Billing it as the first fully “Paperless Table Read,” Logliners hosted a reading of a feature film script last night using Final Draft’s relatively new Reader app. The professional cast of performers read from their digital scripts on Apple iPads, distributed to them prior to the event, and gave the script’s writer and other invited industry guests the chance to hear the dialogue read out loud for the first time.
Final Draft was on hand to see their product in action in its natural habitat.
“We’re very excited to be a part of this unique event,” said Scott McMenamin, Vice President of Sales at Final Draft. “We expect that in the not-too-distant future an all-electronic table read will be nothing out of the ordinary. The Final Draft Reader app was designed to help cast and crew get their work done more easily and efficiently, and we hope it becomes an important part of paperless production.”
While writers are anxious to get their hands on the next generation of the Final Draft app, which will allow them to write actual script pages on their iPad, iPhone and Android devices, studio executives, agents and others are enjoying the free Reader app so far. With the ability to enter notes into a script on the fly, it suits their needs for development meetings and table reads just fine.
While Final Draft has not set a date for the release of their fully functioning writer app, they have confirmed it is coming this year. We expect it to hit the market sometime in the next two or three months. Price point is as yet undetermined, but a competitive introductory price is expected for early adopters.