I recently did a reading of a screenplay I’ve written. In preparation for the reading, we needed to watermark a large number of scripts. What was a viable script watermarking solution?
Watermarking is a process whereby an individual’s name is printed onto the script, behind the text. This is done to help keep the script confidential and off the Internet, because the script has the person’s name across it. Thus, if it were to appear on the Internet, you’d have a good idea of the source of it.
This is typically a cumbersome process. Very professional movie management programs like Scenechronize (for whom I have consulted with for years) offer a simple and easy way for a production to manage this process, including effortlessly creating and emailing sides. And, if you are in production, Scenechronize is a godsend and I highly recommend it.
But what if, as in my case, we are months away from production and not yet ready/can’t afford a comprehensive software solution, such as Scenechronize offers?
In that case, based on my experience, I’d recommend the Bronson Watermarker. For $10 this program is great. It allows you to watermark a large number of scripts in an instant and create printable pdfs, which you yourself print, with the watermark imbedded.
Now, if you want to email an electronic pdf of your script, and assure that the watermark cannot be removed, then the Bronson Watermarker is not as powerful a solution. This is because, for it to create an electronic file, which the watermark can not be removed, it effectively must turn every page of your script into an image of the text and the watermark. This creates a very big pdf that is not practical for large scale emailing. The Scenechronize solution works better for this electronic application, as they have solved the large electronic pdf problem (which is why it has been adopted by for use so many studios).
However, if you are an independent filmmaker, and what you are doing is simply watermarking scripts that you yourself print, (or have printed at a copy store) for $10, the Bronson Watermarker is the best thing out there. I believe there is only a Mac version.