Celtx – Free Storyboarding, Scripting, Sequencing Software

Are you looking for an Open source software to easily create storyboards? Perhaps you are involved with a facet of film production and you want an easy tool to write scripts, storyboarding a scene or jotting down the characters in your film. You can do all this using the open source Celtx software.

Celtx is a fully integrated software for pre-production and collaboration of film, theatre, radio, AV and comics. It has all the tools media creators need to bring their stories to life, combining intelligent writing and planning tools, storyboarding, and scheduling with internet-friendly technologies. Using Celtx, you can do away with pen and paper and opt for a digital approach which is more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share.

Celtx is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X platforms which makes it truly portable. The following are some of the features of Celtx software.

  1. Helps you pre-produce all types of media such as – film, video, documentary, theatre, comics, podcasts, screencasts … the list goes on.
  2. Write scripts, storyboards, sequences, develop characters, breakdown & tag elements etc.
  3. It integrates all the above functions in a very easy to use interface.
  4. One project can be shared with the whole crew.
  5. Celtx is a desktop application that delivers the most fluid writing and editing experience. You can always keep your fingers moving as fast as your thoughts and your creative flow is never interrupted.

When you first start Celtx, you are presented with a dialog box where on the left hand side, it provides a number of ready made project templates for you to use. On the right , there are a couple of sample projects which you can open and view to get an idea of different ways Celtx can be put to use.

Opening dialog of Celtx open source software
Opening dialog box of Celtx open source software

Once you have created a project you can individually add items like scripts, storyboards, catalogs, production schedules, bookmarks, calendars, specific files, characters of your story and, scene details.

Storyboard interface in Celtx
Storyboard interface in Celtx
Celtx New File dialog
Celtx New File dialog in Ubuntu Linux
Celtx comic book interface
Celtx comic book interface

But that is not all – If you are very serious about your production and are prepared to spend a nominal amount then Celtx team offers the Celtx Studio where you can upload online all the work you have created in Celtx in a seamless manner right from within Celtx itself. Celtx studio offers you  more functionality like active collaboration with upto 44 people, share projects with others quickly and easily, open projects directly into Celtx and save projects from Celtx, keep full project histories and so on.

If you are looking for an excellent, open source suite to aid you in pre-production of your media such as storyboarding, scripting and sequencing and so on of your film or plays, then you should give Celtx a try. You won’t be disappointed.