Creating Projects from Final Draft



Storyboarding and script writing go hand-in-hand. Storyboard Pro lets you use your Final Draft script to create a new Storyboard Pro project. This feature is a time saver as it handles the creation of scenes and panels, as well as inserting all the text in the proper captions automatically.

The following steps give 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.

  • For more information on the Import from Final Draft dialog, see Import from Final Draft Dialog Box.