When Christopher D. Ford was searching for alternative screenwriting software and a better way to collaborate with his writing partner, Jon Watts, he found a thread on the screenwriting sub-Reddit which offered a solution to the common difficulties of collaborating on a screenplay. Instead of emailing documents back and forth, a new screenwriting application called WriterDuet offered cloud-based, real-time collaboration as well as professional screenplay formatting with infinite revision-tracking and a host of other features. Chris started playing with the software and even suggested some additional features, which WriterDuet founder Guy Goldstein quickly added to the software. A year later, Chris and Jon turned their script into an independent film called COP CAR starring Kevin Bacon, premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Guy reached out to Chris at the Sundance Film Festival and the two finally met in person.
COP CAR is most likely the first Sundance film to be written with the brand new screenwriting software called WriterDuet. In fact, it’s shaping up to be the first feature film with theatrical distribution to be written on WriterDuet; COP CAR was acquired at Sundance by Focus World, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, to be released later this year.
ScreenCraft interviewed co-writer Chris Ford as well as WriterDuet’s Guy Goldstein at Sundance. We’ve been following Guy Goldstein’s progress in creating WriterDuet over the past year. It’s impressive to see the software that started in his living room in Austin, grow a cult following on Reddit and now used for a Sundance film starring Kevin Bacon! If you’re looking for affordable software with lots of easy-to-learn features, we recommend trying WriterDuet.
Here’s Chris Ford talking about discovering WriterDuet on Reddit:
Here’s screenwriter Chris Ford talking with Guy Goldstein, founder of WriterDuet.
And here’s an interview with Kevin Bacon and director Jon Watts courtesy of Variety:
Have you seen COP CAR? What did you think of the film?
What screenwriting software do you use to collaborate with a writing partner?