While you might not need to buy all these programs, you should be familiar with all of them if you are involved in the creative process of filmmaking. We have broken this list down into two categories. The first is script writing software followed by video editing. Obviously, if you are not a writer you won't need screenwriting software and if you don't do post production you won't need that either.
Our goal is to give you some useful information. Some of the programs are free.
Best Script Writing Software
There are some things you probably should be aware of before you start writing. The first thing is that you want to be sure that finished scripts are formatted properly. This is especially important if you are submitting documents to contest, agents or for production consideration. We would caution you against trying to format a script using word or a generic word processing program. It's simply not worth the time investment and it allows for too many possible errors.
Note: We feel very strongly that you should only use one program and that is Final Draft. The reason is because it is so widely used and the defaults are industry standards. If you simply don't have the money then celtx is a fine option due to it being free but in our experience, the formatting is not perfect and the end product is not professional enough to submit to industry peeps. There is a free version of Final Draft that is full featured with one limitation of the file size. You can only save 15 page documents with the trial version.
Best Film Editing Software
There are a lot of options when it comes to post production. Most non-linear editing solutions can get the job done. Keep in mind that you probably want to use a few programs if you want to edit sound, do titles, or color correct video. You will want to look at compatibility of the different software programs as well as compatibility of your video equipment and what formats you want to use.