The Best Alternative to Celtx

Looking for a Celtx script writing alternative? StudioBinder provides a film production project management solution for agencies, indies, and studios. Read the full Celtx review and comparison below.

StudioBinder Film Project Management Software - Best Alternative to Celtx

Different Approaches

Celtx is a document builder. StudioBinder is mission control.

Celtx screenwriting software is a cloud based solution that provides indie filmmakers with tools to generate production documents. Celtx operates much like a spreadsheet.

You input data into a cell, and then export a PDF.

Celtx Studio is similar to StudioBinder, but it does not provide the same A-to-Z functionality that links your tasks, calendars, contact messaging, and other project management to improve collaboration across teams.

This modern approach is what defines us here at StudioBinder.

This is all to say:

Celtx Studio is a document builder

StudioBinder is mission control for production teams.

User experience

StudioBinder is more intuitive

StudioBinder is known for its modern, intuitive design.

Everything is where you'd expect it to be. No special training is required to get started.

You’ll get more video production management features than Celtx without having to navigate a maze of interfaces. 

Fewer clicks. Quicker results.

Better experience.

StudioBinder Film Production Scheduling Software - Team Collaboration

Celtx Script Writing Software

Intuitive screenwriting solution

Celtx screenwriting solution solution is collaborative, but the user experience doesn't come close to StudioBinder's scriptwriting software.

Industry Standard Format

Celtx Studio has a screenwriting feature that build script with industry standard format, similar to Final Draft, but the software doesn't teach you along the way like our software.

Collaborative Screenwriting

Celtx screenwriting can be done with a writing partner or team, but you won't get the same robust collaborative functionality as you do with StudioBinder.

User Friendly Experience

Celtx script writing software is slower and has a much less intuitive interface, which means your creativity can be stifled by a confusing and frustrating writing experience.  

Feature by Feature

Interface Comparison

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Best Alternative to Celtx? Meet StudioBinder's Scriptwriting Software
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Best Alternative to Celtx? Meet StudioBinder's Free Scriptwriting Application
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Touring Man Screenplay in StudioBinder

Call Sheet Creator

Industry standard call sheets with more clarity

StudioBinder and Celtx app both offer online call sheet builders. However, the process couldn't be more different.

Easier to Create

StudioBinder auto-populates call sheets with data from other pages, and you can include personalized notes and file attachments like maps in every email. 

Our call sheets are integrated with Google Places and DarkSky Weather APIs to automatically include Google maplinks and up-to-date weather changes.

Easier to Send

Celtx can not send call sheets — you'll need to download and compose emails.

StudioBinder sends call sheets as emails, PDFs and text messages with one-click. Every recipient receives a personalized email digest with the information that pertains to them like call time, parking details, map links to the location, and a "Confirm" button to RSVP so that no one is left behind on your production. 

Easier to Track

Celtx does not track the delivery of a call sheet.

StudioBinder tracks the delivery status, view counts, and RSVPs of every call sheet that is sent to a specific recipient. Notice someone didn't open their call sheet? No problem, you know exactly why, and can swiftly resolve and resend.

Feature by Feature

Interface Comparison

The Best Alternative to Celtx Call Sheet Software
StudioBinder Free Film Call Sheet Software - Sample Call Sheet

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"Feature Film" Call Sheet Template

"Photoshoot" Call Sheet Template

Track Delivery Status

Don't Stay in the Dark.
Track Your Call Sheet Delivery.

Call Sheet Confirmation and Distro Sheet - Track Call Sheet Distribution with StudioBinder
Buzzfeed White

“StudioBinder is an invaluable tool for our production workflow. The sleek design and smart features like call sheet tracking bring organization, efficiency and automation to our shoots, and greatly increases our productivity.”

Senior Producer, Trevor Fernando

Shot List & Storyboards

Shot Lists & Storyboards

Celtx Studio offers a shot list and storyboard feature, but they do not have the same seamless functionality and customization that you get with StudioBinder.

Better Details

Celtx Studio shot lists and storyboards give you fewer opportunities to describe and plan your creative goals. Sections can't be customized to your desires. Our shots lists allow you to create setups and estimated times for each shot.

Better Visualization

Celtx Studio shot lists and storyboards have smaller view windows when working on your boards. Also, Celtx Studio limits your ability to change aspect ratios, page layout, custom numbering, or to quickly rearrange frames on your storyboards. 

Better Functionality

Celtx Studio shots listing forces you to link shots to specific moments in your scripts and their storyboards are disconnected from your scenes. Our shot lists and storyboards automatically calculate the estimated times you add to each shot or setup, giving you an accurate timeframe for each on the day.

