Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (Google eBook)
From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script..
Here are easily understood guidelines to make film-writing accessible to novices and to help practiced writers improve their scripts. Syd Field pinpoints the structural and stylistic elements essential to every good screenplay. He presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the script that will succeed.
•Why are the first ten pages of your script crucially important?
•How do you collaborate successfully with someone else?
•How do you adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplay?
•How do you market your script?
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Screenplay: The Foundations of ScreenwritingUser Review - Kevin - Goodreads
Great introduction to the basics of screenwriting. I found it very helpful. Also, I recommend the 1994 edition which features a hilariously outdated chapter on writing for computers. Computers are the future everyone! Read full review
Review: Screenplay: The Foundations of ScreenwritingUser Review - Joshua Berg - Goodreads
The structure Mr. Field has identified for screenplays is the standard for the industry. Not to mention, it works. If you want to write for Hollywood, you must read this. Read full review