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Short of Stories returns!

Almost four months away from these lands i adore. But for good reasons: 1) i was too busy working; 2) there wasn’t much left to talk. There’s nothing to talk about the first, yet the latter demands some sort of attention. Short of Stories has a theme, but wasn’t planned, there was no schedule and soon the well went dry. Writing about the craft of screenwriting is hard, when you reduce the niche to short films it gets even harder. There are several great screenwriting blogs around, yet they don’t DISCUSS the craft all the time, most of them post news about the screenwriting business scenario, inspiring quotes. It’s talking ON screenwriting, not ABOUT. I’m certainly not criticizing this way to build a screenwriting blog, sincerely it’s the way it has to be in order to keep a regular flux of posts, however it doesn’t mean that i’m going for it.

After all these months, i’ve prepared some sort of schedule to keep Short of Stories going. What follows is a list of subjects i’m willing to approach in the upcoming weeks:

  1. Successful short films: this will be our regular posting, covering great shorts films and what we can extract from them. Expect Pixar;
  2. Short Formats – Web Series: returning to my series to fix this huge mistake. How could i miss web series?
  3. Feedback: what it REALLY is and how to get the proper one;
  4. Funding: How to get the money to produce the short film. Crowdfunding anyone?
  5. Apps to help you develop your story: Covering some applications to make your life easier (unfortunately this will be mac only).

Remember that i’m really open to dialogue. I would love to review reader’s scripts or watch their short films. And write about it, obviously. Use the contact form or the comments’ section to send suggestions and whatever you feel that this blog is missing.

Overall, i hope this is a good pick-up point. Stay tuned.


Final Draft Flurry Icon

Taking a break from our studies, i decided to customize my Macbook Pro. Yeah, sounds quite silly, but most screenwriters use a Mac and we’ll all give you the same reason: Final Draft. You can still write your scripts in other programs, like Celtx, which is quite great, but FD is the standard so you better get used to it.

After a long crusade to customize my dock and the icons on it, i decided to set all my applications to flurry icons, square formats. The problem is that i couldn’t find an icon for Final Draft. See, it might sound stupid, but i like to see my workplace pretty, so i decided to create a flurry icon for Final Draft.

UPDATE: Now you can download it in a proper icon format, which makes it look great and quite impressive, i must say. The installation stills the same, but now it work even without candies.

For this post i decided to share it, because i certainly believe this is an annoyance for many others.

The quality is awful, i must admit, is not a dynamic, vectorized icon, but i’m not a designer either, so we’re even.

If you’re using Lion as i do, just click in this image at the left and save the

larger version in your Mac. Go to the folder you just saved it and copy it

(Command + C). Go to Applications, right click at Final Draft and go at Get Info. Can you see that tiny icon in the upper-left corner of the info window which just popped up? Click on it. The icon will highlight. Press Command + V and you’ll see your brand-new icon there. Close the Info window. If you have Final Draft opened, just restart it and your icon will be there :)

In case it doesn’t work and you get an ugly PNG file as icon, well, it happens s

ometimes and i don’t know how to solve it the hard way, i got CandyBar before all this and whenever i had this problem switching icons directly, the program would make it work.

My desktop ended up looking quitee good, don’t you think? Click in the right to check it out.

Come back tomorrow for the procedure of our article series.

UPDATE: If you want a minimalistic icon for Final Draft, yes, i’ve made one too, check it out.

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