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Ten Things You Need to Know About Copyright

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Picture this: you've spent the last two years writing a great script. You've shown it around a little but no one is interested. Two years later a film hits the big screen with a storyline eerily similar to yours.

It's a common fear of new writers.

It's also incredibly rare.

But it's a big enough fear that one of the more common questions we get is "how can Celtx help me protect my copyright?"

5 Things you Need to Know to Crush the Competition with #CrashTheSuperbowl

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Want to know the secret to winning $1,000,000 in 30 seconds?

The answer is in the preparation for that 30 seconds. That prep should take a lot longer. In fact, if you've already submitted your #CrashtheSuperbowl ad you probably didn't spend long enough on the prep.

As last year's winner said in our interview with him "I think the idea and the script are everything, so I spend a lot of time getting that right. "

So what should you be doing to prep? Well, you need an idea. But having an idea is not the same as having a good idea. Here are some tips to help you create a great idea

Introducing: SNIPPETS Share your Script on Social Media

Monday, 19 October 2015

You know that amazing line of dialogue you wrote halfway through the script: that line that wakes you up at night with it's pure perfection? Remember how you tried to tell your friends all about it, but they couldn't quite understand?

Or that time you couldn't quite figure out how to describe that setting? You weren't ready to have someone read your whole script, but you wanted them to read that one section so they could help.

Or do you just like to show off how brilliant you are?

Celtx has the answer for you!

We know you like sharing bits of your script; we've seen your awkward screenshots on twitter pics. And we wanted to help.

So we've created SNIPPETS

Snippets is THE social media sharing tool for visually dynamic script excerpts. And it's exclusive to Celtx. No other screenwriting software gives you this ability.

#CrashTheSuperbowl and win BIG

Monday, 12 October 2015

For the last nine years, DORITOS® has opened the door for fans to forever change their lives and take their careers straight to the top of the advertising and film games. Celebrate the final edition of Crash the Super Bowl with us by making an awesome DORITOS® ad and getting in on the action.

This year, the winner will win US$1,000,000 and the opportunity to work with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment (a.k.a. a hell of a career boost.)

As video planning partner of Doritos Crash the Superbowl Final Edition, we're providing an extended free trial for anyone wanting to use Celtx to plan their Doritos ad. It's included in the TOOLKIT Doritos is offering to interested entrants.

Are you going to enter? Stay tuned  in the coming weeks for tips and tricks on ad creation. Check out our Twitter and Facebook as well for more tips. And when you do enter, let us know by sharing your video with us!

Enter now at Submissions close on November 15, 2015.

Five Screenwriting Resources Recommended by Screenwriters

Friday, 9 October 2015

How do I write a script? What makes up a scene? How do I improve my dialogue?

Here at Celtx we want to support all writers, from beginners working on their first script to experienced producers running a shoot to advertising execs planning a video. So we'e created a list of resources to help.

While most of these are great introductions to screenwriting, experienced writers will also want to check them out:

1. Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
by Blake Snyder Get it on Amazon
There's a reason Amazon lists Snyder's as the #1 book in Screenwriting. Ask any screenwriter what resources they recommend and this one makes everyone's list. Snyder is a working writer who takes you through the entire process including pitches, loglines, and creating the perfect hook. While it may not be the best resource for writers looking to do something "different," Snyder's advice is perfect for the writer looking to create a blockbuster from their ideas.

2. Scripnotes Podcast by John August and Craig Mazin
Hear them all
If you haven't heard of John August or Craig Mazin than you haven't been watching films. What better resource than inviting two well-known and succesful screenwriters with directing and producing credits into your home each week? They'll discuss everything from the craft of screenwriting to the business of Hollywood as well as all aspects of pre-production. One of our favorites is episode 216: Rewrites and Scheduling.

3. Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing
by Richard Walter Get it on Amazon
Walter is the legendary chairman of UCLA's screenwriting program. His students have gone on to work with Speilberg, win Oscars, and work with major TV networks. If you can't take one of his courses, reading his book is the next best thing.  With humour and authority he reveals his 66 basic principles of screenwriting while delving into the psychology and commerce of a career in filmwriting.

4. BBC Writer's Room Scriptwriting Essentials
Visit the full series.

This series of videos from BBC is a 10 step introduction to the "the essentials of what we believe go in to making a good script." The series is not just for beginners, though:
Essential principles and problems remain important throughout a writer’s career – not just at the start of it. Because writing a good script is always hard. And losing sight of the essentials is much easier than you might think.
5. Academy Nicholl Fellowships Screenwriting Resources
See them all
If you want to write an award-winning film, you need to read award-winning films. The Academy Nicholl Fellowship is an international scriptwriting competition designed to identify talented new writers. You can read a selection of past winning scripts as well as view their formatting tips and general writing tips. Visit their recommended reading list for even more resouces. And while you're there, take a look at their script sample, from which Celtx designed their own screenplay format. It discusses all of those things you may not know already like how to show telephone conversations and moving scenes.

Of course, there are more resources than just these five. But these are a great place to start for a newcomer to screenwriting and great reminders of the process for veteran writers. Do you have any to add? Let us know here or on Twitter!