The Film & TV Script Editor

Overview

In Celtx, the moment you open a script file it's ready to go. No adjusting margins or setting up tab points; no need to worry about capitalization. Just type, enter, and move on...

 

Formatting

The Formatting Menu

In a screenplay, each line of text can be classified as one type of element. Those elements all have a distinct placement, letter case, and margins.

The TAB key will switch the element setting of your current line.

When you are writing, our system will try to intelligently guess at what you're going to write next. So if you're writing a character name, and hit ENTER, the system will automatically switch to a dialog element.

You can also use the Element Selection menu to change your current element type. Below is an example of what the various elements look like.

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The Text Toolbar

The Text Toolbar includes the text formatting and view options for your script's text. Most of these options can be shown or hidden by clicking on the pen icon.

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Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_2.51.16_PM.png Undo/Redo

On the Right, you'll see these buttons. They will allow you to undo and redo recent changes to your text.

Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_2.52.06_PM.png Dual Dialog

When two characters are speaking simultaneously our system will place the text side by side. Type the text as normal, then highlight both sets and hit this icon to display the text side by side.

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Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_2.52.43_PM.png Bold/Italics/Underline

You can highlight any text and add these styles for emphasis.

 

 

Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_2.53.44_PM.png Foreground/Background Color

You can customize the text and page color of your script. The top color is the text color, and is black by default. The bottom one is the page color, and is white by default.

Note: This is meant as a viewing option, and will not be included in your printed/pdf scripts.

 

Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_2.54.18_PM.png Change Case

This button allows you to select text and change it to ALL CAPS or lowercase.

Note: This will not override the default case for certain element types (such as scene headings and character elements) which are uppercase by default.

 

Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_2.54.53_PM.png Cut/Copy/Paste

 

Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_2.55.25_PM.png Find/Replace

Clicking this icon will open up the find/replace toolbar, allowing you to search the text of your script for words or phrases, and replace them.

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Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_2.56.04_PM.png Spellcheck

This will start our built-in spellchecker. It will go line by line, highlight issues, and make suggestions to fix spelling issues in your script.

 

Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_3.00.47_PM.png Toggle Full Screen

This will turn fullscreen mode on and off.

ESC will also turn off fullscreen mode.

 

Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_3.20.01_PM.png Pin Toolbar (fullscreen mode only)

This keeps your toolbar visible at the top of the fullscreen editor.

 

Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_3.20.32_PM.png Night Mode (fullscreen mode only)

This will darken your editor, and invert the text/background colors to ease eye strain.

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Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_3.21.11_PM.png Zoom

Set your editor's zoom level. 

 

Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_3.21.49_PM.png Scene Numbering

This button allows you to add numbers to your scene headings. You can set it to left, right, both sides, or none.

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Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_3.24.45_PM.png Snippets

These buttons allow you to post images of script excerpts directly to your social media account.

 

The Options Menu

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The Options Menu allows you to alter the settings for your script, add title page info, import and export text, create sides, and enter revision mode.

Edit Title Page...

This option opens the title page wizard, which allows you to enter your title page info and generate a standard title page for your script.

You can include the title page when you print your script.

Read more about Title pages

Script Settings

The script settings window allows you to customize the page numbers, paper size, and other page settings.

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Headers and Footers

This opens the Headers and Footers settings for your script. By default, basic users will see the text "Created Using Celtx" in their footer.

The feature allows you to add/remove/edit custom text, page numbers, the current date, and more to the top and bottom of the page.

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Revision Mode/Reset Revisions

This button activates Revision mode, which locks scene numbers, highlights text changes, and more.

Read more about Revision mode

Create Sides

This will activate the sides wizard, which will walk you through creating sides from select scenes from your script.

Read more about Sides

Print / PDF...

This will open the print preview menu, where you can add watermarks to your pages and choose what content you want included in your printout.

Read more about printing

Import Script...

This menu item will allow you to import and append text from other documents on your computer. It accepts .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .fdx, .html, .cxscript and .celtx files

Read more about importing

Export to Text/Fountain

These options allow you to export your entire script content to a .txt or .fountain file for use in other programs.

Create Sharable Link

This option will generate a public, read-only link that you can share with other people via email or social media. Anyone with the sharable link will have access to read and print your script in its most recent version.

 

 

The Righthand Sidebar

The righthand sidebar contains several sections to access additional Celtx tools. Each tool can be opened by clicking on the menu item, and closed by hitting the Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_3.38.14_PM.png that appears in the toolbar.

 

The Scene Navigator

Each time you add a scene heading to your script, it is added to the scene navigator.

It will highlight the scene you are working on in green.

You can click on any scene heading in the navigator to scroll directly to that scene.

You can reorder scenes in your script by dragging and dropping these sidebar items.

If you want to pin this navigator open to the left side of your screen, hit the Screen_Shot_2018-09-13_at_3.37.16_PM.png icon.

 

Media

This allows you to add images to your project and associate it directly with the text of your script.

Read more about Media

 

Notes

This allows you to add notes to your script.

You can also print these notes as footnotes in the print menu.

Read more about Notes

 

Index Cards

The index cards sidebar allows you to review, add, and adjust cards from your linked index card module.

Read more about Index Cards

 

Catalog

The catalog sidebar allows you to edit and expand on the profiles for any character you've added into your script.

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Breakdown

This allows you to begin breaking down your script by tagging elements such as props, wardrobe, VFX and more directly in your script text.

Read more about Breakdown

 

Shot List

This will let you tag your script with shots, and build a shotlist for your director and camera team to follow during your shoot.

Read more about Shot Lists

 

Read Through

This sidebar lets you hear your story play out from any line at any time with fully customizable text-to-speech playback. It is currently only available in Film & TV scripts.

*NOTE* If you don't see Read Through, you may need to toggle this feature on from the Options Menu.

 

The footer of your editor includes:

Insights timers and tools

The insights timers on the bottom left will tell you how long you've been typing in this session, and how long you've had your script open but inactive.

Clicking on the Insights link will give you a stats window where you can set goals, track your progress, and more.

Learn more about Insights

 

Word/Page count, Last saved and shortcut keys

At the bottom right of your page is a running page and word count, as well as the when the last save of your script happened.

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The ? icon will open a list of the editor shortcut keys.

 

Collaboration

Finally, when more than one user has the document open at once, the footer will display their avatars in the bottom right of your screen to let you know. 

 

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