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Old June 11 2014, 02:14 AM   #211
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Do you have a "submission guidelines" doc or letter?
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Old June 11 2014, 02:15 AM   #212
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EDIT: Ninja'd by Maurice.

Potemkin_Prod: Are you guys using Final Draft to write your scripts?

If so, you can build a script template in Final Draft 8 and distribute it to your writers to use when they actually write their scripts. That's what we've done on every show I've ever worked on (including my current job). It likely would help to limit the kinds of formatting problems you mention.
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Old June 11 2014, 02:19 AM   #213
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Assuming these people will pay for Final Draft
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Old June 11 2014, 03:48 AM   #214
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Do you have a "submission guidelines" doc or letter?
Yes: http://www.projectpotemkin.com/index.php?id=15
And: http://www.projectpotemkin.com/asset...ries_bible.htm

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Potemkin_Prod: Are you guys using Final Draft to write your scripts?
No, we're using the current version of word. Setting up studio formatting isn't hard.

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Assuming these people will pay for Final Draft
I can do a lot more in terms of costumes, set repair and construction, and props with $250. We are the zero budget fan film production.
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Old June 11 2014, 03:59 AM   #215
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Are you guys using Final Draft to write your scripts?
No, we're using the current version of word. Setting up studio formatting isn't hard.
If you haven't already, you could save a .DOT template that prospective contributors could use.

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I can do a lot more in terms of costumes, set repair and construction, and props with $250. We are the zero budget fan film production.
I meant prospective scenarists.

Boy, that software's gotten a LOT more expensive since I first bought it.
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Old June 11 2014, 04:39 AM   #216
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Ah well that makes complete sense. I didn't mean to impugn, just pointing out a very useful feature.

Believe me, when I started writing my own Star Trek scripts for myself back in high school, nobody was prouder than I about how well I was able to mimic script format in PFS Window Works and then later, Microsoft Word.
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Old June 11 2014, 04:49 AM   #217
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My first script was written on an Olivetti (either a Lexikon or Graphika)... manual typewriter. It had a weird font pitch though.
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Old June 11 2014, 04:56 AM   #218
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I bet revisions were a nightmare.
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Old June 11 2014, 05:25 AM   #219
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My first script was written on an Olivetti (either a Lexikon or Graphika)... manual typewriter. It had a weird font pitch though.
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I bet revisions were a nightmare.
I was 13. LOL.

I actually did write a science fiction novel on a typewriter, at least five drafts. 600 pages (double spaced) a pop!
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Old June 11 2014, 05:45 AM   #220
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Color me impressed!

I had a fan film idea for while that I really liked, set in the TNG era that wound up just being one or tow short stories. I honestly can't say what happened to them though ... I've got some 3/4" disc drives around here somwhere with those old files. Maybe once I get on hiatus I'll unearth them and see if they're worth sharing, if only for nostalgia's sake.
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Old June 11 2014, 08:42 AM   #221
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Maurice, you seem to be one interesting person. Let us know when you start a new project and if you go to Kickstarter, I'd be happy to contribute.
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Old June 11 2014, 11:27 AM   #222
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For folks that don't want to pay for Final Draft, there's always Celtx.

https://www.celtx.com/index.html

Personally, I prefer Final Draft (imperfect though it is). But Celtx is certainly good enough for zero budget productions.
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Old June 11 2014, 10:03 PM   #223
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Maurice, you seem to be one interesting person. Let us know when you start a new project and if you go to Kickstarter, I'd be happy to contribute.
Thank you very much.

In fact, some colleagues and I are discussing a short (say 30 minutes) film project which we might go the IndieGogo route to fund. It would not be a fanfilm though, as such we'd use only trained/pro actors in it just to make sure we get the best possible results. We're looking into how to shoot it to make it have a lot of verisimilitude both visually and narratively. Oh, yeah, and no greenscreen. Not. One. Shot.


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For folks that don't want to pay for Final Draft, there's always Celtx.

https://www.celtx.com/index.html

Personally, I prefer Final Draft (imperfect though it is). But Celtx is certainly good enough for zero budget productions.
You beat me to the punch with that suggestion. I've never used Celtx myself, but I know people who do, and it seems like a perfectly good solution.
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Old June 12 2014, 12:18 AM   #224
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Were we to start over from the beginning, then I'd consider Celtx. That being said, we've paid for Word and generally have no problem with folks that do. The last submission was in Notepad, and that was a bear.
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Old June 12 2014, 06:27 AM   #225
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I bought Final Draft not knowing about Celtx. Everyone I meet here (I'm posting from Asia) seems to use Celtx. Randy, you should have a look at it since it is free.
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