Developer here. Thanks for the criticism, these are valid points.
Your first one is one of the things that appealed me to research on this topic and develop ScreenplaySubs. To what extent can we automate detecting changes between screenplay and film? This includes cut out scenes, rearranged scenes, cut out dialogues, rearranged dialogues, and improvised dialogues. Behind the scenes (no pun intended), ScreenplaySubs is able to capture these changes quite well, which I plan to do a technical write-up on. It’s not perfect, but it’s improving and it’s planning to add support for crowdsourcing for a more accurate screenplay-film mapping.
How I intended ScreenplaySubs to be used is by reading the screenplay or the movie first, and use this tool to analyze both while comparing your expectations with what it is on screen. These are the things I hope this free tool will be of some help with:
- Get new people who never even considered filmmaking/screenwriting as a profession to consider it
- Recognize the differences between the screenplay and the film and in that way challenges the viewer to infer of those change (Maybe the scene is boring chronologically? Maybe they didn’t have enough budget? Is the improvised line more preferable than what’s in the screenplay?)
Your last point sucks since there’s little I can do about that. Some do have scripts out to be eligible for film competitions and the likes.
Please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org, it would be awesome to have more of your thoughts :)
Creator here, those are great suggestions. I agree that the jumping can be quite jarring at times, so definitely onboard with #2. Will definitely consider them. Stay tuned!