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The Motion Picture Scripts Database provides a searchable interface to the film script holdings of eight Los Angeles-area collections: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the American Film Institute; the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Southern California; the Writers Guild of America, West; and the Warner Bros. Archives at University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. This database is limited almost exclusively to the screenplays of produced films; that is, films which were actually made. The only exception is the inclusion of a few published scripts of unproduced films.
The screenplays themselves are either unpublished
working scripts (or facsimiles thereof) or published screenplays.
No attempt has been made to indicate which particular version a
collection may hold or whether multiple versions are available. The authoritative source on any particular title is always the holding
institution. As new holdings are added continuously, queries regarding
the availability of titles not listed here also should be directed to
the individual institutions.
Use of the materials listed here is generally
restricted. Although policies vary from institution to
institution, most scripts are non-circulating and must be used on the
premises of the owning library. Also, photocopying of unpublished
scripts is strictly prohibited.
Entries include title, releasing company, Los Angeles
release date (or production date), a description of film type (where
applicable), screenwriter(s) and institutional holdings.
Title: The records of the Academy
Library provide the foundation for the standardization of this
compilation. These records are based on the Los Angeles releases
of films in accordance with eligibility requirements for the Academy
Awards. As such, script titles here are generally the titles of
films as released in Los Angeles County. Exceptions, of course,
are scripts for films which were not released in Los Angeles.
These include foreign films, direct to video titles and small market
films. Generally, a foreign film is listed by its translated
English title, with its original title included as an alternate.
Other titles are listed by their commonly known names. Provisions
for films with multiple release titles are made in the alternate title
Whenever possible, titles are given in their official
form, with punctuation, numeric characters and abbreviations as they
would appear onscreen.
Releasing Company: The releasing
company handling the distribution in Los Angeles is given. Records for films without a theatrical release in Los Angeles County
(i.e., foreign films, direct to video films, etc.) do not include this
Release Date: Consistent with Academy
policy, the release date refers to the first year in which a film was
released in Los Angeles County. Records for films without a
theatrical release in Los Angeles include the dates of first public
screening (usually culled from Variety reviews, the Internet Movie
Database or other sources). These dates should be considered
general and not definitive. These dates are listed as “original
Occasionally a film will receive a Los Angeles release
long after its original production or release elsewhere. In such
cases, both dates are included.
Film Type: In an attempt to
distinguish scripts for various types of films, eleven descriptors are
employed: animated, animated compilation, animated short, compilation,
documentary, documentary short, live action/animated, serial, short,
short compilation, short series. When a film can be determined to
meet one of these criteria, a descriptor is included in the record.
Screenwriters: The writing credits as
presented on the screen are given. These credits were compiled
and cross-checked using a number of resources. Credits here are
No attempt has been made to include uncredited
writers. Actual holdings may include drafts by writers other than
those who received final credit. Likewise, no attempt has been
made to uncover “true” names of pseudonymous credits; for example, both
P. H. Vazak and Robert Towne have films to their credit listed here.
For a handful of records no screenwriter is
provided. Frequently, this is simply due to a lack of available
information. In some cases, such as with documentaries, there is
no screenwriter credit.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
Margaret Herrick Library
333 South La Cienega Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Core Collection: (310) 247-3020 (no appointment necessary)
Special Collections: (310) 247-3036 x2226 (by appointment only)
The American Film Institute (AFI)
Louis B. Mayer Library
2021 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Holdings current through February 2018
California Institute of the Arts Library
24700 McBean Pkwy.
Valencia, CA 91355
Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library (HRL)
1623 North Ivar Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Holdings current through October 2015
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Holdings current through October 2003
University of Southern California (USC)
Cinematic Arts Library
Doheny Memorial Library
G43550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0185
Holdings current through October 2003
Warner Bros Archives (USC's School of Cinematic Arts)
The Warner Bros Archives at University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts holds Story Department files up to 1967 from Warner Bros film and television. The holdings also include some First National and Triangle Films titles. The file contents vary by title and may contain literary source materials, story memos, synopses, treatments, continuities, dialogue transcripts and various versions of the script from early drafts to finals.
For additional information or to make an appointment to view files, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the online request form.
Writers Guild Foundation (WGF)
7000 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4329
Holdings current through September 2019