Feature by Feature

Interface Comparison

StudioBinder vs. Celtx - Shot List Creator for Professionals
StudioBinder Free Shot List Software - How to Make a Shot List - New Shot List
StudioBinder vs. Celtx - Shot List Template and Shot List App
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Wonder Woman Storyboard in StudioBinder

script breakdowns

Script Breakdowns

Celtx Studio offers a script breakdown feature that is similar to StudioBinder. The difference is that StudioBinder script breakdowns are much cleaner.

Cleaner Tagger

Celtx Studio's breakdown tagger is a helpful tool, but it has failed to improve upon itself in many years. Once tagged, you must enter a separate catalog window to customize each mention of a scene element.

Cleaner Interface

Celtx Studio's interface has small text that is difficult to read. Windows pop up in front of important information while you tag your script. Celtx does not give you the ability to directly embed images, videos, or scene notes to individual scenes. 

Cleaner Experience

Celtx Studio is slower than StudioBinder, and customizing script breakdown details require you to navigate through a maze of separate windows and page layouts. There features are also less predictive which means redundancies. You cannot tag all mentions, nor can you create element variants in Celtx Studio. 

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Interface Comparison

Best Alternative to Celtx - Adding Tagged Element
StudioBinder Script Breakdown Software - How to Break Down a Script

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Film Scheduling

Celtx Studio offers a shooting schedule feature that is similar to StudioBinder. The difference is that working with StudioBinder stripboards is more advanced.

Advanced Sorting

Celtx Studio's shooting schedule feature is pretty good, but it suffers from limited sorting features. While you can sort stripboards by a single criterion, you cannot reorder strips based on multiple criteria like time, setting, and cast.

Advanced Integration

Celtx Studio's stripboards do not have a script preview window, so if you want to read the corresponding scene for a particular strip, you'll need to open up a new window. StudioBinder lets you alter your script directly from your stripboard.

Advanced Layout

Celtx Studio's stripboard layout is somehow awkwardly simple and needlessly complicated. Tool icons are poorly labeled. Banner notes are one-size-fits-all. They walk like spreadsheets. They talk like spreadsheets. They're spreadsheets. 

Interface Comparison

Best Alternative to Celtx Shooting Schedule Software - More Options
StudioBinder Free Shooting Schedule Software - Assign Film Location

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plan your movie

Production Calendar

Celtx Studio does not give you the ability to build Gantt Charts, and their calendar focuses purely on shooting rather than your entire company. 

Better Layout

Celtx Studio's calendar layout is limited, and does not provide a workflow tab to track and sort events, or dependencies that inform your order of operations. You also cannot add individual tasks to your events.

StudioBinder gives you multiple layout options. 

Better Versioning

Celtx Studio makes it difficult to create and navigate multiple versions of your calendar, which means fewer options for your game plans.

StudioBinder lets you build new versions and templates with one click.

Better Collaboration

Celtx Studio doesn't allow you to leave comments, create tasks, attach media files, or assign team members to your events. 

StudioBinder gives you all of  this and more. 

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Interface Comparison

Best Alternative to Celtx - Production Calendar
StudioBinder Free Production Calendar Software and Gantt Chart for Filmmakers

Interactive Demo

Touring Man Production Calendar | Made in StudioBinder

contact management

Contacts, only on StudioBinder

Celtx does not have a contact management feature. This means you'll need a separate application to organize contacts like talent, crew, clients, extras, etc.

StudioBinder provides a master contact book where details are stored securely. Easily reassign existing contacts to new projects with just a few clicks.

Also, StudioBinder's integrated messaging system helps you send styled production updates that feature your production or company letterhead. 

file management

File Sharing, only on StudioBinder

StudioBinder offers a robust media library and file storage feature.

Celtx Studio does not provide this feature. 

Securely upload and preview deal memos, financial documents, permits, invoices, headshots, etc. View, crop, and rotate files all within StudioBinder.

You can also invite your team to shared folders, where they can add and edit files together. Use comments to gather feedback right next to specific files.

A major part of production is document and media management.

Something you only get with StudioBinder.


Collaborate in context.

StudioBinder and Celtx both allow you to invite team members to collaborate on projects. 

However, only StudioBinder provides a sidebar on every page to create tasks in context.

We think it's more valuable for team members to see (and check off ) tasks while on the relevant page (e.g. call sheet, stripboard, breakdown, etc.).

StudioBinder aggregates all of the open tasks in a unified, kanban-style task board (similar to Trello or Asana) where every customizable column represents the stage or status of the card.

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