Final Draft - Using Templates

In this second of 6 training modules, learn how to use existing templates to format your Final Draft script into hundreds of popular formats including sitcoms, hour-long dramas, SNL skits, multi-camera shows, Broadway musicals, and novels.

Final Draft - Using Templates

Developed by Jason Tomaric, FilmSkills
ABOUT THIS LESSON
In this second of 6 training modules, learn how to use existing templates to format your Final Draft script into hundreds of popular formats including sitcoms, hour-long dramas, SNL skits, multi-camera shows, Broadway musicals, and novels.
  • 13:02 video that walks you through how to use the templates feature in Final Draft
  • Illustrated companion guide
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • How and why different TV shows use a variety of templates
  • How to create templates
  • How to apply templates
  • How to access templates of past and current TV shows
  • Easy ways to instantly convert your script to another format
ABOUT THE LESSON AUTHOR
Jason Tomaric

Jason Tomaric

Director, Cinematographer Los Angeles, California
Jason J. Tomaric is an Emmy, Telly, and CINE Award-winning director and cinematographer of four internationally-distributed feature films, dozens of national television commercials, music videos, and the largest film training content library in the world, published author of 8 books - used in many top universities, and creator of AccuSkills.com, an industry-changing learning management platform. 
 
Jason has worked in Los Angeles and around the world in over 20 countries. His clients include Disney, NBC/Universal, National Geographic, McDonald’s, Toyota, Scion, Microsoft, and Paul Mitchell, with narrative work screened at Sundance, Slamdance, and South by Southwest film festivals as well as on Netflix and on all broadcast networks.
 
Jason has taught and/or guest lectured at some of the nation's most prestigious film schools including UCLA, Columbia College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, San Francisco State, University of Notre Dame, and numerous film festivals.
 
Jason has written eight industry-defining books, all sold in bookstores, and used in film schools around the world. The American Society of Cinematographers hails Jason's books - "There are no wasted words in Tomaric's tome, which concisely summarizes each facet of the director's craft.  It's difficult to think of a step in the process that Tomaric fails to address." 
 
Jason’s DVD training series on Hollywood film production have trained filmmakers in over 40 countries, with distributors in Europe, Hong Kong, New York and Australia.
 
In 2010, Jason launched FilmSkills, which combines the world’s largest film training video library with his proprietary learning management system.  Adopted by 47 universities within the first year, FilmSkills is now the leading industry-standard training solution for motion picture and television production.
 
In 2015, Jason launched AccuSkills.com, an industry-changing learning management platform that bridges the gap between academia and industry.
THIS LESSON HAS BEEN UPDATED BY
Kingsley Benham

Kingsley Benham

West Hollywood, California FilmSkills
UPDATED ON 1/14/2016
CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS LESSON
Edward Ricourt

Edward Ricourt

Writer, "Now You See Me"
While pursuing a degree at NYU, Edward Ricourt sold his first screenplay, following his graduation, Edward sold the film “Year 12” to Paramount. While both scripts weren’t produce Edward’s writing was gaining attention and he made “The Black List.” Working alongside, Boaz Yakin, of “Remember the Titans” fame, they created the story and original screenplay for the blockbuster heist film, “Now You See Me,” which grossed over $350,000,000 dollars worldwide.
Jenn Carroll

Jenn Carroll

Script Coordinator "Breaking Bad, "Just Call Saul"
While obtaining her BA in Film and Television from Boston University, Jenn Carroll interned in Los Angeles on the soap “General Hospital” and the Adult Swim comedy, “Children’s Hospital.” After graduating she worked as an office production assistant on TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age,” which led to her becoming the script coordinator on “Breaking Bad.” Currently she works as Vince Gilligan’s assistant on the set of AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”
Suzanne Swindle

Suzanne Swindle

Script Supervisor, "Mad Men," "Little Miss Sunshine," and "Nip/Tuck"
Although Suzanne Swindle has been in the movie business for over twenty years she is originally from Bedford, Massachusetts. Before coming to California, Suzanne was a federal agent with the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. Once in Hollywood, she started out as an Off-line Editor, but soon she would grow tired of sitting in the dark. Suzanne took the leap from post-production to production, becoming a script supervisor, and she hasn’t looked back. Her credits include, “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Lords of Dogtown,” “21 & Over,” and “Mad Men.”
Zack Gutin

Zack Gutin

Vice President of Sales, Final Draft
A graduate of Towson University with degrees in English as well as Electronic Media & Film, Zack Gutin began his career as an intern at Script Magazine where, upon graduating, he was later hired full-time as a staff writer and Marketing Manager.  In 2005 he moved to LA when Script Magazine partnered with Final Draft and has held positions as Events Director and Director of Retail and Studio Relations.  In his role as Vice President of Sales, he oversees sales and client relations within the consumer, education and professional markets.  Gutin frequently gives Final Draft demonstrations and hosts the Q&As at Final Draft meet-ups.  Outside of the office, Gutin is a husband, screenwriter represented by Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment, avid baseball fan and loves to travel.