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Ben Yennie: Our Top 5 Indiefilm Screenwriting Softwares

There’s a lot of stuff ProductionNext does.  Film Budgeting, Film Scheduling, Callsheet Generation, Automated Script Breakdown, Collaborative Task Management, Shotlisting software, and a whole lot more.  But one thing we don’t do is scriptwriting.  Luckily, there are a lot of other people who do.  Here are some of our favorites.  

1.  Final Draft

Our absolute favorite scriptwriting software is Final Draft.  It’s widely used throughout the industry, and it’s price point is pretty low.  The biggest reason we like it is that we can import it directly to our software, and give you a stripboard populated with scenes, speaking roles, page eighths, time of day, and location.

We can do the same thing with a PDF, but it works better when we do it from a final draft file.  Luckily, most of these other formats allow you to export a final draft file.  

2.  Movie Magic

Movie Magic isn’t just budgeting and scheduling.  They also have a screenwriter.  While it’s largely fallen out of fashion in recent years, it still offers a strong screenwriting software at a competitive price.  That being said, we still prefer Final Draft.

3.  WriterDuet

We love writer duet primarily because it’s completely FREE screenwriting software that offers some great collaborative features for independent filmmakers who don’t always have the time to meet up with their writing partners.  

We know the world of independent film production is a busy one, which is part of the reason that ProductionNext is such a collaborative platform for independent film project management.  We’re just glad to see that others share the same mindset and recognize the need for collaboration.  It’s even better that they don’t do any of what we do.  

4.  Celtx

Celtx was the original free screenwriter, and their market penetration is impressive.  They’ve been downloaded more than 3 million times!  However, we take some issue with the way they manage permissions, and the way they handle intellectual property in their marketplace.  

Also, full disclosure: their studio product is a direct competitor to ProductionNext.  We happen to think we handle independent film project management in a much more cohesive, logical, and user friendly way than they do.  We also think we handle the overall permission system in a more logical and thought out way.  

All of that being said, their screenwriting application is far superior to ours.  Especially since we don’t actually have one.  

5.  Adobe Story

Finally, we come to Adobe story.  I’ve not actually used this bit of software put out by Adobe, but I generally enjoy their other products.  Last I saw a demo, they were experimenting with some very minor project management tools  It would be interesting to see how those have progressed over time.  

In any case, all of my screenwriter friends have a deep appreciation for Adobe Story.  It’s probably worth checking out.  Also, they have a free trial that’s open for anyone to use when you try out the Adobe Creative Cloud. 

Thanks for reading!  Once you’re past the stage of writing your script, you should come back to ProductionNext to produce it.  It’s a completely collaborative independent film project management platform.  It helps you keep all your team members on the same page at any stage of production.  So when you need to budget your film, schedule your film, generate callsheets and send them to your crew with just a few clicks, you need look no further than ProductionNext.  

Also, we have some fantastic community features that can help you find all of the filmmaking equipment you need to find, as well as help you to find crew, get your questions answered, and so much more.  Check it out using the banner below, and see you next week!


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