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Why Highland 2 doesn’t automatically add CONT’D

In screenplays, when a character continues speaking after a line or two of action, the convention is to write (CONT’D) after their second character cue. But software shouldn’t do that automatically.

Craig Hates Dummies

John and Craig are back at it with another installment of How Would This Be a Movie? They consider the story of a competitive mass Tinder date, a retirement home for ventriloquist dummies and the McDonald’s Monopoly heist. We also revisit John’s WGA Corner for updates, follow up on the conflict within IATSE, and get […]

Highland 2.1 adds a lot of new functionality

Highland 2.1 packs a surprising number of changes into a point-one release, including new preferences for backup and international customization.

I’m on the App Store

This morning, Apple posted a profile of me and my software company. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, you can find it on the front page of the App Store.

From Indie to Action Comedy

John welcomes Susanna Fogel and David Iserson to talk about making their new movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me. They discuss the transition from TV and indie film to blockbuster, the collaboration involved in crafting a comic action sequence, and the fun of production overseas. Susanna and David explain the advantages of spec scripts (this […]

How (and why) to write a novel in Highland 2

Through the whole process of writing Arlo Finch, I’ve had to spend less than two weeks in Word, while I’ve spent more than two years in Highland 2. Using an app so tailored to my process is a pleasure.

Wait for It

John and Craig discuss suspense and its function in all genres, from thrillers to romcoms. They examine suspense of the known and of the unknown and the techniques available to construct it. We also answer listeners questions about registering scripts with the WGA, how to overcome creative paralysis and unconventional sluglines. Links: The WGA’s page […]

Don’t search with your eyes

When working of paper edits, I’ve found the fastest solution is to stop scrolling altogether and use the built-in search function.

Movies Dodged a Bullet

John and Craig speculate about why the film industry fared better in the transition to digital while the music industry struggled. We also follow up on the WGA elections, hearing John’s priorities as a new board member. Lured back into the intrigue of MoviePass, we discuss new information on this business model. Then it’s another […]

Separating scenes in Highland

A beta tester asked for the ability to split scenes into individual pages. That’s remarkably easy to do in Highland.

Less IMDb needs a new home

Less IMDb, our browser extension for making IMDb less cluttered and more useful, was the very first app we made.1 Here’s what I wrote back in 2010: They’ve made it more difficult to do the one thing I come to IMDb to do: look at credits. New sections for photos, videos and trivia (star signs!) […]

Bronson Watermarker gets a minor update

Bronson Watermarker, our app for quickly personalizing PDFs, has an update in the Mac App Store. Version 2.0.4 fixes a minor drawing bug.

Weekend Read can read scripts aloud

Weekend Read, our app for reading screenplays on the iPhone and iPad, can also read them aloud. Here’s how to do it.

My writing setup, 2016

In 2011, I wrote a post detailing my writing setup. Over the past five years several things have changed, so I thought I’d give it update.

Formatting a montage in Highland using Forced Action

Highland’s forced action syntax is a useful way to format unusual patterns in your screenplay.

Switching from Final Draft to Highland

The Other Sam Cooke writes about switching from Final Draft to Highland.

NDAs and other acronyms

Craig and John open the mailbag to answer questions on acronyms in dialogue, off-the-air specs and international WGA jurisdiction. Plus we look at the growing trend of non-disclosure agreements on studio projects, and whether the nature of film requires less complex characters.

Weekend Read gains new features, fixes an annoying bug

Weekend Read 1.5.4 adds optional push notifications for new scripts in the For Your Consideration section. It also fixes a really annoying bug where the app might insist that your library was full when it wasn’t.

Featured Friday: Before they were filmed

Every Friday this summer, we’re featuring exclusive scripts in Weekend Read. This weekend’s scripts include early drafts of The Spectacular Now, Erin Brockovich and an unproduced Black List script.

Responding to App Store reviews

Leaving a review in the App Store helps pay it forward, letting potential buyers know that an app has fans. Here are the four most recent Highland reviews: three raves, and one disappointed user.

Weekend Read: Featured Fridays

Every Friday this summer, we’ll be featuring exclusive scripts in Weekend Read. This weekend’s scripts include National Treasure, I Fucked James Bond, and my pilot Chosen.

Go ahead and send happy support emails

Most of the support emails we get are about problems. Something isn’t working right, or is confusing, and a customer needs help. Roughly once a week, we’ll get a support email that is, well, supportive. So I thought I’d single two of them them out, both to thank the users who took the time to write them and encourage everyone to tell developers when things are great.

Highland and Weekend Read get updates

Our two major screenwriting apps have updates out this week, fixing minor bugs and annoyances.

The Deal with Scripped.com

Craig and John talk with the owner of Scripped.com to investigate what happened when the online screenwriting site suddenly went down this week, erasing four years of screenwriters’ work. When things went south, why did he try to distance himself from the debacle, and what comes next? It’s a candid discussion — but far less uncomfortable than the Final Draft episode.

Midseason Finale

Craig and John wrap up many plotlines from previous episodes, with follow-up on Three Page Challenges, diversity numbers, Road Runner and other rules, plus the Gravity lawsuit in light of the Blurred Lines verdict.