From Raindance.org: Money is, by definition, always a difficult issue for the low budget filmmaker. The challenge is in getting as much of your meagre budget up on the screen as possible. With that being the case do you really have the money to throw around on overpriced software packages?
Luckily, by the wonders of open source development, just about every £500 software package has its freebie equivalent.
These packages give you an entire office set up for every stage of the filmmaking process, from drawing up budgets and schedules, writing your script right through to advanced editing and special effects. All for a most reasonable price. Free.
Open Office – Equivalent to Microsoft Office
MAC/PC/LINUXWord and Excel, absolutely essential in running your office but at an annoyingly high price. Not to mention the need to buy it all over again to run on a Mac. So why bother? Open Office has all the features of the Office package in a nicely familiar layout. As a bonus it’s compatible with Mac and PC and can work with Microsoft files. So long Bill Gates.
Get Open Office here
Celtx – Equivalent to Final Draft
If you’re going to get anywhere as a writer then you’re going to have to make sure your scripts are properly formatted. Final Draft’s £200+ price tag mocks the penniless writer, whereas Celtx welcomes him with open arms. Celtx’s range of features is very impressive, functioning perfectly as an intuitive screenwriting package and also offers a complete scheduling and scene breakdown solution.
Get Celtx here