Today, we have two very different scripts. One is only 31 pages long, featuring one man adrift at sea, using all of his resourcefulness to stay alive, although his outcome looks bleak. The other script runs 126 pages, featuring a man who can't stop talking about his philosophies and potential tall tales, convincing a boy and his friend to help this man elude bounty hunters to reunite with his love. Both are excellent examples of screenwriting. Thanks to Roadside Attractions, we present the screenplays for All Is Lost and Mud.
Writer/director J.C. Chandor pulls off a 180-degree turn from the excellent, dialogue-driven Margin Call to an almost dialogue-free script for All Is Lost, now playing in U.S. theatres. Here's the trailer:
One of my favorite films of the years, writer/director Jeff Nichols' third feature film Mud provides a unique tale about first love told through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy yearning for answers, ready to follow a charismatic outlaw and help him evade his enemies to reunite with his true love. Here's the trailer:
Thanks to Roadside Attractions, here are 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 go offline.
Also, if you missed our previous posts about award contender screenplays available for free, legal download, you can find them at the links below:
- Dallas Buyers Club and The Place Beyond the Pines
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Saving Mr. Banks, Rush and Lone Survivor
- Nebraska, Philomena and August: Osage County
- 12 Years a Slave, Enough Said and The Way Way Back
- Gravity, 42, Prisoners, and The Great Gatsby
- Wadjda, The Invisible Woman and The Past
- Fruitvale Station and Lee Daniels' The Butler
- Despicable Me 2 and The Croods
- The Spectacular Now, Spring Breakers, and The Bling Ring
- Before Midnight and Kill Your Darlings
Do you work on telling your stories more through action or dialogue? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.