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by Script Reader Pro in Screenwriting Tips/Hacks
May 23, 2012 3 comments
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As we’ve already stated, you need to read screenplays all the time if you want to greatly improve your screenwriting ability, and Blacklist scripts are a great way of doing this. In this post, we’ll take a look at why. 

Reading badly written screenplays helps as well, of course, but nothing quite beats reading professional standard scripts, or close to professional, to get your writing chops up to speed.

As well as reading pro screenplays online, our advice is to download and read as many Blacklist scripts as you can.

Firstly, What Is A Blacklist Script Exactly?

No, there isn’t a script blacklist, like a 1950s McCarthy version of screenplays that aren’t allowed to be read.

A Blacklist script is simply one that’s on the Blacklist — the annual round-up of the best unproduced screenplays floating around Hollywood.

Every year The Blacklist publishes a list of Hollywood Blacklist scripts — the year’s best screenplays as voted for by the industry’s people in the know — agents, producers and managers.

Many blockbuster films were once lived life as an unproduced Blacklist script, such as The King’s Speech and Juno.

Bear in mind that scripts on the Blacklist are different from the unproduced Blacklist scripts that writers can upload to the Blacklist website.

The Two Different Types Of Blacklist Scripts

On this site, aspiring screenwriters can (for a fee) get feedback on their scripts and watch it climb the ranks of an online voting system.

This is a relatively new site, and while beneficial to some writers, we suggest sticking to reading the higher quality screenplays found on the original Blacklist.

Reading examples of Blacklist screenwriting will help you keep abreast of what’s hot in Hollywood and the kind of standard you need to reach if you want one of your scripts to make it onto their annual list.

Unfortunately you can’t download the scripts from The Blacklist website, but you can read all the screenplays that were on the 2009 Blacklist here, and I’m sure there are other places you can download them too if you type “read blacklist scripts” into Google.

Read as many Blacklist screenplays and professional screenplays as you can, watch how your screenwriting ability improves exponentially and soon you may find your own screenplay on the Blacklist.

3 Comments
  1. Taylor C says:

    That’s good thinking guys. Nice

  2. Daley Nixon says:

    Do you have any black list scripts before 2008?

    1. SRP says:

      Hey there, no sorry we don’t. Try contacting them directly.

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