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Le 2010-11-13 21:17, Alan C. Baird a écrit :
Proposal for significantly enlarging LibreOffice's user base with Screenwright(R)

13 November 2010 by Alan C. Baird, prizewinning writer and creator of the
Screenwright(R) screenplay formatter [winner of the Sun/OOo CIP award]

Executive Summary: enable screenplay formatting in LibreOffice to distinguish it from OpenOffice.

Pitch: Every aspiring screenwriter has a movie in his/her head that needs to get down on paper. 
However, some film production companies won't accept a script submission if the formatting is even 
ONE POSITION off! So ensuring that screenplays are formatted correctly is an obsession of 
screenwriters everywhere. But formatting a script can be an expensive proposition; 78 commercial 
formatters are listed at The Writers Store. A screenwriter could easily spend $200 or more on 
software, just to get a screenplay into acceptable shape.

UNLESS s/he uses LibreOffice in conjunction with the Screenwright(R) screenplay formatting template.

We all want our scripts to be eligible for the next multimillion-dollar spec auction, so some of us even carry our latest 
screenplays in our glove compartments, on the off-chance that we might meet someone who can help. In the movie "Monster In A 
Box," Spalding Gray talks about one of his trips to Los Angeles: «I had no idea how difficult it would be to find people not 
involved in the film industry until I got out there and saw a special on television - in which they were interviewing people in 
the parking lot of a Shop Rite supermarket. As people came out with their groceries, the interviewer would go up to them and say, 
"Hi there, good morning! Tell us, how's your film script going?" And everyone said, "What?! How did you 
know?" Right up to the cashier.»

If the Screenwright(R) screenplay formatting template can be included as an integral part of the 
upcoming LibreOffice release, it will send a clear signal--to filmmakers in particular and to the 
Entertainment sector in general--that LibreOffice is ready to address the industry's unique 
text-processing and -formatting needs. News travels fast among members of the Entertainment 
industry, and they tend to be the gatekeepers and style leaders for the culture at large.

Historical context: OOo Writer is the first (and for now, the only) full-featured word processor 
that will easily format a screenplay at no cost whatsoever. But it requires a template download. If 
LibreOffice wants to capitalize on this unique opportunity, the template could be integrated in the 
upcoming LibreOffice release.

Alan C. Baird
Mesa, Arizona USA

Extra: using your iPod to write screenplays.
[You can also use your iPhone, thumb/flash drive, mp3 player, or favorite USB storage device.] It's 
a snap:

A) At the bottom of your iPod's "Summary" tab in iTunes, check the "Enable disk use" box, and click the 
"Apply" button.
B) Download and install the latest free (LibreOffice?) Portable suite on your iPod.
C) Download and install this free template on your iPod.

When we stay in Tucson with my wife's friend--who has a Windows computer, but no Internet 
connection--I keep myself entertained by working on my latest screenplay or just kicking back and 
listening to some music (perhaps Mark Knopfler's Screenplaying). I can also use the iPod to revise 
my script on the public computers in: (1) my local library, (2) London's Heathrow airport, (3) 
Beijing's cyber-cafés, etc.

PS: My iPod is one of the smallest models, an old 2GB Nano. I had already loaded nearly 18 hours of 
music (201 songs) and 33 photos onto it. Now that it contains the (LibreOffice?) 
Portable software and my screenplay, it still shows over 606MB (33%) of free space.

Neat! This is a really extraordinary template! Great work Alan! I am very interested in expanding our templates repository and this is exactly the kind of template offering that I was advocating in another one of our threads on creating "Template Teams". It has been quite a hot topic and I am quite encouraged by the feedback and suggestions. You may be interested in reading the thread here:

We should maybe first discuss the merits of having default extensions installed on the LibO distro. We have spoken about LibO bloat on one of our discussions, but it was mostly about extensions. However, we should also include templates into the debate. Of concern is many of our members have dial-up / cellphone connections. All of the added bells and whistles add up to quite a large download. We really do have to keep an eye on this.

I, for one, am an advocate of "the user should always be in charge" of his LibO distro. I think in this case I would still vote to have the template stored in the LibO repository and interested users would then be able to download the template from the LibO Template Repository (yes, there will be such a beast). IMO, most users downloading a specific template would normally cruise the rest of the repository and take note of the different templates available to the distro and hopefully recommend the distro + OtherInterstingTemplate to someone else. Thus creating some self-marketing. A form of self-advertising.

The Screenwright template fits well with my suggestion of creating "Template Teams". Template teams would be comprised of specialists (such as yourself) who would create specialized templates for the LibO distro. The team would also be a sub-group of the marketing arm of LibO and LibO marketers would then carry through with strategic marketing of these templates. For example, a marketing campaign would market your extension to screenwriters. I believe this tactic would most likely create a larger buzz that just loading the extension with LibO by default.

A couple of comments about your template. Have you installed the template on the latest LibO version? You should test it on LibO and on each released version. Note that we are about to release the next beta version (if I am correct). On the Screenwright template site, some users were asking for a short primer on how to use the template. Is there one available? I also notice your facebook site ( has an "Instructions for dummies?" but there is really no instructions there. I really would encourage a primer for beginners, just to set them on to the right path. Thereafter, reading up on screenwriter books, would be the obvious next step. I don't think users are really expecting/looking for much in a primer.

Also, could you test the upload of your template into our Drupal repository? We have a test site and the templates section has been completed and ready for tweaking. We would really be interested in your impression both from a template developer point of view as well as a "user downloader" point of view. You can reach the test site here:
Create an account and you will then be mailed a password.

Thanks for the amazing contribution.


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