Open Screenplay Format

February 12th, 2012 | by | screenwriting


There were a couple of discussions about Fountain here and there in the last few days, and one thing that came up was how a plain-text format screenplay was futureproof and therefore safer for long-term storage than a proprietary binary format.

That’s the reason that Fade In uses Open Screenplay Format.

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February 8th, 2012 | by | screenwriting


A couple of years ago, screenwriter John August came up with an easy, straightforward way to incorporate script excerpts into web pages and blogs and forum posts. With a little simple formatting, plain text would be automatically formatted to look like a screenplay. John called it Scrippets.

I thought that was a cool idea, so I put support for it in Fade In.

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Notes on Screenplay Markdown

August 13th, 2011 | by | screenwriting


(Or, rather, Some Longish and Somewhat Technical Notes on Screenplay Markdown.)

Stu Maschwitz recently wrote about using Markdown syntax for screenplay formatting. Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for writing for the web, originally designed by John Gruber a few years back and now not uncommon as a formatting aid in online forums and other software.

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Mobile screenwriting

July 10th, 2011 | by | screenwriting


I’ve spent the last couple of months, in between working on new film projects, on getting the mobile version of Fade In ready for release — mainly working around different platform behaviours and toolkit shortcomings.

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The lack of alternatives

February 8th, 2011 | by | screenwriting


When a screenwriter decides, even tentatively, that it’s time to part ways with Final Draft, of course the next thing is to try to find a piece of screenwriting software to replace it.

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