What the Screenwriting Industry Needs in 2020



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For nearly a century, screenwriting has long remained an industry that’s relied on trusty old tools for effective creative writing. Whether that’s been a pen and notepad, a typewriter, or in recent decades a personal computer, the idea has been the same: help writers get their ideas into black and white.

In some ways, don’t fix it if it ain’t broke as the saying goes. Bells and whistles that distract writers can certainly do more harm than good during the creative process, but our online digital world of the 21st century has driven the need for smart integration with apps, increased functionality, and more for screenwriters.

Industry Standards

Many industries have standards in place that are well-established and generally understood by anyone undertaking the trade. Carpenters have fairly standard tools to measure and cut wood to metric size consistently, graphic designers must have some proficiency with Adobe Photoshop or a derivative product and create graphics in widely used file formats, and more.

Screenwriting’s standards are surprisingly fairly inconsistent and lacking. Many screenwriters expect to create files exported into PDF, which is great since PDF files are fairly universally understood and read. But PDF is rarely used to create the content itself. Whether you’re having a go with Microsoft Word or are using the latest edition of Final Draft, your writing, editing, and formatting needs to come from some form of software at some point.

Digital Platforms Are the Future

Apps and software nowadays are readily developed for online use, and that’s an extremely important development when it comes to collaboration, software updating and patching, and interoperability. Screenwriting sorely lacks great collaborative software that can be used as an industry software, but it seems clear that the demand for such a script writing software could bring about standardisation across the industry.

What is Expected of Screenwriters in 2020?

More than ever, there’s a demand for additional detail and richness to action sequences in screenwriting. Like descriptions in a book, screenwriters require granular detail to clearly convey sequences and to demonstrate the intent and theme they’re after to directors and producers.

So this is how it used to be

Perhaps your script doesn’t require a Herman Melville level of detail, but what if you could have a way to use smart tags to attach character profiles and sequence detail without detracting from the content itself, that’s a great benefit without cluttering your core manuscript.

SPSCloud Screenwriting Software

Seeing the need for such problems, SPSCloud launched to great acclaim with the goal of providing screenwriters a clear and concise digital platform ready-made for our digital world at affordable prices and with all of the functionality expected of professional screenwriters.

Lowering the barrier to entry is important for aspiring screenwriters much like how the advent of the smartphone now makes most of us potential entrepreneurs for a fraction of the costs of decades prior. Whether you’re a creative writing student or a budding screenwriter or simply like to write engaging and fun stories SPSCloud provides the functionality expected from a digital platform and the ability to collaborate in real-time with others working on the same draft.

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