Frequently Asked Questions
- How are the scripts/drafts listed?
- Do you have screenplays/movie scripts "exactly" like the movie? No. Scripts are blueprints and there could be many different drafts from writer's drafts to final shooting. We offer what we have available. 99% of scripts are different from the final released movie. Variations could be made in writer's drafts, before and after production. New writers could be hired or changed. Differences from the draft we have to the final movie could be small or a significant difference. If we find a significant difference (greater than 50%) we notate it next to the title. Also, early drafts tend to be very different as well. Screenplays are learning tools for screenwriters. If you need a script "exactly" like the final movie, please consider for a "transcript" instead.
- Do you offer transcripts? Definitely not. Transcripts are what someone typed (not the writers) as they watched the movie. There is no learning asset in transcripts.
What type of movie scripts do you have?
only have screenplays that have been produced and released as a movie. We
do not have scripts in development. Check
New Screenplay Arrivals for new movie scripts just released. The scripts
are all photocopies of the original draft we stock. All screenplays
are intended for screenwriting educational purposes only.
- Speech and Debate questions. We apologize, but we are a site that focuses on the requirements for aspiring and professional screenwriters. We cannot meet the requirements for any other uses for movie scripts. There will be no ISBN. We will offer a paid purchase receipt.
How are the screenplays bound/printed?
Every screenplay we sell is bound just like a normal
script. They are copied on plain white paper (8.5 x 11), bound with two brads.
We do not use colored sheet covers or colored paper. They are delivered in
a plastic slipcover for protection. Note: Scripts over 115 pages may be printed double sided. You may request single-sided, but an additional shipping cost may apply.
What drafts do you have?
It varies. Older screenplays (pre1970) are sometimes converted from the actual
movie (continuity script) or the title page will
only display the title, with no actual draft date. More recent scripts could
be a writer's draft, third draft+, or a shooting script. Every screenplay
is different. We try to get the closest version to the movie. So sometimes
there may be scenes that have changed / or have been deleted from the final
movie. If the final draft is not available, we will try to get the third draft,
second draft, and so on. The last resort is the shooting script.
For draft information on a specific movie script email
- What's the difference between a shooting draft
and the final draft or third draft or writer's draft, etc? Shooting draft
is the screenplay version that is used for and while shooting. After the final
draft is written with all changes made final, it becomes a locked script.
Scene numbers are then added/deleted to distinguished between changes. Any
changes made after the script has been locked become partial scene numbers,
89A, B, OMIT SCENES 100-103, etc. Changes in dialogue/narration appear with
an * on the line. Pages with changes are colored coded. All changes are documented.
Shooting scripts contain camera angles and directing terms.
After a script is bought and before it is locked, the writer may be asked to make
many changes. These drafts become 1st, 2nd, 3rd drafts, etc., and sometimes
contain major changes in narration and character. A writer's draft is considered
the draft that was sold prior to any changes by the buyer or other early drafts
by the writer. A writer's draft is not usually marked "writer's draft"
but just date stamped.
- Why do you sell earlier/different drafts
that are not exactly as the released movie? Since our customers are mainly
writers, it is advantageous for writers to read what the screenwriter originally
wrote, what was changed, and figure out why. And to see if it worked better.
Some screenplay you list say Continuity next to the title. What is a Continuity Script?
A continuity script is a verbal and visual description
from the released movie. It is formatted in two columns: Technical action
and dialogue. It is not in original screenplay format and therefore difficult
to read. We sell these scripts because with very old titles it is difficult
to obtain an originally formatted screenplay and is the only one available.
- How do I know if the screenplay title you list
is from the same movie I'm looking for? Since some movies have the same
title of another/older movie, or are a remake, we have the year of the screenplay
stamped next to most of these questionable titles.
- Email us
for the draft date and screenwriter's name. Please allow up to 48 hours for
us to reply
- Can I get the screenplay exactly like
the released movie? Sorry, we cannot guarantee that the screenplay
is exactly like the movie. Sometimes early drafts are quite different
from the released movie. Use these early drafts for screenwriting study purposes.
Your best bet for getting closest to the movie is a shooting draft. Unfortunately,
shooting drafts contain non-writing direction, scene numbers, and camera angles.
- I want a certain draft, How do I know if
you have it? Email us
for the draft date and screenwriter's name. Please allow up to 48 hours for
us to reply .
What if I can't find the script that I want?
If it is a new movie we may not have it yet or we may not get it in stock.
Please check New Screenplay Arrivals (top of page) periodically. If it is
an older script (pre-90s) and it is not in our database we do not carry it
and most likely will not carry it in the future.
--Did you search our database for titles we have? You can SEARCH from our
main screenplay page or you can click
here to open a new window..
Do you sell TV scripts?
- Do you have stage plays? Sorry, we do not have stage plays.
Do you have foreign or multi-language scripts?
We have some scripts that were movies produced outside of the U.S.A., but most
likely these movies were released in the U.S.A. at some point. We have a few French scripts. Otherwise ,we do not carry non-English scripts.
What are storyboards?
Storyboards are visual images of the screenplay, something the Director has done for communicating with crew and visualizing
shots and angles. All Storyboad scripts are never for the complete movie, that would be too costly; they may include certain action sequences or effects sequences. They are mainly interesting to a aspiring Director.
Do you have a waiting list or can you email me new titles when you get
them in stock?
After you order you have the option to add yourself to our mailling list.
Do you have a catalog of your screenplays?
We do not send a printed or electronic catalog. Our catalog is updated everyday,
and fully online.
here to search our Catalog. (opens new window)
- What is the purpose of movie scripts you
offer? All scripts are drafts and are for screenwriting educational
purposes only. If you are interested in a script draft for purposes
other purposes and have other concerns outside of reading to learning
screenwriting (e.g. collecting, research, speech debate, etc) we do not
support those purposes.
- Does the script draft include (scenes, actors, etc)? We do
NOT read, verify or compare any content of any draft for
content specificity. All drafts are for educational purposes only and we do not
guarantee if a scene, character, or dialogue is contained
within the drafts available.
- Can I edit the PDFs or use Word to edit?
No, just like an ebook is closed to editing, these electronic PDF files
cannot be edited. Most PDFs are images and the content cannot be searched. The PDF file can be printed.