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'Silver Linings Playbook,' 'The Master,' and 'Quartet' Screenplays For Your Consideration

It’s a beautiful day in awards season when I wake up, rub the sleep from my eyes, scurry down the stairs and discover not one, not two, but three new screenplays have magically appeared for my consideration and the consideration of screenwriters the world ’round. I’ll never know how jolly ol’ Harvey gets down that chimney, but I do know I’ll enjoy reading the screenplays for Silver Linings Playbook, The Master and Quartet courtesy of The Weinstein Company.

First, here’s the trailer for Silver Linings Playbook, now playing in the U.S.:

And here’s the trailer for The Master, still playing in a few theatres in the U.S.:

Finally, here’s the trailer for Quartet, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut, opening Dec. 28 in the U.S.:

Finding the right tone in a screenplay is so important, and if the tone is inconsistent, a reader will likely want to pass on the script. Tone is a big reason why I’m excited to read David O. Russell’s screenplay for Silver Linings Playbook, adapted from Matthew Quick’s novel, as the story finds humor in incomfortable yet very human moments. The screenplay for The Master may illuminate certain elements of P.T. Anderson’s film, or may obfuscate it that much more, but will likely make an interesting read. And Quartet? Learning how to adapt a stage play into a screenplay from Oscar-winner Ronald Harwood (The Pianist) sounds pretty good to me.

Here are the links to the screenplays:

As always, please use these screenplays for your educational purposes only, and don’t wait to download them as we never know when they will be taken offline. Several more screenplays available for legal download for your consideration can be found at the end of our previous post on award-contending screenplays.

And yes, I was purposely avoiding writing references to Harvey Weinstein being the master of awards campaigns or writing the playbook on awards campaigns. Until now.

What do you hope to learn from reading these screenplays? Let us know in the Comments.

Link: The Weinstein Company – For Your Consideration


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  • Thanks very much….The best site ever….Can you please post the screenplays of Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi Soon…..and can you please post the screenplay of the upcoming movies.???

  • To any first-timers wanting to write a screenplay….. don’t base your model off of Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. Yeesh.

  • Well it looks like a shooting script for one. Most of the action is direction like “PAN TO…. ” or just simple things like “PAT SITS. PAT LIES ON HIS BED. THE RECEPTIONIST REACTS.”

    If you’re writing a screenplay, you want good descriptive action. Like this snippet from Les Mis:

    “Storm-lashed sea and driving rain. A great wave rises up
    and hammers down. As it recedes we see the figures of men
    heaving on great ropes, the sea water streaming down over
    their faces.”

    If you’re an unestablished writer, you also want to avoid blatant direction like Russell. He can write the entire script in ALL CAPS and get away with it because a) he’s David O. Russell, and b) it’s his movie. If you were to take the same script, slap a different name on it, and send it in to a producer…. they’d throw it in the trash and burn it. But, again, it looks like a bare bones shooting script. Which is fine, just don’t model your own screenplay off of it.

  • Ronjeev Das on 12.8.12 @ 1:47AM

    Thank You NFS… You are an Institution in yourself….You deserve accolade !! Please enlighten us by posting the screenplay of Life of Pi….!!!

  • The screenplay of The Master appears to be an early version–or maybe the movie just changed a LOT in post?? Just opened it up and its fascinating. Will read it in full later and compare it to my memory of the movie.

    And yes, thank you very much for these links! I love these posts!

    • Definitely an early version–quickly skimming, I can already see whole scenes about Freddie’s tattoos and how important they are, not to mention other scenes and changes. Fascinating.

      • Just finished reading the entire screenplay. Totally engrossing. Some parts are radically different. Some of the changes i don’t like, some I do; but this early version is a GREAT look into the mind of PT. I’m insanely curious about how early of a draft this is now, and when these things changed. (after he showed the script to Tom Cruise?)

  • Does anyone still have the shooting script for Silver Linings? I would LOVE to get my hands on that and would find it infinitely more interesting than the screenplay since its down to the shots.

    I’d really appreciate it.