Importing your script will make it convenient to access anytime and will give you the ability to tag elements, create shooting schedules, shot lists and storyboards.
Note: Users on the Free plan will be able to import 50% of their script so they can demo the software. To import an entire screenplay, you must first subscribe to our Indie or Studio plan.
Import your screenplay
- On the Stripboard page, click Import Script.
- Drag and drop your script file (.fdx, .fountain or PDF) or click Browse to select a file.
Tip: You can use WriterDuet to convert your screenplay to a .fdx file.
Why did only half my script import?
If only a few of the scenes in your script imported, this is because you're subscribed to the Free plan, which only allows you to import 50% of your screenplay. To import the whole script, you must be subscribed to a higher plan.
What format can I import my screenplay in?
You can import your screenplay if it's a PDF, .fdx, or .fountain file. There is no need to convert it to another format before importing to StudioBinder.
Why does it only import 1 scene?
If you are importing a multi-scene screenplay and it only imports 1 Scene, this is most likely caused by a formatting error. For example, if your Scene Heading is not marked as such in the scriptwriting platform that you're using, then it will not consider it a "Scene" when you import. In addition, we suggest importing a script that's in .fdx format since this contains the most amount of metadata and will ensure Scenes are broken up properly.
What happens when I import a new version of my screenplay?
When you import a new version of your script, a new version of your shooting schedule, shot list, breakdown, and storyboard will automatically be generated. Your work is not lost or deleted, in fact, you can roll back to a previous version of your stripboard if needed.
Why are my scenes or page numbers not showing after I imported my script?
Before you import your screenplay into StudioBinder, you should Generate scene numbers in Final Draft. This will help avoid having to edit each strip manually.
- In Final Draft, go to Production and select Scene Numbers.
- Select Remove numbers from the pop up box, and click OK.
- Go to Production and select Scene Numbers again.
- Select Number/Renumber
- Select the element you want to number and Click OK.
Tip: If importing isn't instant, there may be script formatting that must be resolved prior to importing.
Best Practices When importing your Screenplay
- Before importing your screenplay, we suggest making sure your formatting is correct in order to make the most of our software.
- If you've made changes to your Screenplay, and don't need to start from scratch, remember that you can always add a scene manually to avoid the need to redo work already completed.
Great, now that you imported your screenplay, it's time to:
- Start tagging elements in the Breakdown page to create reports
- Create a Shot List or a Storyboard for your project
- You can also add new scenes manually to your Shooting schedule!