As the awards season machine revs up, we get the opportunity for more free, legal downloads of screenplays for our consideration.
The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures have jumped into the fray, offering screenplays for St. Vincent and Get on Up, respectively. So if you're looking for a script with an offbeat comedic tone tailor-made for a comic icon, or you're more in the mood to learn about how to write a biopic of a music legend, we got you covered either way. First, here are the trailers for the films:
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Recently, the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting has posted the first page of a variety of screenplays on Facebook to give screenwriters an idea how these movies started on the page. When they posted Page One of St. Vincent back in September, the first page struck me as a great example of setting the tone for a script. From that one page of Theodore Melfi's script, you have a real sense of the kind of movie you are about to read and the type of character the protagonist Vincent will be.
When it comes to biopics, screenwriters face the challenge of finding the key moments in a person's life to tell a story in approximately two hours. They can stretch all the way back to childhood to give context to choices the person makes as an adult, or they can focus on a very specific period in a person's life that tells a more contained story. Get on Up falls in the former category, and not surprisingly hits the 133-page mark and 139-minute runtime as a result of its wider scope.
Here are the links to PDFs of the screenplays, thanks to The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures, respectively.
- St. Vincent, written by Theodore Melfi
- Get on Up, screenplay by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, story by Steven Baigelman and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth
As always, please use these screenplays for educational purposes only, and don't wait to download the scripts as we never know when the distributors will take them off the Internet.
If you missed our earlier post, make sure you check out the screenplays for Gone Girl and The Fault in Our Stars. As more screenplays became available for free, legal download during awards season, we'll post them here, so stay tuned.