Resources

Below you will find even more Resources to help you with your screenwriting.

Screenplay Analysts and Consultants:

Don't even think of sending out your finished screenplay until you have had it analyzed by a professional!

Scriptgal.com: Pros and amateurs alike sing Amanda's (aka ScriptGal's) praises. With fifteen years of inside Hollywood development experience, Amanda offers thoughtful and professional analysis at extremely affordable rates.

ScriptXPert: This is a service offered by the makers of Final Draft, and probably one of the most popular script coverage experts in the industry.

Great Screenplay Websites:

Here are some of the best websites on the net for industry-related news. Some you have to pay for memberships, but others offer information free of charge

Talentville: This website was founded by Ben Cahan, the creator of Final Draft. Easily one of the best sites around for reading screenplays and having your screenplays read, as well as finding great articles written by screenplay gurus such as David Trottier.

Done Deal Pro: One of the best sites on the web! Your subscription helps you to access agents, lawyers, managers, production companies and more. You can also see what types of screenplays are selling for film and TV production.

Inktip: Here you might find connections to producers and other entertainment professionals.

Movie Bytes: Great place for Screenplay Contests news.

It's Film: Find updated news and other resources for filmmakers and screenwriters, as well as contests information.

Screenplay Classes & Seminars:

KeepWriting.com - Classes taught by the one and only David Trottier!

McKeeStory.com - Classes taught by the GREAT Robert McKee.

WriteYourScreenplay.com - Classes taught by Jacob Krueger

Formatting Software:

Final Draft - This is THE industry standard! Use your creative energy to focus on the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling word processor specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics and stage plays.

Movie Magic: Fast on the heels of Final Draft, this product is growing in popularity. Many screenwriters prefer it.

Trelby - FREE SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE! This software is fairly new and I've given it a test run. I REALLY like it! Plus it is open source and the makers of the program are always looking for people to help them develop it further. Plus IT'S FREE! Oh yeah, I mentioned that already.

Story Development Software:

Save the Cat! Software - Structure your screenplay the Save the Cat! way as you develop a log line, choose a genre, fill in your beat sheet, work with moveable cards on "The Board," and enjoy tips and a tutorial from Blake — along with the beat sheet and Board for Spider-Man 2, and much more!

Dramatica Pro - Dramatica is both a series of software products for writers and a relatively unique perspective of how stories work. This site is the home of hundreds of pages of materials and tools for anyone interested in creating, critiquing, analyzing, writing, or otherwise working with stories.

Power Structure - Power Structure helps you shape your good ideas into a great novel, screenplay, or stage play.

Screenplay Writing Books:

Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder
Story by Robert McKee
Screenplay by Syd Field
Screenwriting 434 by Lew Hunter
Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc by Dara Marks
Crafty Screenwriting by Alex Epstein

Screenplay Formatting Books (some go beyond just formatting):

The Hollywood Standard by Christopher Riley
The Complete Guide to Standard Script Formats by Hillis R. Cole, Jr. and Judith H. Haag
The Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier
Dr. Format Answers Your Questions by David Trottier
Screenplay: Writing the Picture by Robin U. Russin and William Missouri Downs

Reference Books Every Screenwriter Should Own:

100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky (Great for finding that perfect character name.)
The Synonym Finder by J. I. Rodale (Better than Roget's, in my opinion.)
The Describer's Dictionary by David Grambs (For when what you are trying to say is on the tip of your tongue.)
Visual Dictionary from Merriam-Webster (Gives names for various parts and pieces of just about anything.)
Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers by Lee Lofland
Howdunit Forensics by D. P. Lyle
Body Trauma: A Writer's Guide to Wounds and Injuries by David W. Page
The Writer's Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior by Carolyn Kaufman

Great Screenwriting Forums & Discussion Boards:

A great way to learn the craft of screenwriting is by conversing with others who are also trying to learn the craft. By joining a screenwriting discussion group, you can meet people of all levels of screenwriting who are willing to share what they've learned. Below are some of the best such discussion boards.

www.donedealpro.com
www.simplyscripts.net
www.talentville.com

Great Websites for Reading Screenplays:

Below are a few of the MANY websites where you can read screenplays. Reading screenplays (and I mean TONS of screenplays) if the best way to learn screenplay writing. When possible, you want to try and read as many non-produced screenplays as possible. Why? Because many produced screenplays will be shooting scripts rather than spec scripts, which means they may have been formatted very differently. Talentville is a great place to read screenplays by the arm loads written by amateur, non-produced spec writers.

www.talentville.com
www.script-o-rama.com
www.imsdb.com
www.simplyscripts.net

Great Screenwriting Blogs:

Below is a GREAT screenwriting blog. Let me know if you know of any others that should be here.

The Working Screenwriter 2 authored by Jim Vines
John August
Crafty Screenwriting authored by Alex Epstein
Marilyn Horowitz - This NYU Screenwriting Professor really knows how to help you understand character development.