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MASTERING CELTX Available for Pre-Order

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Mastering CeltxMy new book Mastering Celtx is being published by Cengage Learning, and can now be pre-ordered at any of your favorite booksellers (brick-and-mortar, and online).

alt.screenwriters has always been about exploring new developments in screenwriting.

Celtx describes itself as an all-in-one media pre-production tool. For years, novice and professional screenwriters have had to spend a good chunk of change for either Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriter in order to compose and distribute professional looking screenplays. Celtx is open-source and free.

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Written by tborst

May 8, 2011 at 4:27 am

New Developments

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March 26, 2011 at 5:12 am

Interactive Films

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In the mid- and late-’90s, a variety of companies experimented with interactive filmmaking — from in-the-theater type experiences with audience remote controls, to CD-ROMs and DVDs.  None of these experiments yielded mainstream success, and interactive films largely retreated from the media landscape in the past decade.

Interestingly, the iPad may trigger a new wave of experimentation with interactive filmmaking, and the device might offer just the right kind of form factor for this kind of storytelling.  Check out the “making-of” video for “Touching Stories”, a collection of 4 short interactive films made by Tool of North America, a production company specializing in creating branded video content.

Written by tborst

July 1, 2010 at 3:08 am

Posted in screenwriting

Celtx Taking Off With Aspiring Screenwriters

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Just an observation that Celtx is really beginning to take off with aspiring screenwriters, based on my conversations with participants at the 2010 Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe, where I mentored a 3-day lab and presented a seminar.  For years, I’ve solely discussed Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter with novice screenwriters, but by next year, Celtx is likely to be approaching parity in those discussions.

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June 8, 2010 at 12:55 am

Posted in screenwriting, tools

Podcast About Game Writing and Storytelling

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Game Central LogoThe guys at game-central.org have been cranking out hour-long weekly podcasts for a couple of years, and decided to interview me for this week’s podcast. They came armed with a bunch of questions, and I did my best to come up with some answers. It was nice revisiting the work we did on the Wing Commander game series many years ago, which was my entry into “alt” screenwriting. Take a listen and enjoy!

Listen to the Game Central podcast with Terry Borst

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May 28, 2010 at 1:44 am

Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe: 6/1-6/6

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SCSFe logoI’m excited to be back on the faculty of the upcoming Screenwriting Conference at Santa Fe running from June 1-June 6 in lovely Santa Fe, NM. Heavy hitter screenwriters Kirk Ellis, Josh Olson and others join me on the faculty, and Oscar-winning producer Tony Marks and one of my graduate school professors and thesis advisors (Howard Suber) will be part of the Hollywood Connection portion of the conference. Immerse yourself in screenwriting the first week in June: sign up for the conference!

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May 22, 2010 at 8:01 am

A night at Barnes & Noble – Santa Monica

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Barnes and Noble book panel - May 19Following our book panel and signing at Barnes & Noble on Wed., May 19 (for Write Your Way Into Animation and Games), from left to right: Jeannie, who was good enough to buy a book; contributing author Carolyn Miller; yours truly (contributing author Terry Borst); our moderator Susan Spohr; and contributing author Jean Ann Wright. Thanks to all who attended(and thanks to B&N staff)!

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May 21, 2010 at 2:20 am

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