HollywoodHelper

For actors, Hollywood Helper / Broadway Buddy helps you learn the lines of your scripts without lugging around printed scripts, whether you aspire to screen or stage.

LEARN: REHEARSE: Start/end:

Buttons are provided on the Setup screen to jump to the start and end of the script. These are not on the main script view to help you from pressing them accidentally and losing your place.

Transferring your files to the app:

Since iTunes does not currently support copying ordinary text files to any app, we have made a (free) file transfer application which allows you to transfer text files from your computer to the Documents folder of the app. This runs on your laptop/desktop and uses WiFi, so you must be at a free WiFi hotspot site to do the transfer (coffee shop, library, etc). Get this application from hh.diffent.com. For the initial release, we only provide a Mac OS X version, but we hope to have a Windows version soon.

File format:

The app displays ordinary text files, so you will have to export a text file from whatever system the script is stored in (such as Word, Final Draft, PDF, etc). Typically you can ask your local computer guy how to do this if you don't know how...it varies, depending on the software you are using. Sometimes you just have to do a File/Save As (plain text)...sometimes you have to convert to text...other times you have to Edit / Select All, then copy/paste the script into a plain text editor like Notepad or Text Edit and just save it.

HH/BB will automatically remove any indents at the beginning of lines to make your script easier to read on the phone.

Your place is saved:

The app automatically saves your place in the script. The next time you start it, everything is as you left it. If you have to take a call while rehearsing, you will not lose your place.

Demo:

A couple of public domain works by Wm.Shakespeare are installed with the app for demo purposes. Go to the Setup tab, Change Script to twelfthniteintro.txt, then type a character's name such as duke or viola into the CHARACTER field. A search is performed to hilight all of that character's lines. Then go back to the Script tab and press the blue Next button. You will be taken to the first place the character's name appears in the play. From then on it should be obvious.

Other:

The app automatically searches for up-case character names to correspond to standard scriptwriting conventions. You can shut off this feature with the "as-is" button on the Setup screen if you have a non-standard script.

When it finds your CHARACTER's name, dialog will be hilighted up to the next "double space" (blank line) in the script. Hence, if there are song lyrics with blank lines to indicate verse or chorus breaks, it will not hilight all of the song. Learning songs is a bit different than learning dialog, so you may find this to be acceptable.