Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting
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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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.
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 Also, I recommend the 1994 edition which features a hilariously outdated chapter on writing for computers.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