I’m relatively new to the world of Celtx. I’ve been a Final Draft user since high school so you can imagine how tough it is to make the switch. My biggest exposure to the product has been through my iPhone and the stellar Celtx screenwriting app. So far, when it comes to mobile screenwriting, Celtx is definitely the best.
This led me to download the full software onto my home computer to try out the sync feature and learn more about the software. Around the same time, I was given the opportunity to check out an eBook from Packt Publishing and author Ralph Roberts called Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting. It’s a gigantic and in depth look at the software that’s perfect for beginners looking to explore what Celtx has to offer.
At a whopping 376 pages, this eBook definitely covers everything including writing screenplays, creating storyboards, generating call sheets and much more. I have to admit, most of my focus will always be on the screenwriting aspect of pre-production but it’s refreshing to see a program out there capable of helping with so many facets of production. Not only that, it’s helpful with a variety of productions from including plays and comic books. (Something I’ve always wanted to try by the way.)
You really can’t beat the features Celtx boasts especially since the program is free.
As for the eBook, the detailed and illustrated step by step guide is perfect for anyone looking to master every single feature Celtx has to offer. There are a ton of features I completely missed when I was messing around with the program. Namely the storyboarding and sketching tools. Open Source Screenwriting definitely paved the way for some creative opportunities.
It’s a perfect companion as you dive into a new production. When it comes to screenwriting, I’ll always been loyal to Final Draft but my experience with Celtx’s mobile app has definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities out there. For me, the value of Celtx is in the added tools that help bridge the cap between screenwriting and production. You won’t find production tools anywhere this cheap and Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting is a good place to learn how to use them.