I have a weird question, in your opinion, especially those of you working in or who have worked in the industry. Is it common for professional screenwriters (TV or Film) to use screenwriting software when working on a script? Is it generally accepted to use this sort of program or is it looked down on?
I’m curious as somebody that is an aspiring screenwriter if agents would take seriously a script that was devised using software like this?
Judging by the “testimonials” on Final Draft’s website it would seem like it is perfectly acceptable to use softwares.
Then again, if you format the script correctly it would probably be impossible to tell, unless the software you use automatically watermarks or something.
Well, the Final Draft website features quotes praising the software from A-listers like JJ Abrams, Darren Aronofsky, Sofia Coppola, James Cameron, Oliver Stone and even perhaps the biggest name in modern screenwriting Aaron Sorkin. They also have some people on video praising the program as well. So unless they paid all of those people off, it would seem like it is not only acceptable but also beneficial/encouraged to use such programs.
I do my writing on Celtx. It’s free, but professional looking, and it can be easily transferred into another ‘more professional looking’ software. I’d definitely recommend it.