Can I use “CUT TO:” when moving between scenes? Do I have to?

“CUT TO:” can be a useful transition when you need to be extra-clear we’re moving to a new place and/or time. However, with the presence of scene headers, it is by no means necessary, and in modern screenplays it is often not used at all. In a 2003 blog post, John August names three situations […]

What is Highland?

Highland is a screenplay utility for Mac that seamlessly converts PDF screenplays into editable Fountain or Final Draft files, and back again. (It’s also a text editor, so you can write your screenplay directly in Highland, too.) Highland is available in the Mac App Store. More from johnaugust.com What format should I send my script […]

How do I import a Fountain file into Final Draft?

If you have a Mac, the easiest way to convert Fountain files into Final Draft files is to use Highland. Highland is a screenplay utility for Mac that seamlessly converts Fountain files into Final Draft files or PDF scripts, and back again. (It’s also a text editor, so you can write your screenplay directly in […]

What format should my script be in when I send it out?

Generally, it’s best to send your scripts out as PDFs. PDFs are simple, not writeable or editable (unless you have Highland), and universally readable. With other formats, you run risks. For example, if you were to send your script out in FDX, it’s possible the recipient wouldn’t have Final Draft and wouldn’t be able to […]