Ideas often come when we’re out on-the-go, and for screenwriters, these ideas can make or break the future success of a piece of work. Luckily, with Screenplay by Black Mana Studios, film and television hobbyists and professionals can now work on scripts right from their iPhone or iPod Touch.
Whether you’re en route to your next destination, or relaxing in bed after a long day, Screenplay is the first fully-functional mobile screenwriting app that allows users to write complete movie and TV screenplays with great ease and clarity. Work on a single scene or the entire script – either way, Screenplay automatically formats your script correctly, leaving all that extra time free for brainstorming and writing.
As the official technology partner of Final Draft Inc., Black Mana Studios presents an app that allows users to import and export FDX files to and from industry-standard Final Draft 8 so writers can stay on the same page with their work, with standard screenplay formatting both on and off screen.
Upon startup, the home screen shows a list of already existing screenplays, assuming you have already begun or imported documents prior. To start a new script, users must use the simple navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. Tap ‘New Script’ in the bottom left hand corner and give your work a title. Save, then tap on the title to begin creating scenes. When setting the scene, Screenplay will prompt you to choose an interior or exterior setting, a location name and the time of day. Conveniently, all one has to do is type ‘D’ for day or ‘N’ for night and said words will auto-fill in the space.
Screenplay’s slider, which navigates the scene while writing and editing, is an ingenious tool that keeps formatting clean and writing a breeze. When users move the slider’s dotted line between elements of the script, users can insert any of the six available screenwriting elements: action, character, transition, dialog, parenthetical and new scene. Placing the slider on top of a given element will allow users to edit, delete or change the style of their selection.
The character button is also a gem because it makes compiling a cast neat and organized and removes the tedium of having to retype the same names repeatedly into the document. Simply tap the ‘+’ button to add a new character, then tap their name once it has been entered. Their name will automatically be placed into the script, at which point users can then add dialog. The greatest perk is that, if the writer decides upon a name change while the work is in progress, they need only change the name once in the list for the name change to appear throughout the entire piece.
Tapping the reading mode button in the top right corner of the screen will take you out of editing mode and allow you to view each scene together as you would in an actual script. Also, users of Screenplay can register for their own free online storage account directly through the app, which allows users the ease of importing FDX and formatted TXT files from said account or a URL.
Screenplay requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch.