Wondering what to get for that special screenwriter on your holiday shopping list? Worry no more! The Script Lab is here to help you find the perfect gifts that will keep your favorite screenwriters tip-tapping on their keyboards the whole year through.
1. Final Draft
Final Draft is the industry standard of screenwriting software, used by the pros in Hollywood. If a screenwriter wants to be taken seriously, he or she needs to know Final Draft! With the new updates in Final Draft 11, writers can collaborate with each other, easily track revisions, and outline and plan their scripts beat-by-beat before writing. It’s a must-have for any professional or aspiring screenwriter.
Masterclass offers premium access to fantastic advice from the world’s top experts, including award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin! These masterclasses offer an affordable and efficient way for screenwriters to educate themselves on a variety of topics.
3. TSL 360
For a deep dive into a screenwriting education, go for a TSL 360 membership! With unlimited access to over 100 educational and inspiring videos featuring Hollywood’s leading writers, agents, managers, producers, and consultants, this is the gift that keeps on giving. New videos and interviews are being added every month! Help the screenwriter on your list navigate the complexities of Hollywood without ever having to leave the couch. (Except for snacks, of course.) Plus, there’s a free 3-day trial if you want to try it out first before gifting it.
4. Laptop Stand
Hours of screenplay revising can take a toll on the body, especially if a writer is crouched over a laptop all day. Laptop stands raise the laptop screen to eye level for better ergonomics, reduced strain, and a more relaxed posture while typing.
Typing FADE OUT at the end of a first draft is only the beginning! It’s vital that screenwriters get feedback on their scripts throughout the writing process, so that their scripts have the best chance of faring well in the marketplace. WeScreenplay offers three levels of coverage from professional readers who can help writers take their scripts to the next level! All coverage packages include a 72-hour turnaround time at no additional charge. Buy a bundle to save.
6. Coffee Shop Gift Card
Especially in Los Angeles, coffee shops are often filled with working and aspiring writers clacking away on their keyboards while downing lattes (and those cake pop thingys.) Help fuel your favorite screenwriter’s Hollywood ambitions (and caffeine addiction) with a gift card to his or her favorite coffee shop! Who knows—once that script is finished, you might get thanked in an Oscar speech one day. No links here, just go to their favorite shop and pick one up.
Show your support for the screenwriter on your list with some custom swag! Café Press offers everything from screenwriting-themed coffee mugs to T-shirts to messenger bags. They even offer a mega-mug that holds 20 ounces of coffee, perfect for those all-nighters before a big deadline!
8. Screenwriting Books
Every screenwriter can benefit from reading screenwriting books to get a solid foundation in the craft. Classics like Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, Story by Robert McKee, Writing the Pilot by William Rabkin, The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler and The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier are readily available online and contain a wealth of valuable information. Additionally, Screencraft’s e-books are comprehensive guides to the industry that can be downloaded onto a tablet quickly and easily.
Has the screenwriter on your list been talking about finishing a script forever, but never gets around to it? Give that kick in the pants he or she needs to write that screenplay and get it out there. Courses include “Write Your Screenplay in 60 Days,” “Write Your Comedy Pilot in 30 Days,” and “Write Your Drama Pilot in 45 Days.”
The curators at the Criterion Collection are committed to showcasing the best films from around the world in state-of-the-art restorations. Select from almost 1300 films to help the screenwriter on your list gain a valuable film education. The Criterion Collection is also launching a new streaming channel a few months from now, so an advanced Charter Subscription would be a fantastic gift your screenwriter can open in the Spring!
Let’s face it: not everyone is gifted with good grammar. Grammarly Premium helps take the stress out of writing by performing critical grammar and spelling checks, doing advanced checks on punctuation, grammar, context, and sentence structure, offering vocabulary enhancement suggestions, and much more. Now your fave screenwriter can enjoy writing without worry!
Give the gift of networking this Christmas! The ScreenCraft Writers Summit in Atlanta is the best way to get an industry education, inspiration, and some southern hospitality all in one weekend. Badge holders can enjoy three days of panels, parties, luncheons, and pitches with Oscar, Emmy, and WGA Award-winning writers of film and television. It’s a gift your favorite screenwriter will never forget!
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Rebecca Norris is a producer, writer, and filmmaker with her production company, Freebird Entertainment. Her recent award-winning feature film, Cloudy With a Chance of Sunshine, has been distributed on Amazon Streaming and DVD. Rebecca is also a script analyst and consultant who has read for many companies, including Sundance, ScreenCraft, Bluecat, and the International Emmys, as well as her own script consultancy, Script Authority. Rebecca blogs for Screencraft, The Script Lab, WeScreenplay and Script Magazine, exploring the film writing and production process and encouraging writers to produce their own work. Follow Rebecca’s posts on Twitter at @beckaroohoo!