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DISCLAIMER: Please use caution when visiting any website or downloading content. Script Raven is not liable for malware or viruses resulting from use of any linked content below, nor does this site endorse any of the screenwriting styles readers may encounter whilst reading screenplays found online (whether spec or produced). Many of these free offerings are formatted as actual shooting scripts, which may include callouts in CAPS for SFX and SPFX, as well as scene numbering and other notes not commonly found in an unproduced spec.

Helpful Tips: right-click on the script you want to look at and select “Open in new tab” (or window). Some sites may throw you off the trail if you use the “Back” button.

If you want to read a script offline and it’s in text (.txt) format, open the page, click Ctrl+A to select the entire page, open a Word or similar document, and click Ctrl+V to paste it. From there, “Save As” a PDF (if you’re able to) or Print to PDF (of you’re able to). If the script is in HTML format (a web page) and there’s a bunch of crappy ads in the margins on the page, you’ll have to drag down with your mouse to capture only the text before using Ctrl+A and Ctrl+V.

 

Free Screenplays for Reading

Reading screenplays is an important part of any serious screenwriter’s job. If you do a search for “free screenplays to read” you’ll get quite a few hits. Below are a few of my favorite sites for downloading free scripts to read. I’m most familiar with the first three sites and have visited them extensively. There are many more out there, but be advised that some of them are link aggregators, which means the content could be sourced from a less-than-safe location. 

Internet Movie Screenplay Database: Although this site is a bit dated, it remains an excellent resource for aspiring and veteran screenwriters alike. The search bar works pretty well, and will bring up any films with the name you type in, including remakes and sequels. You can also search by letter or genre.

Simply Scripts: Not the greatest looking website, and the ads are a little annoying, but there’s a ton of good stuff here. I’ve downloaded and read many screenplays from this site. Avoid the search bar near the top—it’s for Google, not Simply Scripts. Use the letters instead to find what you’re looking for.

The Daily Script: Another site that’s a bit on the dated side, and which also has a useless search bar. Still, it has a boatload of useful content for free downloading. You’re just gonna have to scroll to find it, that’s all.

Script Reader Pro: A casual browse of this site intrigued me enough to include it here. Even though it’s kind of a competitor to Script Raven, it offers some solid writing advice along with its services, and my mission is to help you (even if it costs me a few clients). This site offers downloads of a select number of handpicked scripts, along with other useful resources.

The Script Lab: This requires you to create an account, but it’s worth it to download their PDF scripts, which include a lot of TV and streaming episodes. There are also links to competitions and other useful information. It’s worth checking out.

 

Firearms and Vehicle Research

Internet Movie Firearms Database: It’s possible you saw a cool weapon in a movie and don’t know what it is. Maybe you’re not a weapons aficionado and you want to be accurate when naming your weapons. If so, this is a great place to start. After disabling any annoying video ads that auto play, this site is user-friendly, comprehensive, and extremely useful. Highly recommended. 

Internet Movie Car Database: Though not nearly as user friendly as IMFDB, this site is quite useful and surprisingly comprehensive. Enter the name of a film in the upper-right search bar and it will bring up all films of that name with their respective years. You may have to dig a little to find what you’re looking for, but if a vehicle featured in a film, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here.

 

Screenplay Competitions

Some screenwriters dismiss writing competitions as a waste of time and money. Though one could make a strong argument that a writer should do more than simply entering contests (networking, querying, writing every day, reading, etc.) writing competitions can be an excellent “measuring stick” for your work, whether you’re new to the craft or a salty veteran. Below are a few links for you to consider.

DISCLAIMER: To avoid any legal snags, Script Raven does not formerly endorse any competitions. Some contests may not be legitimate and others are only receptive to certain genres. Please do your research and make sure you’re submitting only to legit contests that are open to your genre, and that they offer some type of reasonable prize (monetary, exposure, or both) based on the entry fee and the average number of entrants.

Movie Bytes: One of the go-to places for info and key contest dates (entry dates and fees, announcement dates, user ratings, etc.). Creating an account is free, and it’s a great way to organize what you’ve entered and to which contest.

Stage32: This is another place where it’s free to sign up. It’s a kind of social media site where you can find educational content, opportunities to pitch your work (for a price), and invitations to enter a host of writing competitions.