FIVE BEST PLACES TO FIND SCREENPLAYS (WEEK 4)

Here’s what we have so far:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

This week’s pick: Dailyscript

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One thing I should mention is that the places I am highlighting are places currently off the internet, where you can get (mostly free) screenplays and where I have found a lot of my own resources. When I write my screenplays, for example and if I am writing particular scenes, particular characters, I find a great way to learn and get some sort of nuanced direction is to read/refer to a screenplay, a good one in that particular genre. There are other potential sources, internet or otherwise (including some blogs), which I will highlight in next week’s final article on this series, but here are the ones I know that are popular/not so popular. By the way, if anyone out there has any others they would like me to mention, please post it in comments so I can add it next week.

Now, getting back to topic: ‘Daily script’ is a great site and the reason I like it, first of all, is its clean layout and you can immediately search for a specific script you have in mind using the google search. It has movie scripts as well as TV scripts and though it might not have as many as the previous three, it still had enough to motivate me to have a look. It also has some useful links that are worth checking out.

Next week: the final installment in this series. Stay tuned!

FIVE BEST PLACES TO FIND SCREENPLAYS (WEEK 3)

If you are a screenwriter or even a wannabe, there is no other better way to learn about screenwriting than reading screenplays. I wouldn’t say this is my Mantra (Aargh! I haven’t turned into one of those, have I?) but judging from how it’s helped me improve my writing, I do think it’s beneficial enough to highlight its importance. What we have so far:

Week 1

Week 2 

And now onto this week’s link and review –  a popular one, if you haven’t already visited (note: many of you might know these already, but if you have had any trouble finding free scripts in the past, this is for you):

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This is quite a no-brainer (probably the first site you will get when you google ‘where to find screenplays’). I do like the general layout (search function, easy to find, more recent scripts). My grievance with this one, however, is that they don’t update their scripts now as much as they used to.  I used to read a new script here every week — so not sure if the reason for that is lack of availability? (probably). The other thing is I like my attachments in PDF’s (so I can search for a specific word/sentence through the ‘find’ function), but here, you would have to read it onsite (though you could still save it as a PDF but that’s extreme laziness on my part).

Anyway, still a great site worth visiting.

FIVE BEST PLACES TO FIND SCREENPLAYS (WEEK 2)

So if you are still following from week 1: and well noted for many of you who are like me and have already found these. Here’s another one:

Simplyscripts

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Design-wise here, less is more. Literally: you can find every written entity here – especially the hard-to-find:  treatments, plays, musicals, radio scripts, tv shows – heck, they even have movie reviews and unproduced scripts!  Not sure how often they update their site, but I also like that their online database is  incredibly extensive and well-organized (makes it easier to find specific things)

Last but not least, they have an online store that sells every how-to on screenwriting as well as a smattering of screenplays here and there. Personally find the selection here better than the writers store. Anyway, if you feel inclined, go check it out – or if you have visited a few times, let me know your thoughts.