserting and Adding Shots
      3. Moving Shots and Using the Sequences Navigator
      4. Adding Sequences
      5. Deleting Shots
    2. Playing Back the Storyboard
    3. Printing the Storyboard
    4. Viewing a Fully Storyboarded Script
    5. Summary
  13. 9. Sketches
    1. Creating Standalone Sketches in the Project Library
      1. Building a Sketch
      2. Using the Sketch Toolbar
        1. Grouping and Overlapping
        2. Drawing Tools
      3. Adding a New Standalone Sketch to the Project Library
    2. Managing Standalone Sketches in the Project Library
    3. Creating Sketches Within the Storyboard
    4. Exporting and Printing Sketches
    5. Sketches Versus Images
    6. Summary
  14. 10. Reinventing Project Scripting II
    1. Storyboarding Scripts
    2. Continuing to Build via Visualization
    3. Summary
  15. 11. Calendaring and Scheduling
    1. Calendaring
      1. Events
        1. Setting Up Events
        2. Calendar Views
        3. Editing Events
        4. Finding Events
        5. Deleting Events
        6. Tasks
        7. Setting Up Tasks
      2. Viewing and Sorting the Task List
        1. Editing Tasks
        2. Completing Tasks
        3. Deleting Tasks
      3. Maintaining Multiple Calendars
    2. Scheduling
      1. Production Scheduling
      2. The Scene Database
        1. The Scene Data Form
        2. Scheduling Scenes
        3. Sorting the Scene Database
        4. Setting Shooting Dates
        5. Scheduling Days
        6. Scheduling New Events in the Production Calendar
        7. Marking Scenes as Completed
      3. Production Reports
        1. Month
        2. Week
        3. One Line Schedule
        4. Shooting Schedule
        5. Call Sheet
        6. Scene Summary
    3. Summary
  16. 12. Exploring Celtx’s Built-In Sample Projects
    1. Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Screenplay Template
    2. A Day at the Races: A/V Script Template
    3. War of the Worlds: Audio Play Template
    4. Importance of Being Earnest: Stageplay Template
    5. The Mechanical Shakespeare: Comic Book Template
    6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Novel Template
    7. Summary
  17. 13. Celtx Script
    1. What Celtx Script Does and Doesn’t Do
    2. Acquiring Celtx Script
    3. Opening and Using the App
    4. Viewing/Editing Scripts
      1. Keyboard Editing
      2. Element Toolbar
      3. Navigating the Script
    5. Creating New Scripts
      1. Title Page Creation
      2. Composing the New Script
    6. Syncing Scripts Between Mobile Devices and Desktop/Laptop Devices
      1. Installing the Sync Add-On
      2. Syncing from the Mobile Device to the Desktop
      3. Opening Synced Scripts on the Desktop
      4. Syncing from the Desktop to the Mobile Device
    7. Syncing from Celtx Studios
    8. Emailing and Duplicating Scripts
    9. Deleting Scripts
    10. Summary
  18. 14. Celtx Studios: Creation and Administration
    1. Celtx Studios: Requirements
    2. Creating and Accessing a Celtx Studio
      1. The Celtx Studios Home Page
      2. Creating Your Studio
        1. Studio ID
        2. Password
        3. Email Address
        4. Select Number of Users
        5. Choose Payment Method
        6. Completing the Order
    3. Entering and Administering Your New Celtx Studio
      1. Admin
        1. Accounts
        2. Theme
        3. Cancel Account
      2. Dashboard
    4. Summary
  19. 15. Celtx Studios: User Interaction
    1. Entering the Studio
      1. Starting Celtx to Enter the Studio
      2. Entering the Studio from Your Browser
      3. Entering the Studio from Within a Celtx File
      4. Logging In and Out of Celtx Studios
    2. Using the Studio
      1. Saving Projects to the Studio
      2. Opening Projects from the Studio
      3. Projects
        1. Edit
        2. Share
        3. Notifications
        4. Mobile
        5. Delete
        6. Refresh
      4. Archives
        1. Version History Table
        2. Project Library Items
        3. Split View
        4. Refresh
      5. Preview
        1. Create (Preview)
        2. Update (Preview)
        3. Delete (Preview)
        4. Refresh
      6. Studio Guide
    3. Chatting in the Studio
      1. Buddy List
      2. Conversations Window
      3. Buddy List Menu Bar
        1. File Menu
        2. Tools Menu
    4. Summary
  20. 16. Celtx Add-Ons, Utilities, and Sketch Images
    1. Free Downloadable Utilities
      1. iPhone/iPad Desktop Sync
      2. Session Timer
    2. Free Localized Spell Check Dictionaries
    3. Writing Add-Ons
      1. Paid Add-Ons
      2. Full Screen Mode
      3. Plot View
      4. Performance Tracker
        1. Reports
        2. Settings
    4. Sketch Images
    5. Learning Series
    6. Summary
  21. 17. The Celtx Community
    1. Celtx Forums
    2. Celtx Blog
    3. Celtx on Facebook and Twitter
    4. Celtx Wiki
    5. Third-Party Community Resources
    6. You Are Part of the Celtx Community
    7. Summary
  22. A. Understanding Script Formats
    1. Master Scene (Screenplay) Format
    2. Left-Justified Elements
    3. Indented Elements
    4. How Master Scene Format Elements Help in Pre-Production
    5. A/V Script Format
      1. Video Elements
      2. Audio Elements
      3. Two-Column Layout
      4. How A/V Format Elements Help in Pre-Production
    6. Stageplay Format
      1. Key Elements
      2. How Stageplay Elements Help in Pre-Production
    7. Audio Play Format
      1. Key Elements
      2. How Audio Play Elements Help in Pre-Production
    8. Comic Book Format
      1. Key Elements
      2. How Comic Book Elements Help in Pre-Production
  23. B. Script Template Typeset/PDF Format Options
    1. Master Scene (Screenplay) Format Options
      1. General
      2. Mores and Continueds
    2. A/V Script Format Options
      1. General
      2. Script Header
    3. Stageplay Format Options
      1. General
      2. Mores and Continueds
    4. Audio Play Format Options
      1. General
      2. BBC Options
    5. Comic Book Format Options
  24. C. Breakdown Item Data Fields
    1. Actor
    2. Additional Labour
    3. Animal Handler
    4. Animals
    5. Camera
    6. CGI
    7. Character
    8. Construction
    9. Crew
    10. Electrics
    11. Extras
    12. Greenery
    13. Hair
    14. Lights
    15. Livestock
    16. Location
    17. Makeup
    18. Mechanical FX
    19. Miscellaneous
    20. Music
    21. Optical FX
    22. Painting
    23. Production Notes
    24. Props
    25. Scene Details
    26. Security
    27. Set
    28. Set Dressing
    29. Sound
    30. Sound FX
    31. Special Equipment
    32. Special FX
    33. Stunts
    34. Vehicles
    35. Wardrobe
    36. Weapons
  25. D. Menu Bars and Icon Toolbar
    1. File
    2. Edit
    3. View
    4. Script
    5. Tools
    6. Help
  26. E. Keyboard Shortcuts
    1. Script Template Element Select Shortcuts
    2. General Editing Keyboard Shortcuts
  27. F. Setting Up Linux for Celtx Studios and Celtx Add-Ons
  28. Glossary