Creating a Project from a Final Draft Script


Storyboarding and script writing go hand-in-hand. Storyboard Pro allows you to use your Final Draft script to create a new Storyboard Pro project. You can use the structure of your script to automatically generate all the scenes, panels and transitions in your project, and insert all the scene headings, characters, dialogues and actions into the appropriate caption fields for each generated panel.

The following steps provide detailed instructions on how to import a typical Final Draft script and automatically break it down into scenes and panels. Since scripts are never really written on a "per-panel" basis, and every script is paced and structured differently, you may have to try different settings to get optimal results, and you may have to combine or split some of the automatically generated panels manually to best fit the pace of your story.

  • Storyboard Pro has a preference to use Live Action terminology instead of Animation terminology, available in the General tab of the preferences dialog. With this preference, the following terminology is replaced in the Storyboard Pro user interface:

    • The term Scene becomes Shot.
    • The term Sequence becomes Scene.

    The steps below will specify the term for both terminology preferences where applicable.

  • If you are using Final Draft 7 or earlier, you must export your script in .xml format using Tagger, as the native file format of Final Draft 7 and earlier (.fdr) is not supported by Storyboard Pro.