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Old November 25th, 2010, 02:07 AM   #1
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30 second scripts?

Does anybody know whe I can download some 30 second scripts, commercials or other?
I want to create a couple demo clips to add to py portfolio, and I work much better if I have a "project".

Any help finding a couple would be greatly appreciated.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 03:16 AM   #2
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Just bear in mind that there's copyright involved, even on a 30 second script.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 05:53 PM   #3
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Copyright's were not in the question? Some would consider this "unsolicited advice".
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Old November 27th, 2010, 10:40 PM   #4
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Depends what market you are after. When I wanted to start making political 'build a spot' ads, I found many ads and wrote down what was said, and then re-made the ad with a different look. For other markets, you could probably do the same, but obviously change any names and trademarks involved.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #5
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That's a good idea...
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Old November 28th, 2010, 06:34 AM   #6
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Copyright's were not in the question? Some would consider this "unsolicited advice".
It mightn't be in the question, but it is in the script. There's no copyright on ideas, just don't do a straight remake of some else's script. Advertisers often do a rehash on the idea, better if you can improve on the idea, even if they often don't.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 10:49 AM   #7
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Copyright's were not in the question? Some would consider this "unsolicited advice".
Downloading someone's script and shooting it without permission can lead to problems. Some might consider that advice as well heeded.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 11:32 AM   #8
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Downloading anybody's intellectual property and using it without permisson can be problematic?

BTW, after I posted this, I did find several sites that allowed the download of scripts for non-commercial use.

They are all well documented as to the allowed usage of their IP.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 11:41 AM   #9
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It's OK as long as they release you to use the script and make it into a film. If they don't, they hold the copyright and obtaining the filming rights of a script usually involves a contract that assigns those rights.

Non commercial use usually involves education about script writing and the process of development, rather than actaully making the scripts into films. You have to be clear what they mean.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 08:30 PM   #10
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I wrote a pair of tutorials including storyboards on this subject back when I was a columnist for Videomaker Magazine back some years ago.

You can find them here: You might have to register, but it doesn't cost anything.

Sample of a Storyboard

Selling Laughs: How to Create Your Own Commercial Parody

Maybe that will help you start.

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Old November 29th, 2010, 10:52 AM   #11
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[QUOTE=Chris Sgaraglino;1592952]Downloading anybody's intellectual property and using it without permisson can be problematic?

To answer your question - yes.

Glad you found someone who gave you permission.

Have fun.
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