Reading Scripts Online: Best Resources
No matter someone’s expertise or knowledge related to screenwriting, the internet has allowed screenwriters of all levels to have a wide range of information related to the topic at hand. Whether it’s tips and rules associated with perfecting a script or actually looking at a successful film or television series’ script, all of it is available online.
As a result, it’s always in the interest of a screenwriter to use the online resources that are available to them. Considering people in any field can learn and perfect whatever they’re trying to accomplish by looking at other people’s work for a reference, it’s genuinely magnificent we have access to so many great scripts.
Still, some of you might be wondering where you should look to find a script. Rather than googling a random script, there’s actually plenty of resources online for you to look at a long list of scripts that are available at a click of a button. Plus, some of these resources also offer other useful tools for you to consider. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at some of the best resources for reading scripts online!
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Even if you have the slightest interest in film or television, you more than likely have gone on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) before. However, what might’ve not known is that the IMDB also has a lengthy catalog of scripts to look at on the Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDB), pretty cool right?
The site is relatively straightforward and has a wide range of scripts to select from. The home page has the newest releases, last added, and a quick about section for the site and how you can read the scripts. Plus, there’s an alphabetized, genre, international, comments, and a search function on the sidebar. Definitely check it out!
Besides having a great name, Go Into The Story was named the best of the best scriptwriting website by Writer’s Digest. Besides having a lengthy catalog of scripts to analyze that can be reached by searching for one or scrolling through its home page, Go Into The Story is an excellent blog led by Producer Scott Myers as well.
Scriptwriters have a large number of resources presented on Go Into The Story ranging from entire scripts to read alone or film workshops to improve your craft in the writing spectrum. It’s a must-visit for anyone interested in learning how to improve their screenwriting.
Similar to Go Into The Story, The Script Lab is an excellent online resource for an extensive catalog of scripts, as well as a blog and other resources for screenwriting. The Script Lab also features a large sum of opinion pieces dissecting and highlighting great films for people to check out.
If you’re looking for a one-stop site that has everything you could want in an online film resource, The Script Lab is definitely the place for you. Be sure to check the Script Lab’s Script Catalog for the list of scripts they have available for you to read.
The Screenplay Database is a straightforward internet resource to select from 419 scripts that are entirely free to download and open. The scripts are in alphabetical order and feature some of the most notable films in the industry.
The site also prides itself on adding new scripts to the site for people to check out every day. A submission form can be found, with instructions on how you can get one of your scripts (if it was made) onto the database. Check it out!
For yet another elementary listing of scripts, consider going onto Awesome Film. This excellent resource has an abundant number of scripts available for people to download, ranging from Sci-Fi to Horror, all of which can be downloaded at a click of a button.
Be sure to go through the latest scripts available on the site, as there are several gems to consider. Plus, there’s plenty of other notable scripts you can easily find on the site that are worth highlighting.
If you happen to scroll through the links available on Awesome Film, you may find one that’ll lead you to Simply Scripts, an excellent online resource with a wide range of scripts for people to digest and download.
Simply Scripts prides itself on being a database of hundreds of downloadable scripts, movie scripts, screenplays, and transcripts of current, classic, and a few soon-to-be-released movies, television, anime, and radio shows. How cool is that?
With a name like Movie Scripts and Screenplays, you can’t get any more candid than that. As you can assume by the name, Movie Scripts and Screenplays has an excellent number of scripts from your favorite films that are available for you for free. Although the site might seem a little dated, it’s still an excellent resource if you’re looking for scripts to read.