Typing Faster

November 7, 2009

Reading Is Fundamental

Filed under: Craft, Scripts, Shameless Self Promotion — petertypingfaster @ 4:46 pm

Like Amanda the Aspiring TV Writer, I happen to think that reading scripts is incredibly important.

The best way to learn how to write a screenplay isn’t to take a class, it’s to read as many professional screenplays as you possibly can. You’ll learn proper formatting, how to walk the fine line between too much description and not enough, and all sorts of stuff in between.

It’s easy to tell when someone hasn’t read many scripts. Their formatting will be off. The script will be littered with camera directions, or music cues. Rookie mistakes that could easily be avoided with a little research.

Luckily there are a lot of great resources where people can get scripts for free. Lee Thomson’s digs for TV scripts. Scriptshadow and The Matriarchal Script Paradigm for features. My PDF Scripts has a bit of a mix. Places like Script City if you’re willing to plunk down a few bucks.

Or you could just trot over to my very ownTyping Faster Script Library where I’ve already collected a bunch of scripts from all the places I listed above, plus a few other random places that have since gone defunct. Last I checked I’ve got 600+ scripts, bibles, pilots, pitches and treatments from all sorts of different television shows and features.

Now you got no excuse to not read a script a week for the next two years.


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