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John Truby is one of the few Robert McKees that are travelling the world teaching theories about screenplay anatomy and script universal structures. It is the Hollywood way of writing a script but there is a lot in Truby’s method to help any young screenwriter who is either stuck in story development hell or keen to benchmark his finished script and checking if it features all the key elements (Truby calls them beats) that belongs to the genre or the cross-genres story he wants to tell.

I’m sure the Nicolas Winding Refn action drama holds the potential to inspire many new filmmakers but we are not talking about the movie Drive but the Google Drive instead (formerly known as Google docs). e free cloud documents platform by Google allows to store and share text documents online but most importantly, it comes with a very clever comment system that a screenwriter can use to submit his script to a restrictive audience panel. Next step is have those people comment and start conversations about specific portions of the text. e author receives a notification each time a new comment is posted and he has the ability to answer and/or make text modifications on the fly. I found this free process way more useful than the usual .pdf file attached to an email starting with “could you tell me what you think about my script?” Remarks are targeted straight to the relevant points and can be resolved one by one. Easy!

John Truby's Write a Blockbuster (aka Blockbuster 6 or BB) is a screenplay development soware (only for desktop and laptop computers) that assists you in writing an anatomically correct story. It teaches you how invaluable your story concept is and reveals the ideal genres to convey and flesh out your story concept. You can develop your story method and overcome story challenges as they surface. e soware shows you how your characters stir up the emotions of your audience. You can assess your characters' needs and wants to cra distinctive and well-rounded fictional personas. You can then associate pieces of your story together with your characters beneath the story's surface. It features a “Rewrite” panel that displays the significant structural flaws of your story, and then walks you in and out of the ideal sequence for repairing and improving them. Truby’s soware is mostly targeting feature film authors but it is also open to TV serie writers and I personally know a few classy blended shorts that came out of this mixer.

CeLTx Final Draft might be the most frequent answer to the go-to screenwriting software question, but it’s just a writing tool when Celtx ( is a complete filmmaking suite from your first draft to your last shot. We are talking about an online workspace where you will be able to write a screenplay formatted to the industry standards, storyboard it, and draw camera and lighting setups right in your browser (using a clipart library), breakdown your script in categories such as props, cast, or locations, schedule your shooting period, prepare informative stripboards and call sheets for cast and crew and- last but not least - precisely budget your production using over 80 different conventional budget categories.

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World of Shorts - the Berlinale 2014 issue  

World of Shorts (WOSH), the magazine published by Daazo.

World of Shorts - the Berlinale 2014 issue  

World of Shorts (WOSH), the magazine published by Daazo.

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