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Pamela PattonSoftware for writing treatments
by on Oct 9, 2008 at 3:35:07 am

Hi all, new to the forum. I've been searching for a template/macro/software program that will help me write treatments for corporate videos. Surprisingly (to me) there's nothing with FInalDraft AV. My searches keep turning ScriptWerx, but it doesn't seem to work with the latest versions of Word.

I work on a Mac, run Leopard and Word 2004. Any direction is greatly appreciated.

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Bob O'HearnRe: Software for writing treatments
by on Oct 9, 2008 at 10:11:45 am


I just purchased Scriptwerx and I am running the same set up as you are: Mac, Leopard and Word 2004. Works just fine.


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John MorleyRe: Software for writing treatments
by on Oct 17, 2008 at 4:13:40 am

Dear Pamela,
Bob is right. I updated the final version of Script Werx for Macintosh for Word 2004, and that is what I'm running on my computer as well. It is Word 2008 on Macintosh that no longer supports the programming language used to develop Script Werx (Visual Basic). Although I am no longer selling the retail version of Script Werx, I believe that still has some copies selling for a discounted price.

That acknowledged, the formatting for a corporate video treatment is pretty straight forward. It is mostly full margin with a few bullet lists and a budget and timeline at the end. Which is to say that the value of the treatment template is primarily in the advice provided on how to craft the language, rather than software functionally. So even if you were using it with Microsoft Word 2008, it would still provide most of the help available for writing a creative treatment. It's the screenplay and video script formatting that make heavy use of macros that no longer works with Word 2008.

If you would like to also see a sample treatment, I would be happy to send you the example out of my book, Scriptwriting for High-Impact Videos. Just contact me through the Web site and write that you are taking me up on my offer made through Creative COW.
Best of luck with your treatment.
John Morley

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Larry WattsRe: Software for writing treatments
by on Jan 20, 2009 at 4:31:22 pm


I'd love to see your script sample as well!

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John MorleyRe: Software for writing treatments
by on Jan 22, 2009 at 4:08:31 pm

Thanks for your interest Larry,

I have sent samples to the email address you provided. Best of luck with your script and let me know if I can help you further.

John Morley

Author of Scriptwriting for High-Impact Videos

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Mike SmithRe: Software for writing treatments
by on Nov 11, 2008 at 10:17:50 am

You could always try, which people speak well of, or of course open office

Though you won't need me to point out that pretty well any word processor will do ... what makes a script (or a video) sing is the quality of the ideas, not what it was done on!

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