Movie Outline
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Screenplay writing software for screenwriters.   Demo ($199.95)
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Movie Outline lets you move out of that old feeling of "I wish someone would write a movie about …" to "Hey, why don't I write it myself?!" Well, why not? Go for it! But before you jump into the deep end… plan your story! Many novice screenwriters make the mistake of leaping head first into a full screenplay without taking the crucial first step of outlining their story. Otherwise known in the biz as "step-outlining".

A step outline is essentially a scene-to-scene breakdown of your story. By planning your story structure in advance you will save yourself a whole lot
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Version 3.1.5:
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Lord-Lightning reviewed on 21 Dec 2011
Just be aware that it is not fully WSYWIG. Using Courier as the font of choice you will get a print out that does not match the on-screen view. Pages are critical to timing so the app (that is so full of potential) is not usable in practice.
The outline stuff is good. The character stuff is a little peculiar. The formatting stuff is OK - technically correct. The Dialogue Spotlight is potentially the best feature but in spite of the claims its current implementation does not help you to create unique characters by analyzing dialogue and voice-over throughout your script as it should. It is not editable so it does not help you 'create' dialogue. It allows you to isolate a specific character's dialogue only and look at it. You then have to go back into the script to make any changes. If only! The feel factor thingy is something I doubt any writer would bother with.

All in all this is a screenwriting app full of potential but lacking in development. I shared my concerns with the developers over a year ago... not a peep. Nothing. So don't expect responsive version updates. There are very much better applications now on the market. If it is out on a massive discount it might be worth lining up all the apps that do this one pony trick and seeing where it comes in an honest comparison. It is lying cold and dead on my computer after it messed up a script deadline for me. I just can't trust it enough to rely on it when other apps can be relied on.
[Version 3.1.2]


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Writerstar reviewed on 16 Oct 2010
I stumbled upon this software a while ago and thank god I did because it has really paid for itself. I have used all the script writing softare available and can tell you that hands down, this is the best by a long shot.

For a start, outlining is key and anyone who doesn't do it is bound to waste many hours, days, weeks and possibly months stuck in rewrites because you MUST PLAN your story before you start writing. Sure, you can write a scene here or there if you have some strong ideas but writing an entire script without working out the structure first is insane. IMO. :)

The annoying thing is that I wasted so much money on just "script formatters".. I wish I would have discovered this little gem sooner because it also formats your script which is crucial but not the only tool a writer needs.

I strongly recommend anyone interested in writing movie scripts to try the demo of this program first. It is very felxible and has many features, including character development tools which I personally don't use until my second draft but that's the beauty of this app, it can fit into your own working style, not the other way round.

Five stars all the way!
[Version 3.1.1]


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ThatGirl commented on 21 Apr 2009
LOL at "...otherwise known in the biz as 'step-outlining.'"

Fourteen years in "the biz" and I've never heard that term uttered until now.

BULLSHIT ALERT: BUYER BEWARE.
[Version 3.0.5]


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nostrodumbass tipped on 05 Jun 2008
Well, Movie Outline's price is more or less in the same range as other screen writing apps....which is to say (unjustifiably?)expensive.
For a screen writer who's already sold scripts, the cost is no more than a few lines of nose candy, which is to say mere pocket change to them.
For the rest of us, who constitute most of the market for these apps, snorting them up is not necessarily so easy a financial decision.
Celtx http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/19246/celtx is not only OUTSTANDING, but FREE as well. I seriously suggest giving Celtx a try and then decide if spending big bucks on Movie Outline or any of the others makes any real sense.
[Version 3.0.5]


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syharris commented on 15 May 2008
This is a really well designed, nifty tool for script writing, quite innovative and intelligently put together. I could really get into using it, but $200?! Jesus!
It's just too out of reach for my wallet and, I'll wager,
for many other folks who would otherwise go for it were it at a sane, realistic price.
Even if it were offered as a MacUpdate Promo, I can't imagine it going for less than 50% off, which is still quite expensive.
Well, maybe Movie Outline's price point was, in fact, intentionally set to keep out the riffraff such as myself, and attract only the Porsche driving, coke sniffing elite.
$200! My God!
[Version 3.0.5]


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Movie Outline lets you move out of that old feeling of "I wish someone would write a movie about …" to "Hey, why don't I write it myself?!" Well, why not? Go for it! But before you jump into the deep end… plan your story! Many novice screenwriters make the mistake of leaping head first into a full screenplay without taking the crucial first step of outlining their story. Otherwise known in the biz as "step-outlining".

A step outline is essentially a scene-to-scene breakdown of your story. By planning your story structure in advance you will save yourself a whole lot of time in the "rewriting" stage of your project because no matter how good you are at screenwriting, all writers have to learn to love rewriting!

Movie Outline offers a simple way for screenwriters to outline their story while simultaneously referencing successful movies of all genres. The six outlines and analyses included are: Die Hard, True Romance, There's Something About Mary, When Harry Met Sally, Scream, and Good Will Hunting - and there are many more to come!


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