The Sopranos pilot script was written by show creator David Chase.
Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend than inspiration.
I could be just a writer very easily. I am not a writer. I am a screenwriter, which is half a filmmaker. … But it is not an art form, because screenplays are not works of art. They are invitations to others to collaborate on a work of art.
Each thing you add to your story is a drop of paint falling into clear water; it spreads through and colors everything.
I regularly get emails from readers hoping that I have some obscure script or another in my personal collection. I almost never do. But thankfully there is a much better resource available to LA residents than my bookshelf.
The Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library is open to the public — you don’t have to be a WGA member to use it — and it has over 25,000 scripts and screenwriting resources on its shelves. The library’s hours aren’t exactly ideal for anyone who works a nine to five, but if you have a flexible schedule and live in or near LA, you should definitely check out the amazing collection of scripts found here.
According to the website:
Our mission is to collect scripts, preserve them, and make them available to everyone who comes to visit – not just Writers Guild members. We provide wireless internet and a quiet place for writers to work.
Most of our collection consists of produced film, television, radio and video game scripts– many of which have received major writing awards (WGA, Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, etc). We also collect books, periodicals, DVDs, videos, and other materials on the history, biography, art, craft and business of writing for entertainment media.
The collection includes:
- 16,000 produced television scripts
- 4,000 produced film scripts
- 760 radio scripts
- 100 new media and video game scripts
- 2,700 books on writing, writers, and the entertainment industry
- 5,600 taped programs, events, seminars, and interviews
The library provides reference help on topics such as:
- Writers’ credits and biographies
- History of writers in Hollywood
- Major industry writing awards
- WGA history
- Books and magazines on film and television writing
- Locating scripts in other collections
- Getting an agent
- Research strategies, copyright basics, and matters related to creative and business aspects of writing (See the library’s FAQ)
Basically, its a writer’s mecca. Plan your visit today:
Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library
7000 W. Third St.,
Los Angeles, CA 90048
11am – 5pm Monday – Friday
11am – 8pm Thursday
Closed the last Friday of each month
New Saturday Hours
What people are ashamed of usually makes a good story.
IndieWire’s blog The Playlist recently put together a list of 13 screenwriters to watch in 2014.
This list is both inspiring and depressing. It’s an essential read for people who are writing their first script so that they can start to understand just how much work you have to do before you can be considered “on the rise.” Several of these writers have multiple credits and over ten years of work under their belts, either in screenwriting, television, or playwriting.
Too often, writers are ridden roughshod over during production, overlooked by the press and forgotten when the reviews and awards come pouring in (if they do). And yet thousands still set out to make their living as writers, because the rewards for the lucky few who do make it to the top of the tree are enormous, and every year brings an exciting new batch of talent whose writing skills make them as crucial as any part of a movie-making team. read more »
Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.