Here on Scriptic Clues I’ll be talking about and analyzing excerpts from production film scripts to learn from the work of professionals. I’ll use quotes from scripts for illustrative purposes, but I presume that all of my readers will be able to find script downloads or copies of their own, so this site will not offer any script downloads.

If you need some help finding script downloads there are a few resources I’d recommend taking a look at.

Go Into the Story by Scott Myers

If you don’t already read Scott’s screenwriting blog for The Black List then you really should, it’s a great free resource for anyone learning the craft. Scott covers everything from industry news, to daily discussions of dialogue snippets.

Scott also offers a collection of free script PDF downloads of some of the latest films. I’m not sure how often the list gets updated but it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.

Filetype searches in your favorite search engine

Ever feel like you’re looking for a needle in a haystack when you take to a search engine looking for script downloads? You’re not alone, but there are a few tricks you can use to save yourself some trouble.

First off, both Google and Bing support the filetype:pdf parameter to limit your search results to PDF documents hosted on the web. This tip isn’t just useful for script downloads, it’s great for finding user manuals that you’ve lost in a drawer, academic articles and any other pdf files.

Secondly, if you’ve found a site that hosts a lot of script downloads but you’re struggling to find the one you want, try using the site: parameter to limit your results. For example, searching for The Brothers Bloom site:rcjohnso.com will show you pages related to The Brothers Bloom on Rian Johnson’s site www.rcjohnso.com.

Head to the forums

There are some great forums on the net dedicated to screenwriting in all its forms. A prime example is the Write to Reel forum which serves both feature and TV screenwriters.

Some of these forums also have sections dedicated to finding scripts of even the most niche films. They’re well worth checking out if you’re looking for script downloads to read.

Script hosting sites

It might just be my experience, but whenever I visit sites like The Daily Script I can never find the scripts I’m looking for in proper formatting. That said, sites like this and the Internet Script Movie Database do have pretty extensive libraries for you to browse through, so they’re worth checking out.

If all else fails

If you’re desperate to get your hands on a script I’ve discussed and can’t find it using any of the above means, get in touch using the contact form and I’ll see if I can help out.

Happy reading!

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