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5 Multi-Function Copier Features Ideal For Professional Screenwriters

Writing a full-length screenplay typically averages 80 to 120 pages. Making editing, sending copies to producers, and keeping copies for yourself can use up a lot of paper in a single day. This is why many screenwriters rely on a professional multi-function copier to complete tasks, get through work obligations, and keep things running smoothly on a daily basis. Instead of procrastinating your writing and dealing with copier issues, you can purchase a copier with five features dedicated to the screenwriting profession.

Multi-Page Scanner

On flatbed scanners, making digital copies of a screenplay would require putting each page in manually. When purchasing a copier, you should look for one with a digital scanner that is fed by a tray. With this feature, you can lay the whole screenplay down and each page will get fed through, scanned, and placed in a return tray. The resulting file will include all of the scanned pages in formats like PDF. This can cut considerable time down on your screenwriting needs. You can instantly have digital copies to send out to producers, agents, and other screenwriters. This type of tool is especially helpful if you like to type things on vintage devices like a typewriter.

Fast Print & Copying Speeds

When you need hard copies of a screenplay, printing out 100 pages at a time could take a while on a slower printer or older copier. Improve print speeds by purchasing a multi-function copier with at least 30 PPM. PPM stands for pages per minute and represents the average amount of pages that can effectively print in a minute. With only text on the page, most screenplays can copy and print at the highest PPM listed for a copier. If you purchase a copier with 30 PPM, then you could have a 90-page screenplay completely printed in around three minutes. The quick pace allows you to make multiple copies and finish these tasks quickly so you can go back and focus on your writing.

Book Copying Features

A number of screenplays are based off materials like novels, magazine short stories, or even news articles. When using these materials for writing, you may want to copy specific sections to make highlights or take notes. Copying specific pages can also help you from flipping through the same book over and over. Copiers can be purchased with built-in book copying features. The main purpose of this feature is to copy just the page you ant and not capture the text or images on the pages behind it. Some of the copying technology can even reduce the look of a curved page spine towards the center of the book. This will leave you with clean and clear page copies to use while crafting your screenplay.

Even if the screenplay is not based off anything, copies of books and magazines may needed for research needs or inspiration. For example, if you're writing a historical war screenplay, you may need to copy text from a coffee table book about the war you're focusing on. Using these book copying features will make it easy to read the text and have the research right in front of you.

Hole Punch Mode

When a screenplay is copied or printed, it typically fastened together with brass reeds inserted through hole punches. Instead of manually punching holes through stacks of pages, you can purchase a copier with a built-in hole punch tool. These tools will place even hole punches through each page as the document comes out. Once you have the final screenplay printed, you can fasten it together with the brass reeds and simply hand it in.


For copyright reasons, many screenwriters like to use watermarks for extra screenplay protection. Advanced copiers have watermarking built right in. This allows you to place translucent text over the document. Examples include "Do Not Copy", "Copyright 2016", or a draft indicator like "First Draft." By using the feature on the copier, you do not need to change your original digital document or your original printed script that you are keeping for your own records.

By purchasing a copier with one or more of these features, you can make your daily life as a screenwriter a lot easier.