Friday, June 18, 2010
Screenplay Induced Madness
So I finished the polish of Earthkiller. I need to add two more bits of dialog before I call it done though.
I've sort of given up on Final Draft. I've been working in Celtx now, mostly because I end up working on so many different computers and if someone wants to do a re-write it's vastly easier for them to get the open-source Celtx than Final Draft (in whatever version of whatever operating system on whatever computer they may be using.) But Celtx does have some scary issues where it sometimes pretends it can't open a saved file. So far I've been able to close Celtx and open it back up and retrieve the file, but it is a tad frightening.
Stu posts that Final Draft is the standard in Hollywood because of its revision modes and how easily it imports into scheduling software. The revision management is actually pretty good (but we in the Pandora Machine never care about maintaining page numbers, I really only care about maintaining scene numbers).
But nobody actually imports Final Draft into scheduling software do they? I mean, not without significantly massaging the data. I haven't worked with outside AD's in a couple years now but back in '07 nobody could print call sheets from any scheduling software -- they just typed them up in Excel. And you certainly can't use the script to schedule automatically because the script is usually a lousy indicator of who is actually in the damn scene.
If you have a series of scenes cutting back-and-forth between, say, the heroine breaking into the glue factory with her alien android while the hero is tied up in the bad guy's office between the two goons (one of whom is the hero's best friend from elementary school) listening to the bad guy tell him how the world will be destroyed; you won't see the goons or the android in the schedule for most of those scenes. This is because only if someone talks do they get listed as being in the scene. So I don't know how anyone else does it but I just go through the screenplay page-by-page to see who is actually in which scene and put it in the schedule.
(So if you scroll down Stu's post you can see in his screenshot of Scrivener the beat-sheet of SAVE THE CAT SAVE THE CAT SAVE THE CAT!!!!) Apparently I'm insane.