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Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 05-09-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Question about WriterSolo

Always stick with what you are happy with!

I was actually a beta tester on Screenwriter 6. The people running development were really nice.
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 05-06-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Question about WriterSolo

I do not know what the deal is with Celtx these days. Many years ago it was free to use. I found it to be a very clumsy program.

Then Celtx adopted some kind of payment policy. Whether Celtx still...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 05-04-2020, 11:27 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,493
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Can I do anything with a high placement in a screenwriting competition?

If I wanted to change my sig line on the board, I would think about using this. :(
Forum: Basics 04-28-2020, 05:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 186
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Action we can see happening in another room

It depends on what you intend for us to see.

I am going to assume that you mean for us to be aware that we are in the kitchen as we see the character come along the hallway and enter the kitchen,...
Forum: Basics 04-23-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Formatting question - quick location changes

You do not ever need to use CONTINUOUS.

The TIME portion of a Master Scene Heading deals with general time of day (basically, two things: DAY or NIGHT) for production purposes.

If you use...
Forum: Basics 04-21-2020, 11:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 228
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Question about "establishing shots"

Excellent detailed answer by Will (Done Deal Pro).

I do not work in the film industry, but I have been a writer for a long time. I have never been an advocate of the view that the writer should let...
Forum: Basics 04-16-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Formatting question - quick location changes

Use two Scene Headings.

That is how you do it. It does not matter that one of the scenes is short. It is still a scene. When you see a Scene Heading, it means: This is a scene with at least one...
Forum: Basics 04-12-2020, 11:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 164
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Flashback with present day V.O. and present day actions formatting query

That is pretty easy to do.

Provide an Action line or two that show us that she has pulled out a memo.

If you want to show the memo, I would use something like:


CLOSE ON MEMO, which...
Forum: Basics 04-12-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 164
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Flashback with present day V.O. and present day actions formatting query

What you did works fine. Only because I like to see total clarity, I would like to see a couple of tweaks. See below.
Blue = add text.
Red = delete text.




EXT. LAS VEGAS STRIP - MORNING

A TAXI...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 04-10-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,537
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Reformatting from left-justified

I am sure that Kent Tessman, the programmer of Fade In (@fadeinsoftware on Twitter), would be delighted to hear that. :)

And now that you have written a screenplay, you are a veteran and you can...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 04-07-2020, 05:20 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,537
Posted By ComicBent
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 03-24-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 188
Posted By ComicBent
Neat software utility

Sometimes, as writers or readers, we need to know some units of measure that are not standard or at least are not common in our culture.

I want to bring to your attention a really neat utility,...
Forum: Basics 03-17-2020, 01:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 744
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Formatting with regards to location changes

You are not directing anything when you indicate a location within a scene.

However, I would stress to you that significant changes of location deserve their own master Scene Heading, not just a...
Forum: Basics 03-08-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 744
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Formatting with regards to location changes

I have a standard answer:

Do it however you would like.

Nobody will send the police to your house for some kind of format violation.

Happy writing! :)
Forum: Basics 03-07-2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 744
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Formatting with regards to location changes

Lisa, everything is fine with this through the sprint across the street. But once the man gets to the other side, you are really dealing with a different location and you will need a closer shot. You...
Forum: Basics 03-06-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 319
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Formatting questions relating to character names and descriptions

I agree with Will. Either option works.

But I would lobby strongly for the second option:
EMMA (O.S.)
What are you guys talking about?

They turn to see EMMA, 32, flushed with excitement, run...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 02-18-2020, 02:15 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,537
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Reformatting from left-justified

Thank you for giving us an update.

Far too often, people just disappear and we never know the end of the story.

:)
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 02-04-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 754
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Emacs with Fountain Mode

Yeah, I do a lot of that, too. :)

Except that I am writing a book, so I guess that counts as something.
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 01-28-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 754
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Emacs with Fountain Mode

Glad to hear that you are going to buy Fade In. You will not regret it. :)
Forum: Articles, Books, Blogs, Magazines, DVDs & Podcasts 01-23-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Posted By ComicBent
Bob Saenz's new book

I just finished reading That's Not the Way It Works, in which Bob Saenz recounts a lot of things that he has learned and experienced in the screenwriting business. Bob is a member of Done Deal Pro...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 01-14-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 426
Posted By ComicBent
Bullzip PDF creator

Periodically I have something to say about making PDF files.

I want to alert new members, and remind old members here, that PDF files are quirky because the people who make PDF drivers sometimes...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-29-2019, 04:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,156
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Possible Stolen Script

Done Deal Pro gave you the right advice. Get a lawyer.


Aside from that, my non-lawyer comment is that you really need a copy of the script that may have been derived from yours. I think that this...
Forum: Basics 11-23-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,412
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Character name in disguise

I just now read what John August had to say on the subject.

Here is my view on it.

People say, almost unanimously, to use the phony name to begin with, because most people regard the reader as a...
Forum: Sites, Services, Software, & Supplies 11-10-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 527
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Dropbox woes - solved

Mine is working fine.

But thanks for the heads up.
Forum: Screenwriting 11-09-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,061
Posted By ComicBent
Re: Opening scene

Any stock footage that you or anyone else uses needs to lead directly into something, hook into something, at the start of the script. Do not use stock footage as some way of saying "This takes place...
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