Putting the Script in Script-to-Screen!
Compiled by CUFP President Clea Litewka
1) Get Yourself some Scriptwriting Software
Don’t even try formatting your screenplay on Word. You’ll never get it just right…and you really don’t need to when there are screenwriting programs that do the job for you!
Celtx → Free
Final Draft → Definitely Not Free
2. Watch all you can, but don’t forget to Read Scripts!
There are a ton of transcripts on this site–you don’t want those. Try the original scripts for shows like Desperate Housewives, The Office, Lost, and Pushing Daisies instead.
The Writers Store
Honestly, the most amazing screenwriting resource in the world…
Amazon’s Screenwriting Section
Look for Newmarket’s wonderful Shooting Script Series for titles like American Beauty, Juno, The Shawshank Redemption, Gosford Park, Snatch, and more.
Looking for a particular script that isn’t published? Ebay has thousands of originals and reproductions. This is an especially good resource for those who want to read TV scripts.
Bookcity Script Shop
Thousands of film and TV scripts.
3. Join the Screenwriting Community!
Run by the owners of Final Draft, this great magazine features how-to and questions articles, interviews with famous screenwriters, breakdowns of new release scripts, and more.
4. Get to Know the Industry
Read the trade mags! It’s the best way to find out what kind of scripts are selling, and what scripts aren’t.
Nikki Finke on Deadline
Hollywood’s most reviled trade blogger.
5. Take Classes!
In New York City:
Non-film majors should look for Edward Pomerantz and Loren-Paul Caplin’s “Filmwriting for Non-Film Majors” Workshops.
Gotham Writers’ Workshop
Gotham offers a significant discount on Final Draft to those who enroll in Screenwriting or Television Classes. Plus, if paying for classes isn’t your style, Gotham offers free classes open to the public at the beginning of each class session.
Look through publications like Script Magazine for advertisements about upcoming Master Classes.
Gotham Writers’ Workshop (again)
UCLA Extension is known for its great writing classes, plus, their Writers’ Program is especially known for their sense of community and support. There are classes on UCLA’s campus as well, if you ever find yourself in sunny LA.
6. Write your Script!
7. Get Your Script Read!
The best way to know if your dialogue words is to hear it out loud! Invite your friends over for a reading, and remember to take notes as you listen.
8. Get feedback!
Ask your friends for feedback, or ask CUFP! We are more than happy to give feedback on scripts at any stage in your writing. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting.