Saturday, October 07, 2006

Script Buddy


In other posts, I've raved about Writely, the free, web-based alternative to Microsoft Word. It's simple, reliable, and did I mention it's free? Just go to www.writely.com and Bob's your uncle... though thankfully not Microsoft Bob.

The success of Writely has inspired a number of web-based tools, including one for screenwriters. It's called Script Buddy, and you can find it (where else?) at www.scriptbuddy.com. There is no fee to write and store your scripts, but there is a $5 a month membership fee if you'd like to export them to PDF's. Seems reasonable.

The interface is a little awkward, unless I'm missing something. It seems to take an extra click or two to move from one element to another. Still, it works well and it's free... and if you're a beginning screenwriter without a lot of extra cash -- and is there any other kind? -- Script Buddy is a good way to get started.

2 comments:

joe shmo. said...

who wrote the scripts of Abbott and Costello's rountine 7x13=28? i am doing that for a fine arts skit thing with my friend for state competition...and i can't seem to find who wrote the lines. do you have any idea? i typed that in google and this was the first site that up. =). thank you.

Michael Markowitz said...

This blog probably came up in the search because I posted the video of the routine here:

http://tinyurl.com/dxvvhh

Abbott & Costello did this classic in movies and on TV, but the first time they did it on screen was in 1941 in IN THE NAVY. According to Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_the_Navy_(film)

The movie was written by Arthur T. Horman and John Grant. It wouldn't surprise me, though, if A&C and/or others had done this routine before in vaudeville, in which case you'd have to find someone better informed than I to know who was the first to come up with it. It is, however, very consistent with other A&C routines (check out the $50 loan from BUCK PRIVATES, for example.)

In short, I think you'd be very safe in simply crediting it to Abbott & Costello. Hope this helps, and break a leg!