Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Reference - 336 pages
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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?

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Great introduction to the basics of screenwriting. - Goodreads
This is a fortune of practical experience and advice. - Goodreads
I am so grateful to him for writing it. - Goodreads
But a great and helpful introduction. - Goodreads
I've used his insights for sermon preparation. - Goodreads
It helped me with the key to writing, the outline. - Goodreads

Review: Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

User 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 Also, I recommend the 1994 edition which features a hilariously outdated chapter on writing for computers.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

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User 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


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About the author (2007)

Syd Field is a screenwriter, producer, teacher, international lecturer, and author of the bestselling books Screenplay, The Screenwriter's Workbook, Selling a Screenplay, and Four Screenplays. Published in 1982, Screenplay has been translated into sixteen languages, and is used in more than 250 colleges and universities across the country. At present he is creative consultant to the governments of Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Austria, and South Africa, and has been a script consultant for Roland Jaffe's film production company, for Alfonso Arau and Laura Esquivel on Like Water for Chocolate, and for Tri-Star Pictures. He lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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