Script update is the ability to replace a project's script with a new version without losing all of the work you've done on breakdown, scheduling, budget, and other parts of the project planning process. Our members have been asking for this ability for a long time, and we're pleased to be able to provide it. Here's how it works:
- The Breakdown and Script tabs of your project now have an Update the project's script button at the top of the page. Click it, and provide us with the updated version of your script:
- We'll compare the contents of the new script to your existing project, and do our best to match the new scenes to the old scenes. We'll then provide a summary of what we found: Scenes where the script has changed in some way, scenes with a new title or location or such, scenes from the updated script that seem to be completely new, and scenes from the existing project that don't seem to be in the updated script. You can then confirm our analysis and accept the changes, back up and try a different script, or cancel the update process altogether.
- You should look at this analysis very carefully: Once you have accepted the changes, there is no way to return to the previous state of your project.
- If you accept the changes, we'll update your project accordingly. Your breakdown, cast and crew assignments, budget information, schedule, and locations will be preserved as much as we are able. Obviously, new and changed scenes will require some attention, and we'll point those scenes out to you.
A few closing notes:
- This is a first release. It has worked well during our testing, and we look forward to seeing how it works for you. Please let us know about your experiences, good or bad.
- The biggest problem you might encounter is that we may fail to match an existing scene to its new, updated version. This scene will still be included in the updated project, but you may have to redo the breakdown and other analyses of that scene.
- You will get much better results if your scripts are in Final Draft format, either from Final Draft itself or as an export from whatever screenwriting program you are using. We can handle PDFs, but the guesswork involved in interpreting a PDF introduces uncertainties that are not present in a Final Draft document.
- Again: Look at the update tool's analysis very carefully before accepting its changes. Currently, there is no way to return to the previous state of the project. We have some ideas about how to address this, but they remain for the future.