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  01 January 2005
Read any good scripts lately?

I recently got hold of an official copy of the "Finding Nemo" script. On the inside cover, it says "for consideration" so apparently, it's for the Oscars race a few years ago for Best Screenplay. So as I was reading it, I was amazed at how much I had missed on the screen. Reading it on paper, not only do you catch some details like inside jokes, parallelisms, contexts, setups, but also the structure can be scrutinized even better than watching the film alone. I think it's a great way to learn how a great script is crafted and perhaps reverse-engineer it. I mean this in a constructive way... not to steal, but to understand why scripts are written the way they are. Anyway, here's a link to a home-transcribed "Finding Nemo" scirpt, by no means as good as the real one:

2 good sources for scripts:

I encourage budding screenwriters and filmmakers to read scripts of your favorite films to further deepen your knowledge. Anyone doing this already? Anyone have other great scripts to share?
Sam Chen
Independent Filmmaker & Animator
  01 January 2005
I agree, it helps a lot to read the scripts of successful films.

This Ocean's Eleven script is a nice read:
  01 January 2005
I've read several of the smallville scripts. Indeed they are a great source to get insight on how to develop your own stories. If only I could share them.

Ive browsed through severeal of those sites that offer free scripts. What I noticed is that they only provide the dialogue and no "action" in otherwords, they are not formatted like a final script would be. Or they describe the action shot directly from the film.

HELLBOY Directors cut has the script on the dvd that you can read along as you watch the film. Its pretty neat, if only other people would do this. Anyone know of more dvd's that have this feature.

If you visit the project greenlight website. People submit their scripts for the shot of making it on the screen. They may not be great but it is a good source to learn from.
Learn by doing.
  01 January 2005
I was reading the start of the script for Magnolia.

This is really cool, because the writer/director puts in a few words in advance. But this is a really good movie! It's very good reading. I think it's good to also read scripts that are not cg-film scripts. Due to the lack of genre binding in normal films. It's better dramaturgy in general too.
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  01 January 2006
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