How to use CELTX to create a professional movie script

Once you’ve selected the type of screenplay you’ll be writing for (film, audio-video, etc), you can begin the script.

You begin with the background or setting of the scene.  This will be placed automatically in a darker highlight.  Also, the title will show up on the right of your screen in Celtx.  I have pointed this out with the right red arrow.  This will assist you, the director, when you have many scenes to work with.

Next, you want to introduce the main characters in your production.  Mine are GRACE and LILLIAN (above). After you are done describing your character(s), you will want to describe the shot in which they will be acting.

The keyboard shortcuts for these divisions are:

Tab = Character


You can also tab another time after “shot” to insert dialogue.  Also, you may use helpful shortcuts such as Close Up or Weather to specify which type of shot you will be focusing on later when you start to actually shoot. These can be found just as in Adobe Dreamweaver, by beginning to type the word and the options will pop up to your mouse’s right.

This was very useful when I was making a soundscape script for Professor Skye Bianco’s class. I took a snippet (Microsoft) of my script and included it on my webpage to simplify the script writing process.

If you have any questions, just let me know!



~ by scw32 on October 16, 2011.

2 Responses to “How to use CELTX to create a professional movie script”

  1. This is very helpful if I ever needed to know how to use CELTX. Thanks for taking the time to explain all of this. If I had to suggest one thing I would say add more screen shots to the blog because they really help the one that is trying to follow the instructions, understand what he/she is doing.

  2. This seems like a great way to organize the setup for these soundscapes. Also, it provides a very helpful introduction to CELTX. Thank you.

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