It's useful for writers in film, TV and games to have a portfolio website.
Having a website isn’t strictly necessary, but it’s helpful. It means you can put your web address on your business card or in your email signature so that commissioning editors, producers and admissions tutors can easily get a grasp of your skills and creativity. It also means you can be found through search engines.
These are free, popular tools through which you can build and host your website:
Writing portfolio hosting site that offers a free tier account that allows you to host up to and including 10 written pieces. Paid subscription versions of the service are also available; with unlimited hosted pieces and even Google Analytics at a certain price
Writing portfolio hosting site that offers a free account version that hosts up to and including 10 written pieces, and includes a homepage and domain name, “yourname.journoportfolio.com”. Paid subscription accounts are offered at £3.75 or £7.50 per month and both include hosting of unlimited written pieces and pages
Operating system: macOS
Free scriptwriting software that automatically formats your work into a professional script layout. It enables you to export files in Final Draft, Fountain and PDF formats, though it does watermark all PDFs. It offers in-app purchases
Operating system: All
Free “fully functional” demo version of this screenwriting software is available. Its full version can be purchased for $79.95, and it has a list of features on its website
Operating system: Windows and Linux
Free open-source screenwriting software with no paid version and, therefore, no locked features in the free version. You can import Fade In, Celtx, Final Draft and Fountain files and export to PDF, Final Draft and Fountain, as well as HTML and RTF formats
Operating system: Windows and macOS or web-based
Script editing software. A free version of Celtx can be downloaded from third-party sites than the Celtx website. Alternatively, you can sign up to Celtx and choose the “Free (Basic)” plan, which includes a basic online (only) script editor with which you can create and edit scripts with an unlimited page count, generate PDFs and import and export files
Operating system: All
Some games have interactive, non-linear and branching storylines or dialogue options, sometimes known as 'dialogue trees'. Twine is open-source software that allows you to write in this form
Operating system: Windows
Chatmapper is another example of software with which you can write 'dialogue trees'. You can get a free trial version of it online
Include a link to your online portfolio in the bio of any social media accounts that you use strictly for professional purposes. Also, include a link to your professional social media accounts from your portfolio page. Social media sites that you may use for professional purposes can include LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, to name a few.
Link to your portfolio from your email signature and put the web address on your business card. Make sure that the link works.
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