Article by Ananjan Chaudhuri

Packt is pleased to announce Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting Beginner’s Guide, an illustrative guide to writing and formatting professional scripts and screenplays in the only way acceptable to Hollywood producers and agents. Written by Ralph Roberts, this book will help readers to get acquainted with all the writing features of Celtx.

Celtx is free media pre-production software designed for creating and organizing media projects like screenplays, films, videos, stageplays, audio plays, documentaries, machinima, comics, games and podcasts. Built on open, non-proprietary standards, this client-server application gives independent filmmakers and media creators an integrated and non-linear approach to the pre-production work phase, providing support for industry standard scriptwriting, story development, storyboarding, script breakdowns, production scheduling and reports.

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!

We’ve all watched a disappointing movie and said, “I could write it better than that.” It doesn’t matter how good a 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!Celtx: Open Source Screenwriting Beginner’s Guide answers the need of millions of screenwriters-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 more.

Anyone who aims to write a professional script or screenplay using the open source tool Celtx will find the book an interesting and beneficial read. No previous knowledge of Celtx or any other writing software is required. This book is out now and available from Packt. For more information please visit:

Ananjan Chaudhuri is a market research executive at Packt Publishing Pvt Ltd.

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