Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting Beginner’s Guide

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Write and market Hollywood-perfect movie scripts the free way! An illustrative guide to writing and formatting professional scripts and screenplays in the only way acceptable to Hollywood producers and agents Work with all the powerful tools of Celtx to come up with brilliant scripts for films, documentaries, stage plays, even comic book scripts Master other pre-production planning features including storyboarding, scheduling, and casting Maximize the power of Celtx with helpful tips about both the software and how to sell your completed work Part of Packt's beginner's guide series – pratical, simple, and illustrative
In Detail
We've all watched a disappointing movie and said, "I could write it better than that." Perhaps you can! It doesn't matter how good your script might be – if it doesn't look right, producers and agents won't read it. The answer (and it's an easy one) to writing screenplays in the rigid format required is Celtx!
This book on Celtx answers the NEED millions of screenwriters have – how to turn out a pro-looking script without spending hundreds on Final Draft or Movie Magic. It includes screenplay formatting and structuring examples, excerpts from both classic movie scripts and some of the author's own as examples, tips on marketing, and so forth.
Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting Beginner's Guide will make you an expert at storyboarding, audio visual scripts (such as for documentaries), comic books, developing characters, and more. It begins with the basics of getting started with Celtx and then moves on to the important aspects of writing and formatting scripts. With this book in hand, you will develop all the skills of a professional scriptwriter. If you have the creativity it takes to come up with a brilliant script, this book does everything else for you!
This book takes you through a tour of Celtx, what to use it for, and what to do with your excellent results (with a lot of hard-learned tips from the author). In simple terms, this book shows you how to get up to speed writing scripts and the other neat things Celtx does.
This illustrative guide will show you how to turn out a professional-looking script using Celtx.
What you will learn from this book Obtain and install Celtx and get started with it Get acquainted with all the writing features of Celtx Work with tools to organize your writing prowess Learn how to write a brilliant feature movie Write gripping documentaries and other audio-visual projects Learn how to present excellent stage plays, podcasts, comic books, and other great scripts Market your scripts so that they reach the right people and you get due credit
This is a beginner's guide – a hand-holding fun ride with step-by-step instructions and illustrative screenshots
Who this book is written for
If you want to write a professional script or screenplay using the open source tool Celtx, this book is for you. You need not have any previous knowledge of Celtx or any other writing software.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (March 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849513821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849513821
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Great buy

 on November 18, 2012
By Kindle Customer
Great book to read if your new to screenwriting. I just purchase this book for my IPad, and I’m on my way to writing my first script! Also great book too for those experience writers as well. The reading is so easy to understand, and it was well written for the lame person like myself. Celtx is a good operation system, and you can do a lot and its free! I definitely encourage all to purchase this book if their dreams are to become a writer.

Five Stars

 on June 9, 2017
By Omasheye Oghenetuvie Loveth

This book makes the free software a pleasure to use

11 helpful votes
 on April 19, 2011
By Graham Higson
Whilst the title of this book is accurate, I have to say that at first glance it looked as if it was aimed at computer technicians – it’s the mention of “open source” that threw me. But what the book is really about is using a software program called Celtx to correctly format scripts for film, TV, stage, and more. With a background in writing – and having recently got a master’s degree in Professional Writing (specialising in screenwriting) – I have been using FinalDraft: a program that is considered by many authorities to be the industry standard, but which fails on some levels, and I wanted to see if Celtx could do better. This placed me in an ideal position to give this book a thorough trial and see how it complements the software.

All in all it’s a well thought out book with more information that you’ll probably ever need

17 helpful votes
 on March 27, 2011
By Amazon Customer
First The Bad News

This book is true to its word

8 helpful votes
 on June 7, 2011
By Laurence Timms
Here’s how it goes with new screenwriters: They can’t afford pro screenwriting software like Final Draft, so they struggle with a hobbled demo version which limits them to just a few pages of script. They’re so eager to get on with writing that they don’t stop to learn the basic rules of screenplay formatting, structure, tone or style. They don’t spend time learning about three-act structure because they don’t know such a thing exists.

Celtx is a wonderful open source scriptwriting tool

2 helpful votes
 on May 4, 2011
By SeVlad
In order to write a good script – you need talent. But the talent is not enough. The script can be a unique and worthwhile to be turned into a movie, but he can’t reach the production for one simple reason – not meeting the standards of writing scripts. These standards can easily be discovered, but the script turned into a torture because of text formatting. I am very well know this because of writing screenplay for a children. However, there is a solution – specialized software that can make life easier for a screenwriter. But these programs cost a lot of money. But luckily, I came across a wonderful book “Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting Beginner’s Guide” by Ralph Roberts published by Packt. The name itself intrigued me very much, because Celx is the open source program, meaning that it is free. I immediately wanted to get acquainted with this book more closely, about my impressions after reading it will be written below. At the moment I’m preparing a Flash series for kids and thanks to the book, I know exactly what will be my choice of scripting tool.

This extraordinary book will show you how Celtx is done!

1 helpful vote
 on November 29, 2011
By James Wilson
Celtx is the Open Source script writing software taught in this book, and Celtx is a great piece of programming. This extraordinary book will show you how Celtx is done. The author is Ralph Roberts. He has written over 100 books and thousands of articles, produced over 100 DVD titles, as well as hundreds of hours of video for local TV. He leaves no feature “unturned” in this encyclopedic e-book of 367 pages. If that sounds like too much, note that it is written with clearly marked chapters so you can pick out just the material you need to know.

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