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Getting hold of scripts

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Jodan

  • Monday 5th January 2015, 10:53am
  • England
  • 23 posts

As the title suggests, I'm Trying to get hold of some scripts to check the layout and action etc. Is there anywhere Online that has a plenty of original scripts to read through rather than ones that have been edited to fit into a book. Thanks!

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gappy

  • Monday 5th January 2015, 10:58am
  • Oxford, England
  • 2,067 posts

There used to be a small selection available to download at the BBC Writers' Room site, you could see if they're still about.

They also had some simple docs to show you how they wanted live or studio scripts laid out, for both TV and radio - I'd imagine these would be suitable to use for any network...?

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Paul Wimsett

  • Monday 5th January 2015, 4:09pm
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • 3,391 posts

Just because it's online doesn't mean it's public domain!

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Jennie

  • Monday 5th January 2015, 7:52pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 2,767 posts

When it comes to layout, Celtx is your friend - perfectly serviceable (free) screenwriting software. Save the document as a PDF and no-one need know if it started life as Final Draft, Celtx or MS Word.

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Marc P

  • Monday 5th January 2015, 10:51pm
  • England
  • 17,698 posts

All I can say Jennie is you better have a damn good lawyer suggesting that!

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Chappers

  • Monday 5th January 2015, 10:54pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 31,247 posts

Yes - I would delete that post if I were you. Those legal eagles lurk around forums you know.

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Jennie

  • Tuesday 6th January 2015, 12:10am
  • England
  • 2,767 posts

Bloody lawyers :)

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Lee

  • Tuesday 6th January 2015, 12:57am
  • Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
  • 36,349 posts
Quote: Jennie @ 5th January 2015, 7:52 PM GMT

When it comes to layout, Celtx is your friend - perfectly serviceable (free) screenwriting software. Save the document as a PDF and no-one need know if it started life as Final Draft, Celtx or MS Word.

I used to use Celtx and was a very big fan and advocate and friends with the creators but when they changed from a free to subscription based cloud service I lost a lot of my very early work and was totally gutted!

I can't fault the software but it really turned me off using it and risk losing my work.

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sootyj

  • Tuesday 6th January 2015, 3:01pm
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

Celtix is a tool of the devil himself

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Marc P

  • Tuesday 6th January 2015, 10:46pm
  • England
  • 17,698 posts

It's not actually Scottish Sootyj!

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Lazzard

  • Wednesday 7th January 2015, 9:33am
  • Ludlow, England
  • 4,770 posts
Quote: Mr Writer Like In The Song @ 7th January 2015, 1:14 AM GMT

Not a fan of Celtx or scripts submitted as PDFs.

Why not PDF's?
Stops producers 'editing'.....