Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

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Dell Pub., 1984 - 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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This is a fortune of practical experience and advice. - Goodreads
But a great and helpful introduction. - Goodreads
I am so grateful to him for writing it. - Goodreads
I've used his insights for sermon preparation. - Goodreads
It helped me with the key to writing, the outline. - Goodreads
With an outline, I knew where I was writing every day. - 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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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 Also, I recommend the 1994 edition which features a hilariously outdated chapter on writing for computers.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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SYD FIELD is the internationally acclaimed screenwriter, producer, teacher, lecturer, and author of several bestselling books. He has been a script consultant for Roland Jaffe's film production company, 20th Century Fox, the Disney Studios, Universal Pictures and Tri-Star Pictures, and was the American Screenwriting Association's first inductee into the Screenwriting Hall of Fame. He lives in Beverly Hills, CA

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