Non Linear Narratives. Seminaire by Guy Meredith

Last week, I had the chance to attend a seminar by scriptwriter Guy Meredith about Non linear narrative structures. The seminar was free and organized by Fonction Cinema.

Guy comes to Geneva from time to time to deliver interesting one day courses.  I would recommend his seminars to anyone who approach movies from a storytelling perspective, in opposition to a ‘Goddard’-like vision (or should I say hallucination?)

Resources for scriptwriting

Some days ago,  I offered myself to read the treatment of a film and give some feedback about the structure of the plot to the writer. This person gave me the treatment in word format, something somehow surprising, given that there are many free software which has been specially conceived to write and develop scripts.

Using the right tools is a plus in every creative process, as it frees the mind from unnecessary obstacles to concentrate in what really matters. In the case of scriptwriting, the best free software out there is (in my opinion) Celtx.

You can get it for free and for every platform et this website

This software allows to create multiple view of your story: text files to work the plot and the treatment, index cards, characters details, production details, locations, props, etc etc. Even more, one of the scriptwriter nightmares is the deliver the final scripts on the right format. Celtx do this for you too.

Personally, i may start writing the ideas and short plots on my notebook (by hand, old style), but as soon as i start imagining characters, or some structure, i open create right away a Celtx file, that I saved on my Dropbox.

Yes, Dropbox is another of the essential tools for a scriptwriter. In fact, for any collaborative process, in which several persons are accessing, reading and modifying a common file.

It’s nothing but a common shared folder located in the cloud. And it’s free.

You can get it here.

Do you want to write a script? Ok, before starting to create, please prepare yourself. Here there some steps that could help (they work for me)

  1. Download Celtx.
  2. Open a DropBox account, and install it in all the computers that you have access (i have 2 macs, 1 laptop, and 1 PC, and i can stop working in one terminal and keep working in another without any trouble)
  3. Look for a writing partner. Really, your script will improve if you share it with someone with a critical and objective vision.
  4. Put yourself a schedule that you can keep (having a writing partner also helps to meet deadlines)

If you do not like Celtx after all, there is other possibilities that you can explore.

There is one more option, of course. You can get a classical typewriter.


But please do not go to a mountain Hotel during the winter with your wife and your kid, unless you want to finish as Jack Torrance.