FROM: Jimmy Joe von Screenwriter
TO: Writers Guild Foundation Library
RE: Please help
I was wondering if you were able to send me a copy of the screenplay for the movie THOR, as I am a huge fan of superhero movies, Norse paganism, and former Australian soap opera actors with strong upper-body development. If you could send me a copy of the script I would be grateful.
Hands down, requests for online copies of scripts represent the majority of the WGF’s emails. If “Do you have this script?” is our number one question, “Can I have a copy?” is probably number two.
We totally get it. Reading scripts is the best method for emerging writers and aspiring writers to study the craft. It’s the number one reason people visit the library and archive. The WGF collection includes a broad and unique range of script titles — from the classic “Chuckles Bites the Dust” episode of THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW to the pilot for BREAKING BAD — and even hot-off-the-PDF scripts from the binge-worthy ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.
Here’s the catch – due to copyright reasons and donor agreements, we cannot give people copies of the scripts, either in person or via email. And we know that you can Google a script title and find a bevy of online sites with digital scripts ready to download. But those scripts aren’t always obtained – or distributed – by ethical means, and as a library and archive, we adhere to donation policies and copyright policies to protect the rights of donors and writers. These policies make it possible for donors to trust us with their material, which allows us to collect the most current television scripts not readily available online. Besides, our library is very cool and a great place to come for inspiration. Just ask Matthew Weiner. He was a frequent visitor to the library during his days as an emerging writer.
What? You don’t live in LA? We feel for you. We’re also jealous that you don’t have to endure two hours on the freeway during the 405 “Improvement” project. We know it’s a challenge for users outside Los Angeles to find scripts. To serve the out-of-towners and more, we’re making a concerted effort to share single pages from scripts for educational purposes via our Online Exhibits, Facebook page, Twitter and this very blog.
Don’t see a script in our catalog or on the shelf? Please shoot us an email. We can’t make any promises, but we’ll do our best to submit a material request to the writer, production company, studio or network. We’ll even search if another library or resource might have a copy. Hey — that’s how we finally received the scripts for MARON! We’ve got your back.