Who’s reading scripts?
The most honest joke from one of my favourite shows (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) is when Garth says “I’m one of the few people you’ll meet who’s written more books than they’ve read” – for those who have wasted their life so far in not watching it – Garth Marenghi is a rip off Stephen King character parody.
If you’re talking about being a novelist this seems ridiculous, imagine. I would say almost every wannabe screenwriter I know … falls right into this category. They just don’t read scripts. I can’t think, off the top of my head of any other art form where this is the case. Screenwriters usually have an incredible knowledge of movies, verasciously consuming them…but they don’t sodding-well read them.
There are plenty of places you can find scripts online, and in fact my next blog post that I’m working on is about reading a script while watching the film and how beneficial this can be. So below are a few website links to a few places you can find scripts. ALONG WITH 5 of my suggestions that you should read right away if you haven’t.
MY TOP 5 SUGGESTIONS (in no particular order) with links to the scriptywiptydoodaas
- There Will Be Blood – Paul Thomas Anderson -https://www.scriptslug.com/script/there-will-be-blood-2007
- Chinatown – Rober Towne – https://www.scriptslug.com/script/chinatown-1974
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Charlie Kaufman – https://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Eternal-Sunshine-of-the-Spotless-Mind.html
- The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan – https://www.scriptslug.com/script/the-dark-knight-2008
- Alien – Dan O’Bannon – https://www.imsdb.com/scripts/Alien.html
There are so many more worth reading, I just really love these. They all grab you as a reader and throw you around through the story.
Enjoy reading and learn everything you can from these super successful stories – all with their own audience and their own distinct style.
Thanks – Mr B-Sure