Home

Go Back   IndieTalk - Indie Film Forum > Tools of the Trade > Computers/Software

View Poll Results: Choose your software
Movie Magic Screenwriter 1 14.29%
EP Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling 2 28.57%
Final Draft 1 14.29%
Gorilla Budgeting & Scheduling 0 0%
Slugline 0 0%
Microsoft Word 1 14.29%
Movie Draft 0 0%
Adobe Story Free 1 14.29%
Fade In 1 14.29%
Celtx 3 42.86%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 7. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-31-2016, 02:37 AM   #1
Thomas Luca
Basic Member
 
Thomas Luca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 29
Writing and Budgeting and Scheduling, Oh My!

Which writing, budgeting, scheduling production software from this list is most recommended, used and why? Now, I have my personal favorites butů I'd still like to hear your side of the story. Please participate?

Movie Magic Screenwriter - http://www.write-bros.com/movie-magic-screenwriter.html

EP Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling - https://www.ep.com/products/

Final Draft - http://www.finaldraft.com/

Gorilla Budgeting & Scheduling - http://www.junglesoftware.com/home/index.php

Slugline - http://slugline.co/basics/

Microsoft Word -

Movie Draft - http://www.moviedraft.com/us/

Adobe Story Free - http://story.adobe.com/

Fade In - http://www.fadeinpro.com/

Celtx (FREE) - https://www.celtx.com/features.html
Thomas Luca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Today   #1A
film guy
Basic Member
 
Posts: 17

 
Old 01-31-2016, 07:46 AM   #2
El Director
Basic Member
 
El Director's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Spokane Valley, WA
Posts: 421
I know people still like pushing Celtx, heck I used to push it too. That was five years ago though and lately it's become so bloated it's annoying. Final Draft has been buggy and way overpriced. If you want free, and are on Windows or Linux, Trelby is pretty good, though it hasn't been developed in a while. Personally, I use FadeIn. It's actively developed, free updates, and works on win/mac/linux. It's not bloated with features, or overly busy, just a nice solid screenwriter.

For planning the film, I use MovieMagic Schedule and Budget. They just work, everytime, without issue.

I have tried practically every solution on the list, and even some that aren't and for me, this is what I found is best.
El Director is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2016, 06:49 PM   #3
cameronchapman
Basic Member
 
cameronchapman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: New England
Posts: 787
For writing drafts, I use Google Docs and John August's Fountain syntax. Makes it easy to write from wherever. And I have current drafts synced for offline use so I can work whether my internet is working or not.

For breakdowns and scheduling, I've been using Celtx. Although I'm also a fan of just doing things the old fashioned way, and just color-coding my script and then budgeting in a spreadsheet. Then again, when you're dealing with a 10-page short, that's not very difficult.

I think for the feature I'm about to put into pre-production, I'll use something a bit more powerful.
cameronchapman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2016, 03:48 PM   #4
Thomas Luca
Basic Member
 
Thomas Luca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 29
Hi El D, Thanks for the input and participating. Your opinion is appreciated not only for my benefit but for the community as a whole. Pleasure meeting you here.
Thomas Luca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2016, 04:01 PM   #5
Thomas Luca
Basic Member
 
Thomas Luca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 29
Hi cameron, Pleasure meeting you and Thank you for your input. I love meeting new people especially fellow filmmakers and enthusiasts. I'm not a real fan of working online for the main reason of confidentiality but to each his/her own. I too have been called old fashion for doing things the tried and true way. As for my workflow? I've honed it over the years. I use Final Draft to write the script and its companion program, Tagger, to import it, lock it and then break it down. Next, I export the script file so it can be imported into Movie Magic's EP Scheduling and Budgeting software. Then I save and backup the original file for archival purposes and make just one file copy to send to the producer or line producer so they can print out or make copies to distribute them to all departments or everyone involved like the crew, above-the-line and below-the-line. Or we can save money by emailing everyone the shooting script on their laptop, smartphone or tablet as a PDF file or other digital file format. Sometimes I use Movie Magic Screenwriter too and I've been wanting to try out Slugline.

Last edited by Thomas Luca; 02-01-2016 at 04:03 PM.
Thomas Luca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2016, 03:49 PM   #6
chrisColorado
Basic Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Centennial, CO, USA
Posts: 18
I'm a solid Celtx fan, but I use a really old version (2.9.7) that's actually on my computer as a software program, not some online thing.

The way it's changed now, I wouldn't use it. The current version appeals to a completely different user base. I'm lucky I got into writing a while ago.
chrisColorado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2016, 10:55 PM   #7
Thomas Luca
Basic Member
 
Thomas Luca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: New Jersey, USA
Posts: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisColorado View Post
I'm a solid Celtx fan, but I use a really old version (2.9.7) that's actually on my computer as a software program, not some online thing.

The way it's changed now, I wouldn't use it. The current version appeals to a completely different user base. I'm lucky I got into writing a while ago.
Thanks for your input chris and a pleasure to meet you.
Thomas Luca is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
budgeting, production, scheduling, software, writing


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.


©IndieTalk