Writing for Film, TV and Emerging Media

Screenplays, TV shows, and documentaries

Primary: screenplays
  • Television screenplays (this is a short list Jenny Strickland compiled -- there are others in our collection)
  • AwesomeFilm
    Alphabetized list of scripts for download. The interface is a bit off-putting.
  • Daily Script
    Has a tab for TV or Movie scripts.  Has a search box.
  • Drew's Script-o-Rama
    An individual collects and shares drafts of scripts. For instance, 3 Kings includes the First Draft, the Revised Final Draft and the Shooting Draft for comparison.
  • Go into the Story
    This blog from The Blacklist contains a free and legal movie script library.
  • Internet Movie Script Database.  There are some pop-up and embedded ads on this site so beware!
  • Motion picture plays  The library collects screenplays. The subject for screenplays in the catalog is Motion Picture Plays
  • Movie Scripts and Screenplays
    Links to movie scripts and screenplays. Some scripts may require Adobe Acrobat Reader to read.
  • Screenplay Database
    You can browse alphabetically or by genre. 
  • Screenplays for You
    A robust A-Z list of screenplays from dramatic works to blockbusters.
  • Script City
    This is a commercial site where TV and film scripts can be purchased.  IC library has purchased some scripts so search the catalog first.   You can also recommend a purchase.  
  • Simply Scripts
    Links to free, downloadable scripts for current, classic, and soon-to-be-released movies.  Also includes scripts for television, radio, plays, and musicals.
Secondary: articles about screenplays:

Serling Scripts & Serling Award

The Encyclopedia of Television provides an entry for Rod Serling.  Quote, " His emphasis on character (psychology and motivation), the expedient handling of incisive, direct and forceful and painfully penetrating dialogue, alongside his moralizing subtext, placed him in a unique position to question mankind's prejudices and intolerance as he saw it."

Episodes can be or checked out on DVD from the library's Multimedia desk; the DVDs have supplementary materials such as interviews.

The Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice Through Popular Media honors a contemporary media industry professional whose work shines the light on prejudice, inequality, and evolving social norms.

Find fairy tales, ghost stories, etc.

Books from the library: Fulltext books: free on the web: Note: familiarize yourself with the Public Domain and Copyright (see, below).  Donaldson's Clearance & Copyright: everything you need to know for film and television is recommended.

For writing help, read:
Vogler, C. (2007). The writer’s journey: mythic structure for writers (3rd ed.). Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions.  (on reserves, Fall 2012)

Ripped from the Headlines

LexisNexis Academic
Search LexisNexis for news stories.

Google News: Human interest news

Copyright Resources for Filmmakers

See also: U. S. Copyright Office
According to the U. S. Constitution, the Copyright Office was established, “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries."

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Nonas, E. (2016). Story workout : Exercises to help you connect to the stories you want to tell / Elisabeth Nonas.   Professor Nonas's book on writing is available in the IC Library. You can purchase print copies or an ebook on the website.

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