Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

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Dell Publishing Company, 1994 - Performing Arts - 246 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
... about the book: its easy to read and understand. - Flipkart
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
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Syd Field's book about Screenplay was very helpful and resource for young writer's looking into screen writing. There are examples of screenplays and helpful tips on what makes a movie work and popular. Also information on how to get your screenplay sold. However Syd Field's Screenplay is only about how Hollywood does their films and doesn't account for foreign films and other formats. Overall I enjoyed the book and kept it after using it as a textbook. 

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 Also, I recommend the 1994 edition which features a hilariously outdated chapter on writing for computers.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

Contents

What Is a Screenplay?
7
The Subject
18
Character
26
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Sydney Alvin Field was born in Hollywood, California on December 19, 1935. He acted while majoring in literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Then, at the suggestion of one of his instructors, the filmmaker Jean Renoir, he entered film school at the University of California, Los Angeles. His uncle, Sol Halprin, the Academy Award-winning head of the camera department at 20th Century Fox, helped him find a job at the television company Wolper Productions. He started in the shipping department but eventually helped produce the company's documentary series Biography, hosted by Mike Wallace. He left to pursue his dream of writing screenplays. He wrote scripts for several television shows including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Batman, but never had a major hit. While writing reviews of screenplays and reading thousands of poorly conceived works submitted to another production company he worked for, he decided aspiring writers needed help and wrote his first book, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting. His wrote several other books including Going to the Movies: A Personal Journey through Four Decades of Modern Film. He also taught at several universities, served as a consultant to Hollywood studios, and advised scientists on how to write screenplays to stir interest in science as a career. He was elected to the Screenwriting Hall of Fame of the American Screenwriting Association. He died from hemolytic anemia on November 17, 2013 at the age of 77.

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