When I did the Producing Masterclass in 2012, Stephen Follows told attendees to read 100 produced screenplays then 100 unproduced screenplays, and then good writing will jump off the page.

I, like many other screenwriters and producers, have a Dropbox folder with hundreds of produced screenplays, ready to read. I shared these with my HND students. I also have a tracking spreadsheet of which ones I have read.

I can recommend Stephen’s advice: read screenplays.

Are you a writer? read screenplays

Are you a producer? read screenplays

Are you a director? read screenplays

Are you studying film? read screenplays

Are you a DOP? … you don’t need to read screenplays. Go out and shoot something.

But, where do you find these scripts?

Here are a few links…

BBC Writers Room Script Library
for BBC TV, Radio, and Film scripts

Script Slug

The Script Lab
free account to access

Indie Film Hustle

Simply Scripts

The Internet Movie Script Database

John August

Screenplays for you

Go Into The Story Blacklist.com

Script-o-rama

Awesome Film

The Screenplay Database

Movie Scripts and Screenplays

Horror Lair

When downloading screenplays, make sure you access the .pdf versions, not transcripts.

Transcripts have been written after the film has been released. You want to see what was written before the film was shot.

.pdfs also give you the page number. This helps you to understand structure by page number (especially if referencing some of the scriptwriting gurus with their “this action happens on page number…”)

However, if you just want to read the screenplay online without worrying about page numbers, .htmls will be fine.

Published by phetheringtonnz

Film Producer, Director, Lecturer. From NZ based in London.

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