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Be Bold With Your Screenwriting

Filed under: Dan Bronzite's Script Tips by Dan @ 2:32 pm on November 16, 2011

Every screenwriter wants to create an original, entertaining and memorable movie but that goal is often hard to achieve.  There is no magic formula, no matter what anybody says.  Yes, there are structural paradigms, specific working practices, character development methods and even screenwriting software but a good screenplay normally hinges on one thing and one thing alone – the writer.

Only the writer with his or her unique voice and original ideas can turn a run-of-the-mill story into a roller-coaster read with the potential to become a Hollywood blockbuster.  As a screenwriter you need to fully invest yourself into your project heart and soul and push yourself at every plot and page turn.  If you simply want to make some money or “be famous” then forget it.  Don’t insult an audience with that kind of attitude, because if you don’t love what you’re writing, why should anybody else.

I’m not saying you can’t combine commerciality and a pay check with screenplay writing because you can, so long as you challenge yourself to remain as true as possible to your characters and theme along the way.  That means BE BOLD with your creative writing choices. Try to engage your reader from page one.  Throw them into the thick of your story as soon as possible and give them something compelling to chew over until the next big scene.  Always punctuate your story with unforgettable moments that keeps them wanting more.

If you need to write a talking heads scene in a diner, try to be innovative.  Hurl something at the audience they wouldn’t expect.  If it’s an action movie, make the audience think that this scene is going to be about plot exposition without action then surprise them with a set-piece from left-field.  If it’s a drama, create an out-of-the-blue confrontation between your Protagonist and an innocent bystander that shocks us and reveals an aspect of our hero or heroine we have not seen before.

You, as a screenwriter, are the God of your imaginary world. And as we all know “With great power comes great responsibility”.. so don’t waste it.  Ensure that your creative writing choices have integrity.  Keep your audience guessing.  Make every scene the best it can be and not just a page filler because you’ve run out of fresh ideas or are just getting lazy.  If you’ve received development notes from a friend, script consultant or development executive, don’t just write by numbers to please them.  Take all feedback on board as a challenge to you as a writer to become a better writer and write better scripts.  Be original.  Be passionate.  And most importantly, be bold.

Nuvotech’s Creative Writing Software Now Available from Best Buy and Amazon in Canada

Filed under: Press Releases by admin @ 1:30 pm on October 20, 2011

UK technology company Nuvotech today announced the availability of their popular creative writing software Movie Outline 3 and Script It! to Canadian customers through Best Buy’s Canadian online store.

“We’re very pleased to offer Canadian writers the opportunity to order our software from within their own country with free shipping — and from one of the world’s most trusted brands.” comments Dan Bronzite, produced screenwriter and CEO of Nuvotech.

Visit BestBuy.ca to order Movie Outline 3 or Script It! today and write your own Hollywood Blockbuster!

Movie Outline 3 is also available from Amazon.ca, as is Script It!.

About Best Buy

Best Buy is Canada’s fastest-growing specialty retailer and e-tailer of consumer electronics, personal computers and entertainment software.  Best Buy offers consumers a unique shopping experience with the latest technology and entertainment products, at the right price, with a no-pressure (non-commissioned) sales environment.  The Company is committed to kids and communities, supporting non-profit organizations that help youth develop their skill set, discover their talents and sustain a lasting interest in education.

About Amazon

Amazon.com, Inc.is a multinational electronic commerce company headquartered in Seattle, Washington, United States and is the world’s largest online retailer.

About Nuvotech

Nuvotech Limited is a software and Web 2.0 services company based in London, England. It was founded in 1999 by produced screenwriter and director Dan Bronzite to publish innovative software and services for the creative industry. Its most recognized brands are Movie Outline a cross-platform screenplay development application and Hollywood Script Express a script copying, copyright and delivery service in Los Angeles.

Script It! Hits the Mac App Store

Filed under: Press Releases by admin @ 4:41 pm on February 18, 2011

18 February, 2011 (London, UK) — UK technology company Nuvotech announced today that its new cross-platform creative writing package Script It! for Mac and PC is now available on the Mac App Store. This coincides with the full boxed retail release of the software, allowing customers to have flexible purchasing options via multiple channels.

“We are delighted to launch Script It! on the Mac App Store since this gives Mac OS X users instant access to the software and instils consumer confidence in our company and products by its association with the Apple brand”, commented Evelyne Kennedy, Product Manager for Nuvotech.

