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  • #7462
    Anita Tucker
    Participant

    I’d like to set up a creative writing website. I have tried downloading some pages from a film script but the format goes all over the place. How can I keep it intact and exactly as I wrote it? I use Final Draft with its own inbuilt formatting.

    #7463
    Jamie Marsland
    Keymaster

    Hi Anita,

    Could you provide the link to your site please :)

    Thanks,
    Jamie

    #7464
    Anita Tucker
    Participant

    Hi Jamie,

    Haven’t got a website yet – thought I’d walk though the recently acquired  tutorials first….    I did try to import and also cut and paste my screenplay in the past, when I was ploughing through WordPress alone before I joined Pootlepress, but the formatting got lost and the text was a mess.

     

    #7465
    Jamie Marsland
    Keymaster

    Hi Anita,

    Ok I think this will need some investigating as I haven’t used Final Draft myself :)

    One option is that you could upload as a PDF but this may be not what you are looking to do?

    Jamie

    #7466
    Anita Tucker
    Participant

    Well, the plan was to upload 10 or so pages per week (inc pictures and possibly music).  It means I would be constantly adding to it.  Which would mean it would have to jump in and out of PDF documents and that wouldn’t work.

    I really hope it can be done :/

    #7469
    Anita Tucker
    Participant

    Hi Jamie,
    From Final Draft: Your best bet would be to export your script as an html file to work with. 

    On a Mac:
    Open your script and choose Save As. Then choose “HTML document” from the File Type pull down menu at the bottom of the pop up window. Click Save.

    Do you think this would work?  If so it might also be useful info for others. Anita

    #7470
    Jamie Marsland
    Keymaster

    Hi Anita,

    It’s worth a go….however your WordPress theme might not keep the formatting and styling. Let me know how you go :)

    Jamie

    #7471
    Anita Tucker
    Participant

    but, but…..  I don’t wantto set up a website, and pay for a host etc – if it won’t work….  One more thing, how do I put my own picture at the top instead of the default theme?  (I’m sure I’ll get over these teething problems soon!)

    #7472
    Jamie Marsland
    Keymaster

    If you email me the html file I will try it out for you …jamie@pootlepress.co.uk

    Re your own picture on the top …this depends on what WordPress theme you are using to build your website,

    Jamie

    #7476
    Anita Tucker
    Participant

    Script created with Final Draft by Final Draft, Inc.

    Hi Jamie,Hope all is well with you.  Here is the same scrap but cut and pasted.  The font has changed!
    INT. SMALL CLASSROOM – DAY

    Twenty students sit in rapt attention. A handsome PROFESSOR
    scrawls ‘FORMATTING” across the blackboard.

    CHARLIE suddenly throws his hand up.

    CHARLIE
    How do you handle phonecalls?

    The professor walks to Charlie’s desk

    PROFESSOR
    Excellent question
    The above is a scrap of nonsense to show inbuilt formatting
    in Final Draft that I am trying to retain when transferring
    to WordPress.

    [
    top
    ]

    Script created with Final Draft by Final Draft, Inc.

    #7477
    Anita Tucker
    Participant

    file://localhost/Users/anitatucker/Desktop/ScrapForJamie.html

     

    This is the HTML file dragged onto here…..not sure what you’re seeing!

    #7478
    Anita Tucker
    Participant

    The formatting as well as the font changed  but the font re-arranged itself once submitted.  Sorry if I’m confusing you.  My hair is also standing on end!

    #7485
    Jamie Marsland
    Keymaster

    Hi Anita,

    Sorry I mean could you email me the actual source file (as an attachment). Can you email to @pootlepress.co.uk">jamie@pootlepress.co.uk.

    Thanks,

    Jamie

    #7497
    Jamie Marsland
    Keymaster

    Hi Anita,

    I’ve just uploaded a test here http://www.socialpress.co.uk/sample-page/.

    Is this any good – I don’t really know what the original looks like :)

    Jamie

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