Scene numbers play a very important role in a screenplay, especially when it goes into production.
The product team (line producer, assistant director or any other person involved in production) makes use of scene numbers, sometimes by even customizing them, to better plan schedules, set designs, costumes and so on.
Until Scrite version 0.5.2 beta, scene numbers were automatically generated in a linear (or serial) fashion. It was not possible to change scene numbers.
Some of the early adopters, who are writers & directors from the Kannada Film Industry, who took their writing to production in the last few months reached out to us and gave us this really important feedback that it was important for them to be able to assign custom scene numbers. Director Rohit Padaki specifically asked for custom scene numbers and explained why he and his team depend on it before going into production.
Mr. Sanjay Sharma, an EC member from the Screenwriters Association (India), had detailed conversations with us about the importance of custom scene numbers. He felt that writers use custom scene numbers in Final Draft and when they import their work into Scrite, they are losing out on all of that data and that it was important that Scrite honored custom scene numbers.
So, from the next update of Scrite (version 0.5.3 beta), we will be supporting custom scene numbers. By default Scrite will continue to generate scene numbers automatically, but users can provide a custom scene number for any scene in the screenplay. Scrite will then use the custom scene number for that scene, but auto generate scene numbers for others.
Any custom scene number provided here will be used to reference the scene in exported files and reports.
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