Fountain Loader 2.0
I’m releasing a major new update to my screenwriting app, Fountain Loader.
To quickly recap, Fountain Loader is a web app that makes it easy to write screenplays in Google Docs.
It builds off the brilliant work of John August, Nima Yousefi, and Stu Maschwitz who created the fountain screenwriting format.
What the hell is a screenwriting format? Well fountain is really just a basic set of formatting rules. If you write text that follows those rules, then that text can be easily converted into a finished screenplay using great programs like Highland, Slugline, and now Fountain Loader.
Here’s a BEFORE and AFTER example to help you get the idea.
What’s New: Final Draft Support & Multicam Support
The new Fountain Loader can now not only preview screenplays but also convert fountain files into Final Draft FDX files, complete with title pages. What’s more, it has some features that even Highland and Slugline lack.
If you’re writing a television script rather than a feature film script, Fountain Loader has built-in tools to make that easier. By labeling the top of your script with the “Format: Multicam” tag, Fountain Loader will automatically produce a Final Draft file with classic sitcom formatting. It will also convert Act Breaks into their proper Final Draft elements rather than just converting them into centered action text.
The new Final Draft export feature also supports script notes and some really complicated overlapping text styles.1
Google Docs is Now Screenwriting Software
I made this update because my writing partner and I were writing a multicam script, and everytime I wanted to check the page count, I had to copy and paste the script into Highland, output a Final Draft file, then open up Final Draft, import a multicam template, and then fix all the act breaks. Now that’s a one-click process.
It’s been a huge improvement for us. Writing a screenplay collaboratively in Google Docs is now much, much easier. When we were staff writers on NBC’s About a Boy, we wrote our episode in Google Docs using fountain and Fountain Loader. Everything we write from now on will live in Google Docs and then end up in Final Draft only when we’re ready to distribute our scripts.
- For more information about how Fountain Loader works, check out my original post announcing the project.
- If you want to learn how to write in fountain, check out the fountain syntax page.
Fountain Loader does a good job with tricky, edge case Fountain formatting. EXAMPLE: “_David is **stunned**. How could *she* do this ***to*** him?_” ↩