Review: KIT Scenarist

This is the description from the website:

“KIT Scenarist is a program for creating screenplays which oriented at international standards in the field of film production. The program is a full-featured studio for creating stories from the birth of the idea and before the transfer of the script to production.”

Screenwriting has been an interest of mine for some time now and when this program was mentioned in a chat about free software, I decided to explore it.

I’ve been using it for about a week and not only have I been pleasantly surprised, I’ve discovered it is a marvelous tool for all sorts of writing projects.

First off, let me state this is an EASY program to learn. It took me less than an hour from starting the download, until I had a working document with a couple of research notes, some graphics, and initial text.

Like many of us, I usually have several Works in Progress going at the same time. When I started looking at the program, I was thinking of converting one of my short stories into a stage play. One thing led to another, and suddenly, I found myself working on a new novel!

KIT Scenarist has three columns.

A narrow column on the left shows Start, Research, Cards, Script, Statistics, Tools, and Settings.

A slightly wider column show Script, Characters, Locations, and Documents.

The bulk of the rest of the screen is a work area that changes, depending on which section, you’re working with at the time. Sample screens can be found on one of their tutorial pages.

I mentioned that I’m using it for a novel, rather than a screenplay. That is because the research screen is great for keeping track of characters, locations, and relevant notes. Each of my characters has a few photos of real people that help me to visualize them in action. None of these images will appear in the final publication, but they will help my editors and myself, later on.

The actual story is growing in the Script screen and I’m treating “Scenes” as chapters in the book.

If I were to create a graphic novel or comic series, images and text can be manipulated on the Cards section.

Another great feature of the program is that your Work in Progress is stored, graphics and all, as a single database file. This file can be shared on DropBox or any of the other cloud services, so you can collaborate with editors and BETA readers.

For the record, it is Free and Open Source Software although I highly recommend donating to help with further development. It is an excellent alternative to the rather expensive movie industry standard, Final Draft.

Overall, I’m very impressed with this package and recommend it to anyone who wishes to create complex documents that require research.

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