Sort of. Almost. Maybe.
I ummed and ahhed about Final Draft because it IS the industry standard at the moment and I feel that by not having access to it at this early a stage could potentially be troublesome. I would absolutely like to write scripts via the Fountain markup language (or at least export to it, with nice plain text formatting and all), but from my experience of the film industry – the old captains of industry are stubbon bastards who are set in their curmudgeonly ways.
Even Graham Linehan admits he still has it around to send to people. Ironically it’s not writers that are the problem (as it is, many of the great tools for writers were designed and programmed by screenwriters and artistic types), but rather the decision makers that have problems with information technology.
I still have a few months before taking up a course or two (I fancy doing the Writer’s Foundation Certificate and Writing for Film & TV), and I have Elliot Grove’s Raindance Writer’s Lab book (on the Kindle) and Patrick Tucker’s Secrets of Screen Acting to get through first.
BTW, I’m setting up a new blog to chronicle my delusional aspirations for screenwriting/producing. It’ll be called Golden Hind Films (cashing in on my surname – look, if Chris Columbus can have 1492 Pictures, I’m bloody going for Golden Hind Films!) and I’ll be posting all that stuff there.