I may be late to the party on this one, but I’ve just discovered SUBZIN — a web site that allows you to “find phrases in movies and series.” What’s more, it tells you the running time in the movie, or TV show, that the line appeared.
I don’t know how it’s being updated, how accurate it is, or how long it’s been around, but upon cursory investigation it appears to be pretty comprehensive.
How does this help your screenwriting?
Possibly a few ways. You can:
- figure out what movie a particular line was from (to investigate how the writer handled the set up or response to that line)
- make sure your dialogue is unique
- find out if a word you think you’ve coined has been used before
- find out when major plot points occurred in movies that are analogous to your current script (to help you with your script’s structure)
- see if you’re using a word correctly (or at least similar to a way it’s been used previously)
Try it out and let me know what you think.
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