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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Celtx - Movie, Play, and Cartoon Production Planning

Proof that you should never stop learning and exploring came to me yesterday in the form of a retired drama teacher who asked me to install Celtx on her computer. Someone had mentioned it to her as a tool for writing play scripts, but she needed my help installing it. I had never heard of Celtx prior to yesterday and had this drama teacher not asked for my help, I may never have learned of it.

Celtx provides a great platform for writing scripts, organizing story boards, writing direction notes, and scheduling tasks for completing a project. Celtx does this by providing templates and editing tools designed specifically for script writing. The features that impressed the teacher I was working with yesterday were the auto-formatting of character lines and the option to integrate stage direction notes.

Celtx is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. In addition to free software Celtx offers an online collaboration tool called Celtx Studios, but that is a fee based service.

Applications for Education
Celtx could be a good tool for courses that develop movies, plays, and cartoons from scratch. The tools and templates from Celtx provide a clear and consistent format for students to use.

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