Key Features

  • Fully integrated step-outlining and scene organization
  • Industry standard script formatting with auto-pagination and auto-complete
  • Script writing glossary with over 250 filmmaking terms and definitions
  • Character name generator categorized by origin, gender and meaning
  • Includes scene by scene story and analysis of Ghost, Spider-Man and Scream
  • Scratch Pad to manage script snippets, research, character notes and plot ideas.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for quick editing and auto-convert/auto-capitalization as you type
  • Export outline, script and notes to plain text, rich text, html and PDF files
  • Auto-backup, auto-save and unlimited undo/redo
  • 100% cross-platform – easily exchange files between Mac and PC

“Script It! helps you organize your thoughts and build your story and screenplay beat by beat, making the process of writing a script less daunting and more intuitive, especially for first-timers learning the craft.”
– Professor Richard Walter
Chairman of the UCLA Screenwriting Program.

Pricing

Script It! will initially be available on the Mac App Store at a discounted price of $49.99 for a limited time before it returns to its full MSRP of $79.95.

About Nuvotech

Nuvotech Limited is a software and Web 2.0 services company based in London, England. It was founded in 1999 by produced screenwriter and director Dan Bronzite to publish innovative software and services for the creative industry. Its most recognized brands are Movie Outline a cross-platform screenplay development application and Hollywood Script Express a script copying, copyright and delivery service in Los Angeles.

Nuvotech Invites People to Unlock Their Imaginations with Script It! Creative Writing Software

Filed under: Press Releases by admin @ 7:14 pm on February 11, 2011

February 11, 2011  (London, UK) — UK technology company Nuvotech, known for its professional screenwriting software Movie Outline® and innovative cloud service for script copying and shipping Hollywood Script Express, today announced the availability of the much anticipated boxed version of its popular cross-platform creative writing package Script It! for Mac and PC.

This retail ready update also includes three scene by scene story breakdowns and analyses of Hollywood blockbusters Ghost, Spider-Man and Scream, and will be available both as a download and through retail stores and dot coms across North America, and – as a result of a new distribution deal – now also in the UK.

“Script It! was developed to help writers of any discipline organize their ideas and plan their story with ease, whether it be a novel, screenplay, stage play, pitch or presentation ”, commented Dan Bronzite, CEO of Nuvotech. “While designed for the formats of stage and screen, the software is extremely versatile and the tools included will aid any kind of creative writing.”

Key Features

  • Fully integrated step-outlining and scene organization
  • Industry standard script formatting with auto-pagination and auto-complete
  • Script writing glossary with over 250 filmmaking terms and definitions
  • Character name generator categorized by origin, gender and meaning
  • Includes scene by scene story and analysis of Ghost, Spider-Man and Scream
  • Scratch Pad to manage script snippets, research, character notes and plot ideas.

View features comparison between Script It! and Movie Outline 3 and download a free trial.

Educational Solutions

Script It! is ideal for students learning screenwriting because of its intuitive and structured approach to story development, which can easily be tailored into modules for teaching. The software is already being adopted by schools and universities, and Nuvotech strongly support this through affordable academic pricing for individual licenses and multiple seats for writing labs.

“Script It! helps you organize your thoughts and build your story and screenplay beat by beat, making the process of writing a script less daunting and more intuitive, especially for first-timers learning the craft.”

–- Professor Richard Walter, Chairman of the UCLA Screenwriting Program.

Pricing & Availability

Script It! is currently available from Nuvotech’s online software store, and will roll out across major retail and independent resellers over the coming months. The suggested retail price is $79.95.

About Nuvotech

Nuvotech Limited is a software and Web 2.0 services company based in London, England. It was founded in 1999 by produced screenwriter and director Dan Bronzite to publish innovative software and services for the creative industry. Its most recognized brands are Movie Outline a cross-platform screenplay development application and Hollywood Script Express a script copying, copyright and delivery service in Los Angeles.

Script It! Scriptwriting Software Released

Filed under: Press Releases by admin @ 4:37 pm on September 13, 2010

September 13, 2010  (London, UK) — UK software publisher Nuvotech today launched a new “lite” version of its popular professional screenwriting software Movie Outline®. This new cross-platform creative writing tool is aimed at the first time writer who needs the ability to outline their story and format their screenplay but cannot stretch their budget for the professional features of its big brother application.

