Scriptwriting Resource

We occasionally get questions about writing for film/tv, and I stumbled on this last week and my mind is completely blown.

It’s a collection of primarily pilot scripts from the last decade+ including drama (US & UK) and comedy (US), which is fantastic if you want to draft a pilot, or just learn more about writing for the screen. 

It also contains a smattering of animation scripts, and prominent episode scripts from some series, as well as writing ‘bibles’ that give you so much more than just the script. 

It’s amazing. You’ll get lost in there, and in the best way. 

No, they don’t have everything, but they have A LOT, across many genres, and IT’S FREE.
And if you’ve recently decided to submit for writing fellowships and have to bang out pilot and spec scripts in the next three weeks, it’s incredibly helpful.


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New Tumblr update fixes

So I went searching in the hopes that maybe people have already started making scripts to fix Tumblr’s fuck-ups update, and there are already a couple out! Bless you guys.

There’s not many unfortunately but hopefully that will change as more time passes for people to make the scripts and undo this mess that Tumblr has thrown at us – again.

You will need the Stylish extension to install these.
Get it here for Chrome;
or here for Firefox.

Will update as I find more useful scripts come out !

Mandombe/Mandombé script

Mandombe or Mandombé, is a script proposed in 1978 in Mbanza-Ngungu in the Bas-Congo province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo by Wabeladio Payi, who related that it was revealed to him by Simon Kimbangu, the prophet of the Kimbanguist Church, in a dream. It is based on the sacred shapes 5 and ㄹ, and intended for writing African languages such as the four national languages of the Congo, Kikongo, Lingala, Tshiluba and Swahili, though it does not have enough vowels to write Lingala fully. It is believed  that research into the script will result in scientific discoveries. It is taught in Kimbanguist church schools in Angola, the Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also promoted by the Kimbanguist Centre de l’Écriture Négro-Africaine (CENA).  It has been classified as the third most viable indigenous script of recent indigenous African scripts, behind only the Vai syllabary and the N'Ko alphabet.

Sources: 1 | 2


Lord’s Prayer in Swahili written in Mamdombe script

8 - WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME - 805 million names by Martin Schmetzer & Tyrsa.

On 14 February 2015, Paris Saint-German played against Caen at Parc des Princes. For most players this game was just another day on the job. For Zlatan Ibrahimović this was his most important game to date.

Underneath his sweater he had 50 new names tattooed. Names of people he’d never met, but still wanted to keep close. Names of some of the 805 million people suffering from hunger today.

These people don’t often make the front page, yet hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

This is a campaign from the World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In emergencies, they get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.

How to talk to strangers in social situations

It’s ok and socially expected to initiate conversations with strangers at certain kinds of gatherings. If a lot of people who don’t know each other are at the same gathering, and there is a social element to the gathering, it’s considered normal to initiate conversations with strangers.

Some examples of this type of environment:

  • Parties
  • Conferences
  • Freshman orientation
  • Kiddush after services at a synagogue

A script that usually works well for initiating conversation with a stranger:

  • You: Hi, I’m [Your name].
  • They will usually reply: I’m [their name].
  • Then the next thing you do is ask them a question that is slightly, but not very, personal based on the context
  • Then they usually answer and ask you the same question
  • This tends to result in you discovering something of mutual interest and having a conversation

Some examples of contextually appropriate questions:

  • If you’re at a party someone is throwing: “How do you know [host’s name]” usually works
  • (Even if they don’t actually know the host, this still usually works because they can answer something like “Actually, I came here with my friend.”)
  • If you’re at a conference: “What brings you here?” usually works. (And will usually get to an area of mutual interest quickly, since being at the same conference with someone implies that you care about some of the same things).
  • This is a better question than “What do you do?” because asking about someone’s job as an initial question is often interpreted as you asking them “Are you high status enough that I should bother talking to you?”. “What brings you here?” is more neutral
  • If you’re at a kiddush at a synagogue: “Are you a member here?” usually works, so long as you’re not asking it in an accusatory tone. 
  • If there’s a bat or bat mitzvah, “Are you relatives of the bar/bat mitzvah?” usually works (even if you’re not and they’re not. The question works no matter what the answer is
  • At freshman orientation or similar: “Where are you from?” usually works well as an initial question.

If you’re not sure whether you’ve met before, you can still introduce yourself. This is a script that works:

  • “I’m not sure if we’ve met before - I’m kind of bad with faces. I’m [Your name]”.
  • Then, if they don’t know you, you can use the usual script.
  • And if they do know you, then they’ll usually explain the context you know them in.
  • And then you can talk about that.

tl;dr It’s ok (and can be fun) to initiate conversations with strangers at parties and conferences and suchlike. Scroll up for some scripts.

Anyone else want to weigh in? What are some initial questions that work in other contexts?