Final Draft Expands Into Full Pre Production App

With the 11th version of Final Draft, the number one screenwriting program has evolved beyond merely writing “INT” and “EXT” and everything in between, and is now expanding towards becoming a full on post production app, which gives the writer the ability to further develop their characters and tell their stories as never before, and hand the script off seamlessly to breaking down in pre production, casting, and beyond.

“Final Draft has been the industry standard screenwriting application for more than a quarter-century, but we still continually strive to make a great product even better,” said Scott McMenamin, President of Final Draft. “Final Draft 11 sets a new standard for the field as a tool that can be of enormous value not only to film and TV writers but also to writers of stage plays, comics, graphic novels, video games, and immersive storytelling.”

With a quiver of new story telling tools, Final Draft 11 makes it easier than ever to not only write your screenplay, but get it broken down for budget and pre-production. Chief of these new tools is especially ideal for today’s on the go screenwriter – a speech to script dictation mode (currently for the Mac only), which leverages Apple’s built in dictation function to help writers get their story down on the page straight from their head. “I just wrote a scene without touching the keyboard,” writes Ride Along screenwriter Greg Coolidge. “Final Draft 11 is slick, and just keeps getting better.”

This dictation feature joins an improved Beat Board, which enables the writer to insert images to further visualize their ideas. These images will also be beneficial to better pitch your ideas to the director, production designers, and even executives so that they can better understand the environment the story is in.

Final Draft has also added textualization tools for customizing your text, color code a beat, and drag and drop information between the script and beat board without impacting the script’s overall format. The idea here is to make collaboration seamless, while organizing all the ideas that will flow fast and furious within a brainstorming session with collaborators.

The Story Map utility works as a timeline, giving users the ability to write to the story beat, and organize the story structure to keep your script flowing as it should. Think of it as a bird’s eye view of the story, as your figuring out each story beat before diving into the details of the story narrative itself. There’s also a night mode to make it easier on the eyes during those late night screenwriting sessions.

But perhaps the one feature I really like is the ability to write alternative dialog, so you can try out different lines to carve out the greatest impact in a scene.

Lastly. Final Draft has added a new tagging feature also makes easier to label and track story elements, scenes, characters, locations, and props, so that when you’re ready to hand the story off to a line producer or location manager, the script breakdown is practically already done for them.

All in all, version 11 of Final Draft will not only give the screenwriter the ability to think out his story, but to also look towards the production as well.

Final Draft 11 is available at 30% off it’s original $249.99 price, so you can buy it for a special release price of $170. To upgrade, it’s $100 less.

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Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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