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Use this script template to create your script in Apple's pages. If you like working with pages on a Mac or iPhone, I have made a free screen writing template for you. Unpack and open after download. The system asks you whether you want to attach the template to your "Template" directory.
You can do this if you want to return to the template from the "New Documents" dialogue at a later point in it. You' ll find them under "My templates". This template contains the default script items, and the jump from one item to another is partially automatic. Since Pages is not a screen-writing app in itself, however, you must select some of the items yourself.
When you open the template and go to the second page (the first page of your script after the cover page), you will see that the template already says "FADE IN:". Position the pointer in the line below "FADE IN:" (if not already present) and open the "Format" section on the right side by pressing the "Format" icon in the tool bar.
You can see that the first line of your script is formatted as " FADE IN: " by default as "SCENE HEADING". This is because after a transitions, a title of a scenery is the most likely script item you will need. Now, if you type a headline for a scenery (it is typed in ALL uppercase letters automatically) and hit return, Pages will jump to the next line and wait for an operation line to be entered.
Sequential script components are: To use an item other than the pages that appear in your browser, you can always click in the styles bar and select a different stylestyle. This shortcut helps you to quickly skip from elementary items. You also get an automatic sequence index with the page number at the end of the script, which is kind of cute.
Substitutes the scenelist in the Final Draft browser a bit easier. The script template for Apple's pages is generated with the same margins and line feeds as the original script template. I used Courier New 11pt for the font, which is essentially the norm for writing scripts.
But if you look at it from a different perspective, you will see that there is a discrepancy in the character per line and the line per page. This is because Final Draft's own versions of the Kurier typeface use different spacing. However, I figured if you didn't own Final if you didn't install Final Tower, so I converted Final Tower to Courtier New 11pt for this benchmark.
For a nicer copy of Courier New, you can also get Courier Prime by John August. You can see that the line feeds in the page template are exactly the same as in Final Draft. That means that the page number is exactly the same even when using Courier Newý12pt in Final Draft.
While the artwork is great for typing, you should be cognizant that you can't just copy/paste the right script style from another script. When you copy from one template to the other pages, it recognizes which style you are using, but the others (characters and dialog) are highlighted with an asterisk and used with the "wrong" style.
I' ve tried Scrivener and Final Draft. While Final Draft inserted everything as a format for actions (left indented), Scrivener was inserted with indents, but Pages could not recognize the format as such. This page screening scripts give you a good opportunity to start quickly with the script. This is a good way to start a script if you don't need any other specifics.
Once your script is ready and prints (or in Adobe Acrobat Reader file format), no one will see the differences.