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What Is It?
Scriptalay is our moniker for “Script Granthalay”, which means “Script Library”. From Scriptalay, you can download screenplays and templates. Click on the “Scriptalay” button on the toolbar to pull its dialog.
As you can see the dialog box has two tabs.
The screenplays tab lists a few screenplays of popular films on our library.
These screenplays are available in Scrite format. You can download and save them on your computer, try out all features of Scrite.
Screenplays on the Scriptalay library were created using an older version of Scrite when index card features were not available. Which is why when you switch to the Structure tab, you won’t see index cards – but only synopsis cards.
Once you download the screenplay, you can convert synopsis cards into index cards by going to Settings > Additional and check the “Use Index Cards” option.
When you apply the settings, you will notice that all synopsis cards on the structure have been replaced by index cards.
However, as you can see, the index cards continue to use the same positioning as the old synopsis cards. By clicking on the “Beat Board Layout” option on the toolbar, you can reposition index cards to use a proper layout.
The Templates Tab
The templates tab lists popular screenplay and structure templates. As of writing, it lists the following templates – all of which are structure templates.
Upon downloading the template, Scrite will present you with a skeleton structure in the form of tagged index cards on which you can map your own story.
The templates tab of Scriptalay is also shown when you click on the New Document button in toolbar.
Upcoming Feature – Structure Super-imposition
We are building a feature in Scrite that will eventually let users overlay a standard structure on top of an existing screenplay. Such “overlayable structures” will also be offered by Scriptalay.
For example, below we have a screenplay of Knives Out imported from a PDF file available here.
As you can see the screenplay has been imported with a random color assigned to each index card, which have no tags.
But what if we could overlay or super-impose the “Save The Cat” structure on this screenplay? We know that a screenplay built using the “Save The Cat” structure has elements showing up at specific pages in a 110 page screenplay.
What if we could scale-fit this structure? Well that’s exactly what the next upcoming feature in Scrite will do.
Once super-imposed, we may still have to manually adjust structure element tags to make it accurate. But at the very least, we will get a good foundation to work on.
We hope to make this feature available, before we have to move into the 0.7 beta series.
In the next article we walk you through all the export options available in Scrite, so you can share your screenplay with others or even continue working on your screenplay using other apps.