With two iPhone apps, you can go from a printed screenplay to one customized for your phone in Weekend Read.
The Mac turned 30 today, unleashing a wave of nostalgia for people’s first Macs. Mine was the original Mac SE with a 20MB hard drive.
Finally, a Tumblr documenting and discussing all those scrolling shots of code on computer screens in movies and television. I love when directors and production designers take the time to get this right. And look! Here’s some vintage Prince of Persia.
Editorial is one of the slickest text editors for the iPad, and thanks to some clever Python scripting, it can now show previews of Fountain scripts.
Screenwriters often find themselves with PDF of a screenplay when they actually need a Final Draft (.fdx) file that they can edit. Here are three ways to convert from PDF to fdx, ranging from painful to sublime.
For an upcoming project, I’m looking to hire a puppet designer. Since I’ve often had great luck finding talented folk among my readership, I thought I’d put out the call. You might be the right person, or know the right person.
Through Friday, November 15th, we’ll be taking orders for a new batch of shirts. They’ll ship starting December 2nd, in time for the holidays. Like last time, we’ll only print what people order, so if you want a shirt, you need to order now.
Many listeners have asked how Craig and I record our weekly podcast, so here’s a quick rundown of our standard operating procedure.
An upcoming project at Quote-Unquote Apps involves heavy use of Dropbox, so we’ve been experimenting with their developer API. Today, we added “Save to Dropbox” for all the scripts in the Library.
Often, the best backup strategy is giving it away.
Last night, my iPhone suddenly insisted that it needed to be activated, but then refused to be activated. Here’s how I finally got it working.
There’s no one “right” camera. The best camera for making a movie is the one that works for your style, story and budget.
Several followers wrote back about my password-site suggestion, asking some variation of “why would you willingly type your password into a website for no reason?” Subtext: “You idiot.”
My 2006 Mac Pro couldn’t be upgraded to Mountain Lion, so I needed to get a new computer. I ended up with Ryan’s old MacBook Pro, which has worked out mostly well.
My main computer is a Mac Pro tower, hooked up to a 30″ Apple monitor. From the outside, the machine looks exactly like one you could buy in the Apple Store today, but it’s actually six years old. And I face a choice about what to get next.
Ben Godar uses Highland to read screenplays on his Kindle by converting PDFs.
Nima Yousefi has released an optimized code base for Fountain that’s ten times faster.
Currently, there’s no way for us to do volume licensing through the Mac App Store. At first glance, that seems to be no big deal, since Mac apps (unlike iOS apps) don’t have to be installed through official channels. But that means we have to figure out our own way to handle serial numbers and updates, and possibly maintain multiple versions of the app.
Give Horace Deidu a bunch of Hollywood data and he’ll make some great charts that test your hunches.
A reader writes in with a clever workflow for opening old .fdr files without the full version of Final Draft. But it’s a laborious pain in the ass.
Fountain lets you write screenplays in any text editor on any device, from computers to iPads to smartphones. It’s as simple as we could make it, which is what makes it so useful.
All movies exist in unreal time, not because of cuts and gimmickry, but because the experience of watching a movie involves surrendering to that film’s reality. We go into dream mode, especially when watching something on a giant screen in a dark theater.
Our new Mac app, Bronson Watermarker, does exactly one thing: watermark PDFs. There are other apps that let you do that (including Adobe Acrobat), but none of them are particularly good. They make simple jobs complicated, and they cost a lot more.
Witney Seibold has an extremely useful explanation of what a projectionist does, and why filmmakers should care.
I helped make a new iPhone game that’s in the App Store starting today. It’s the most absurdly over-produced version of Rock, Paper, Scissors you’ll ever see. Until the feature.