“We realized that in these tough economic times many of our potential customers wanted a way to outline and format their movie projects but simply could not afford the price tag of our professional application”, said Dan Bronzite, CEO. “While Script It! does not have the many powerful story structuring, character development and import/export features of Movie Outline 3, we believe that it is the perfect choice for novice writers keen to make the transition from their regular word processing software into a tailored solution.”

Same Concept, Lower Price…

Script It! is based on the same innovative writing methodology of “step-outlining” that has proved so popular with users of Movie Outline. This “sequence” approach allows you to plan the structure of your screen story and professionally format your screenplay step by step.

New Features

Although Script It! doesn’t have many of the “pro” tools of Movie Outline it does have a few new handy features including an enhanced interface design with more work space, a “Glossary” with over 250 screenwriting / filmmaking terms & definitions, a “Character Name Wizard” with over 140,000 first and last names that can be filtered by gender, origin and meaning, and a “Scratch Pad” that allows you to organize your notes in one place and categorize them into folders such as story ideas, research, character notes, plot lines and script snippets.

Learn more about Script It! or download a free demo.

Pricing and Availability

Script It! will initially only be available as a download from the Nuvotech Software Store for $79.95.

About Nuvotech

Nuvotech is a software and Web 2.0 services company based in London, England. It was founded in 1999 by produced screenwriter Dan Bronzite to publish innovative software and services for the creative industry. Its most recognized brands are Movie Outline a cross-platform screenplay development application and Hollywood Script Express a script copying and delivery service in Los Angeles.

Movie Outline 3.1 Screenwriting Software Released

Filed under: Press Releases by admin @ 3:05 pm on February 18, 2010

February 18, 2010  (London, UK) – UK technology company Nuvotech today launched a comprehensive free upgrade to its popular script and story development package which now boasts even more powerful features including import and export to Final Draft® 8 and scheduling. 

Nuvotech announced that although the new version includes over 100 new features and improvements and is much more extensive than an regular update, it was pleased to offer this release as a free upgrade to existing users of Version 3. “Our customers are very loyal and only ever have positive things to say about Movie Outline”, commented Dan Bronzite, CEO. “As such we would like to give something back in appreciation for their help in shaping the product and the direction of its future evolution.”

Import & Export Upgrade

With Version 3.1 writers now have even more document sharing options available that include the ability to open and automatically reformat PDF files, import to and from Final Draft 8’s new XML file format (.fdx) , and export to scheduling format (.sex) that can be opened by most of the leading production management programs such as Movie Magic™ and Gorilla. Users can also display, print and export scene numbers.

Full Script Mode & Scene Cards

One of the most requested features from existing users was to have the ability to edit a full screenplay while retaining a project’s step structure. To address this the new version has introduced a powerful new editing mode so writers can have the best of both worlds and work in a methodology that suits them. This new mode also displays a scene list that helps you navigate your script and displays “scenes” instead of “steps” in its virtual index card organization tool.

Hollywood Script Express Integration

Version 3.1 now integrates direct access to Movie Outline Software’s unique online screenwriting service that offers intellectual property registration and professional script copying and binding with same-day courier delivery within Los Angeles and express shipping to any international destination. “This integration will assist writers from concept to submission so that Movie Outline becomes a key tool throughout a project’s development” states Product Manager Evelyne Kennedy. “Our aim is simple: to make the writing process as effortless as possible and by offering users the ability to upload a script and have it in the hands of a producer the same day is just another step toward that goal.”

Download a Free Trial or view the Product Tour.

Educational Solutions

Movie Outline 3 is ideal for students learning screenwriting because of its intuitive and structured approach to story development which can easily be tailored into modules for teaching. The software is already being adopted by schools and universities across North America and Europe and Nuvotech strongly supports this through affordable academic pricing for individual licenses and multiple seats for screenwriting labs.

Pricing and Availability

Movie Outline 3.1 screenwriting software will initially only be available as a download from the Movie Outline website but will shortly be released through retailers worldwide including the Apple Store, CompUSA, Amazon, Fry’s Electronics, Micro Center and The Writer’s Store. The suggested retail price is $199.95 but competitive upgrades are available and registered users of any previous version can upgrade for $49 through March 31st.

About Nuvotech

Nuvotech is a software and Web 2.0 services company based in London, England. It was founded in 1999 by produced screenwriter and director Dan Bronzite to publish innovative software and services for the creative industry. Its most recognized brands are Movie Outline a cross-platform screenplay development application and Hollywood Script Express a script copying and delivery service in Los Angeles.

