Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Thy cup of free Academy consideration screenplays runneth over - Dark Knight, Doubt, Duchess, Changeling, Happy-Go-Lucky, Wall-E, Vicky Cristina

Studios are offering up a bunch of their films' screenplays for consideration of an Academy Award nomination. Read 'em! They're good! They're free! Here's a roundup of what's currently available with links to the script downloads:

CHANGELING - undated, unspecified draft script by J. Michael Straczynski

THE DARK KNIGHT - undated, unspecified draft script by Jonathan & Christopher Nolan

DEFIANCE - September 9, 2007 revised tan draft script by Clayton Frohman & Edward Zwick (based on the book by Nechama Tec)

DOUBT - undated, unspecified draft script by John Patrick Shanley (based in his stage play)

- November 20, 2007 shooting draft script by Jeffery Hatcher and Anders Thomas Jensen and Saul Dibb (based on the book "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire" by Amanda Foreman)

FROST/NIXON - August 27, 2007 revised yellow draft script by Peter Morgan

HAPPY-GO-LUCKY - undated, unspecified draft script by Mike Leigh

- undated, unspecified draft script by Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon (original story by Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter)

VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA - undated, unspecified draft script by Woody Allen

Thank you to SimplyScripts for the heads-up.

1 comment:

Cake Man said...

The Dark Knight is by far one of my favorite films of the year, though perhaps my man-crush on Batman makes me a little biased. I've taken a look at the script, though, and it's very clearly a writer-director's script. By that, I mean that a lot of the descriptions and action across the page are concise to the point of being almost underwhelming. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, but it strikes me as a clear difference between the script that Chris Nolan just-the-writer would have written, versus the one that Chris Nolan, writer-director wrote. He knew what needed to happen in each beat, and therefore didn't waste time explainig it in great detail. There's a lesson in writing action in there. Personally, I would have broken a few things out more, but it's certainly an approach to writing action worth studying.