Writing scripts for movies, television episodes, and stage plays has never been as easy. Final Draft is an easy-to-use package that combines the power of the word processor with professional scriptwriting tools. You don’t have to learn about the industry standard script formatting, as Final Draft automatically paginates and formats the script as per the standards. You do what you are best suited for, while Final Draft does what it is best suited for. You can change the font, style, size, alignment as per your choice (see Image 1).
The most prominent feature of Final Draft is Set Element, which helps you write the script as per the industry standard (see Image 3). This feature is available in the form of small window with pop-up menu from the Script toolbar (see Image 4).The option of Scene Heading in this pop-up menu enables you to write the heading of the scene. The Action option enables you to write the action in proper format.
The Character option enables you to write the name of the character as per the standards, while with the Dialogue option you can write the script's dialogue. If you wish to write something in parentheses, select the option Paranthetical. You can make use of the Transition option to move to the next scene. The beautiful thing about these options is that you don’t have to go to the top of the window all the time to select an option. Every time you move to a new paragraph, a small pop-up window containing all of these options opens in the body of a main window, and from here you can select any option (see Image 5).
As you write the names of the characters, the software remembers them. When you type the first few characters of these names, the Smart Type pop-up window opens with the matching names (see Image 6). You can select the name of your choice from here without having to type it again and again. As you type your script, the page number is inserted automatically. If while writing the script you want to make a note, you can select the option of New ScriptNote. This enables to you write a note at any point in the script that will not be printed in the hard copy (see Image 7).
If you have to move to certain scenes or characters or any other location of the script again and again, you can bookmark it (see Image 8). One of the very interesting tools of Final Draft 7 is the ability to assign voices to various characters. With this you can assign voices of different sexes (see Image 9) and pitches (see Image 10) to your characters and listen to them (see Image 11) as if your characters are performing on the screen or on the stage. The View menu enables you to view your script in various ways (see Image 12).
The script can be saved in different formats, such as FDR, RTF, TXT, PDF, etc. If you have the script written in another word processor, like MS Word, you can readily import it to Final Draft without having to type it again. You can open the Final Draft files in the Final Draft AV version, which enables you write the scripts in an easy manner. You can create reports of the script as per the scene, location, character, and others (see Image 13). With CollaboWriter, you can share your script with other Final Draft owners on the Internet in the real-time manner and make changes. If you need a proper name for your character, there is a database of names (see Image 14). Final Draft comes with additional application named “Ask the Expert." It carries guidance, tips, and insights from the experts (see Image 15). There are also a number of templates to help you create the scripts (see Image 16).