Celtx is a scriptwriting software platform with applications in a wide range of mediums but that specializes in helping screenwriters.
- Fully featured scriptwriting tool kit
- Storyboarding and scene by scene breakdown options
- Budgeting and scheduling tools
- All scriptwriting functions are free, and other features are offered in scaled subscription plans
- Cloud-based tools make communication with your whole team a simple affair
- Final Draft is still the industry standard, and it uses proprietary files mean many producers demand their writers use it
- Sacrifices more in-depth screenwriting features for a focus on the whole pre-production process
Like Final Draft, developed all the way back in 1991, Celtx is a piece of software designed to help screenwriters give life to their concepts and turn rough ideas into fully polished scripts. But as the new kid on the block, Celtx has an uphill battle to climb in dethroning the most established name in the business. Its philosophy is to offer more in practically every regard. While the Celtx software is designed primarily for use by screenwriters, the versatility of the software makes it equally as useful for playwrights, comic book writers, novelists, and practically anyone who works in the written word. For those working in film, Celtx does far more than just offer a screenwriting tool. Celtx is an acronym standing for Crew, Equipment, Location, Talent, and XML, and that's an accurate reflection of the greater mission statement of the software. It's designed to help screenwriters and production crews through all the stages of pre-production. As many failed screenwriters will attest, a good script is more than just a collection of good ideas, and with all the moving parts involved in a film's production, structure is of great importance when trying to get a project off the ground. The scriptwriting component of Celtx draws from time tested rules to help them make sure they hit all the important beats and elements of a good story. Using a workflow structure that allows you to select different formats for scripts means that you can more easily create scripts in the style or genre that suits you. By automatically classifying scenes within the script, Celtx makes it easy to cut up and move components of your script around when trying to make sure the final product plays as intended. Scriptwriters rarely exist in a vacuum. Collaboration is an essential part of even indie films, and Celtx draws from the classic form of storyboards to help communicate what a script will look like in action. From lighting and positioning to camera angles, you can help every member of your crew understand the big picture. Every aspect of a Celtx script is presented in a single master file, so there won't be any problems with different members of your teams having outdated or incomplete versions as you work through the pre-production process. Once the storyboarding is complete, options are available to break down lists of every single shot, simplifying the process of communications between the writer and the director. Celtx even takes the budget into account. Scheduling components of Celtx prevent wasted time and ensure all the members of the crew are where they need to be when they need to be there, and budget tracking helps you prevent from sinking into the red halfway through production of your project. Celtx is a cloud based platform, and your information is available on the web or through their useful mobile apps.
I used Celtx for creating comic scripts and found that it was far and away better than any alternative I've tried. I logged on today after a few months away and discovered they've "stepped back" from comic scripting, and I'm unable to create any new projects with that template. I can understand no longer developing comic scripting features, but I don't understand not letting people create with the existing template you've already sunk money into developing over the years. Ridiculous. Cancelling my subscription.