Product Reviews

our verdict on screenwriting products and services

 Brock Swinson

Ben Cahan on Talentville and Rising to the Top

Ben Cahan on Talentville and Rising to the Top

Ben Cahan, creator of Final Draft, discusses his online script critiquing platform, Talentville.

By Brock Swinson. After the success of screenwriting software Final Draft, creator Ben Cahan shifted gear to create his newest industry innovation, Talentville. Ideally, the program is much like an enhanced version of a University screenwriting course that allows for writers to share, read, network, learn, and potentially find footing in an overcrowded industry while […]

 Andrew Bloomenthal

Product Review: VideoBlocks

Product Review: VideoBlocks

In this article, we explore the possibilities of the VideoBlocks library.

By Andrew Bloomenthal. This article is a paid advertorial. We were commissioned to review the following website, but the opinions stated are ours. VideoBlocks is a members-only site offering a one-stop shop for stock video. Our members enjoy access to our Unlimited Library and our Global Marketplace. For a monthly fee of $79, VideoBlocks (www.videoblocks.com) […]

 G.N. Jacobs

Product Review: Celtx

Product Review: Celtx

Another writing app that wins some and loses some

by G.N. Jacobs Apparently, I’m the manager/ring announcer of the writing app Thunderdome—“Two enter, one leaves”—because I just deleted Screenplay by Black Mana off my iPhone in favor of Greyfirst’s Celtx. I need the most efficient way to write screenplays, comic book scripts and even the occasional stage play on all my technology. So far, […]

 G.N. Jacobs

Product Review: Documents To Go

Product Review: Documents To Go

This app won’t write your magnum opus, but might pull off a query letter for it

by G.N. Jacobs Documents To Go by Data Viz has been around awhile (I had it on my Palm Pilot, way back when) and has been a generally solid writing app that does a lot of things well. But, it doesn’t do everything, explaining why, like with many apps, there just ain’t no replacing the […]

 G.N. Jacobs

Product Review: Final Draft 8

Product Review: Final Draft 8

The gold standard for screenwriters

by G.N. Jacobs Final Draft 8 as the latest version in a long line (twenty years at least) of software designed to automate the process of getting our words into proper screenplay format would seem nearly so ubiquitous that pack your bags, fellas, it’s all over but the shouting would be the phrase of the […]