On Wednesday, April 2, the Writers Guild of America, East will hold a training session for the recently released Final Draft 9 with Joe Mefford, Final Draft’s Vice President of Ecommerce. At the training, Joe will be demonstrating the all-new Final Draft 9 for Mac and Windows along with the Final Draft Writer for iPad and the Final Draft Reader for iPhone.
The WGAE Write On Blog spoke with Final Draft’s Vice Presidnet of Ecommerce, Joe Mefford, about Final Draft Version 9 and what members can expect to learn at our upcoming training session.
Why would someone who already has, and is happy with, Final Draft want to upgrade to Final Draft Version 9? Can you tell us what’s been updated and what’s new in it?
There are three reasons why someone should upgrade to Final Draft 9.
First, we have a whole new suite of Navigator tools – ScriptNotes, Scene, and Character – that make it easy to outline and develop a script at anytime in the writing process.
Second, FD 9 has been upgraded to work natively with the latest versions of Windows and Mac OS.
Third, new production tools such as color coding pages and revision tools have been updated to make Final Draft easier to use on location.
Let’s say I’m new to screenwriting and don’t quite know all the lingo, would you recommend I use FDV9 and what would be the best way to learn how to put together a professional script?
A vast majority of our users are new to screenwriting and we always design Final Draft with the new screenwriter in mind. Having said that, a beginning screenwriter should seek out all the free and inexpensive resources to learn how to write and format a screenplay. These include the book The Screenwriter’s Bible, online classes, and many online blogs and resources.
What can people expect to walk away with learning if they attend the Final Draft Version 9 Training on April 2nd?
People should walk away with an understanding of how to really use the more advanced writing features in Final Draft 9 such as the Navigator tools and some of the newer outlining features. We’ll also spend some time examining the iOs apps such as the Reader and the Writer.
Can you tell me a simple trick that can enhance users experiences on Final Draft that most people don’t seem to know about?
A simple trick that many people don’t use is the Split Panel option. We’ll examine this in the workshop.
Are there plans for Final Draft to incorporate cloud computing features, online collaboration, or the ability to sync with mobile device?
Yes. We are looking at ways to incorporate with Dropbox and other cloud solutions. We are also looking at allowing users to run Final Draft from the cloud. That is in the future.
If you could personally could write a scene for any fictional television or film character throughout history, who would it be?
I would like to write for the characters in the No Texting announcements and I would insist that anyone texting in a movie is immediately vaporized.