Celtx

Celix is a script writing application with various features that help you get you ideas down. Whether it’s a comic, stage play or TV show you can make a base for whatever wonderful ideas you have rattling around in there.

However to use celtx you first need to make an account with them. You can also pay to upgrade your plan, where you can access other features that help get your project off the ground.

But this tutorial will be for those who aren’t paying… cause who’s got money for that am I right?

Tutorial

This here is your homepage:

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However if this is your first time using celtx you won’t have the project I currently have on your homepage, yours will rather be blank.

To start a project, click the NEW PROJECT button on the right hand side.

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You should have this window open:

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In the section below, you can add other celtx users you know to your project by clicking on the tick down the left side. This allows them to contribute to your work or if you are doing a group project. There is also a read-only option which can be ticked if you don’t want others to edit your work.

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You can now name your project in the PROJECT TITLE bar.

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Below this is a bar which tells you what format your project is on. It’s currently been set to Film & TV. To change this click the drop down bar, which will reveal several different options. For this tutorial, leave your format on Film & TV.

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When you’ve done this click create and you will be taken to this page. Click on the first bar SCRIPT∼ because the script feature is what we will be exploring today.

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You will then finally be on the script writing screen yaaay!

The grey line that you see on the top of the page is the scene heading. This is wear you put whether your project starts inside/outside, the time of day,the location and current time or not.

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My scene starts inside so I begin by writing INT. which means interior. I then wrote the location of this scene e.g. BEDROOM. And lastly the time of day – NIGHT TIME.

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By clicking enter the dropdown bar in the left-top corner changes from Scene Heading to Action. This is where you write what is going on in the scene. However using the enter and tab keys will automatically format your work if you’re having trouble.

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For instance what the character is doing in the first shot, or whether its just a landscape scene etc.

After you’ve finished writing this, click the enter button twice on your keyboard. This will make another scene heading appear where you can start your next scene.

You can also using the formatting menu to browse through further adjustments.

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On the left hand side there is a section which displays all of your scenes. Every time you add a new scene heading, it will be added to your scene navigator. If you click on a scene in this navigator it will bring you directly to that page.

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If you click and drag the the scenes you can also change the order they’re in.

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Clicking on the button to the left of the screen:

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Will open a notes and media sidebar, where you can add notes and imagery to your scene.

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Click the ADD MEDIA button in the sidebar to import media.

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This will open three different options of adding media.

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The first is the web in which you can search the internet.

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Then click on the image you wish to import. It will appear in the sidebar like this:

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As you can see, there is a string attached to it and your work, this mean the image is link to the section off work you added media too. Clicking on the media in the side bar will also lead you to the area of work it’s from.

Lastly, of course if you have a script you need a title page. To do this, Click on the actions tab at the top of the screen.

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It will reveal a drop down bar with the Edit Title Page option.

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Clicking on this opens the title page wizard.

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Fill in the information under the heading. The based on line is for you to reference any material you might have used. When finished click ok.

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The title page can only be seen when printing or publishing your script. Click on the print icon.

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Which opens this page:

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And by clicking the Show title page option∼

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∼you can view the title page.

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Your title page is now at the beginning of your script and you are ready to print and publish, Good Luck!

 

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