Scripped is a screenwriting application, created to format scripts according to industry standards in the cloud – no download necessary.
Scripped was founded by Sunil Rajaraman and Ryan Buckley and was released in beta on 10/18/07. Advisors include Edward Burns, an award winning actor and Steven de Souza, a producer and director, among other industry leaders. In March 2009, Scripped merged with its major competitor, Zhura. Scripped states that there are over 65,000 writers from over 100 countries use the app.
The application contains screenwriting essentials such as standard tabs and shortcuts that make writing scripts faster and more efficient. Because it requires no download and is cloud-based, it can be accessed from anywhere. The app allows collaboration, contests, and sharing work with a community of screenwriters, format options for different types of script treatments, and more.
On the About page, several tutorials are offered. Topics include how to write a new script on Scripped; How to Import/Export a Script into Scripped; and How to Collaborate on a Script using Scripped. The tutorials are slightly humorous, easy to follow, and very informative.
Scripped runs monthly contests from producers and brands to hopefully get users’ work seen by people in the entertainment industry. They have run contests from Sundance Winner Edward Burns, Award winning screenwriter Steven de Souza, and Heroes star Dawn Olivieri.
The dashboard includes headings for my projects, scripts, ideas, groups, members, discussions, inbox, contact, and log out.
Users can begin by creating a new script, view sample scripts, or create some ideas to get feedback from others. Ideas can be from a variety of genres and must have a title, category, and synopsis. Other users can offer opinions, advice, and more.
Groups may be joined or added and members may be searched and bios viewed. The discussion board offers support from members, scripts and tips, and general discussion.
To create a script, a user can enter a title (this is optional) and then choose a format. The format is required because this determines the editing mode. Users can import existing plain text files or start with a template if desired. The template is very self-explanatory and helps beginners learn how to create and insert content appropriately.
Users can import scripts, but some may need formatting adjustments. Exporting scripts may be done in PDF, Word, Text, and more. PDF offers the most options, including page numbers.
The Collaboration option is achieved by modifying details – to place it in public rather than private. By assigning a Creative Commons Options, users protect your copyright. This would allow collaboration by the entire Scripped population. Most collaborations take place in the group section where users may connect with existing groups or create new groups. Groups can be open, moderated, or private.
Registration requires full name, email, password, gender, date of birth, country, and zip code. To try the Pro Verson for the 30 day free trial, users must provide credit card information.
Optional registration information, that may be added later if desired, includes a photo, talents, bio, favorite movie genres, favorite music genres, hobbies, favorite movies and books, and any web links.
A confirmation email with link is sent to the email address provided in registration.
Scripped is available for a Pro Lifetime membership plan for a onetime fee of $89.95. A Pro Monthly plan is available for $9.95/month with a 30 day free trial. A free subscription without iPhone/iPad compatibility is also offered. Teachers can email for special pricing for classrooms.
Screenwriters who want to use a cloud based tool for creating and formatting scripts as well as getting feedback from other screenwriters may find this a useful tool. By providing formatting to industry standards, Scripped takes one big worry away from writers. The ability to access scripts from anywhere, rather than being locked to one computer, is a huge benefit today – considering the evolution of mobile devices.