Nuvotech Releases Movie Outline 3.0

Filed under: Press Releases by admin @ 2:27 pm on October 14, 2007

October 14, 2007  (London, UK) — Nuvotech is pleased to announce the release of Movie Outline 3.0, an innovative screenplay development application for step-outlining, character development and screenplay formatting.

Product Development Strategy

“Our intention right from the beginning of our development cycle was to take as much time as necessary to create a powerful application that fulfilled the screenwriter’s needs on every level.” said Dan Bronzite, CEO of Nuvotech. “In its first incarnation, Movie Outline was simply a step-outliner that enabled the writer to plan their story by combining scenes into key events. With the release of version 2.0 we took a major step forward by adding the ability to structure your story into color-coded Acts. Now with version 3.0 you can create character profiles and arcs, organize your story using virtual drag and drop index cards and write a full screenplay which is automatically formatted to the industry standard layout as you type. It really is the ultimate screenwriter’s tool.”

Product Launch

Movie Outline 3.0 will be officially launched at the Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles which will be taking place at the Marriott and Renaissance Hotels, October 25-28 2007.

About Movie Outline

Movie Outline is innovative screenplay development software for both the amateur and professional screenwriter which uses the simple technique of step-outlining to build your story, characters and screenplay scene by scene, allowing you to focus on each key event of your script without losing sight of the bigger picture.

With Movie Outline you can easily plan and customize your story structure, color-code acts, rearrange scenes, develop and track characters, format your screenplay to industry standard and even gauge the progress of your own story to that of included outlines and analyses of successful Hollywood movies, allowing you to simultaneously compare your own narrative’s pacing with the pros.

New in Version 3.0

  • Screenplay Formatting & Auto-Complete
  • Character Development & Tracking Tools
  • FeelFactor Story Analysis Graphs
  • Visual Drag & Drop Index Cards
  • Drag & Drop Steps/Tasks in your Outline/Tasks List
  • Customizable Color-Coded PowerView Structure Templates
  • Sample Structure Templates including the Hero’s Journey
  • Dialogue Spotlight to view a character’s isolated dialogue
  • Notes & Script Sections for each step
  • Powerful Import, Print & Export Facility
  • Ability to export your own projects into your Reference Library
  • 12 Updated Reference Outlines & Analyses with FeelFactor graphs
  • Speedier, more intelligent Spell-Checker with live spell-checking
  • Powerful Thesaurus with synonyms, antonyms, definitions and examples
  • Ability to Merge Steps & Copy/Paste Story Tasks
  • Insert Special Characters Feature
  • Title Page creation
  • Auto-Backup facility
  • Integrated Check For Updates
  • Deactivation Feature to transfer activations to another computer
  • Improved Step & Task Highlight Feature
  • Draggable Window Divider to customize your workspace
  • SmartHelp to view context sensitive help with your mouse
  • Tip of the Day now has even with more screenwriting advice
  • 100% Cross-Platform
  • Plus a fresher user-interface with many enhancements!

Key Features:

  • Screenplay Formatting & Auto-Complete
  • Character Development Tools
  • Story Analysis Graphs
  • Visual Index Cards
  • Customizable Color-Coded Structure Templates
  • Dialogue Focus Feature
  • Notes & Script Sections for each step
  • Powerful Print Export Facility
  • 12 Reference Outlines & Analyses
  • 100% Cross-Platform

Reference Plugins Included:

  • Die Hard
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Ghost
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Pretty Woman
  • Scream
  • Seven
  • Spider-Man
  • Terminator
  • There’s Something About Mary
  • True Romance
  • When Harry Met Sally

Mac System Requirements:

  • Macintosh® OS X operating system
  • 75 MB of free hard disk space
  • 1 GHz CPU
  • G4 or above PowerPC or Intel processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • VGA (800×600) or higher monitor resolution
  • Internet Connection for Download and Product Activation

Windows System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows® 2000/XP operating system
  • 52 MB of free hard disk space
  • 1 GHz CPU or higher
  • Intel Pentium/Celeron Compatible Processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • VGA (800×600) or higher monitor resolution
  • Internet Connection for Download and Product Activation

About Nuvotech

Movie Outline is developed and distributed internationally by Nuvotech, a British technology company based in London, founded by produced screenwriter and director Dan Bronzite to publish innovative software for the creative industry.

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