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Entertainment industry professionals regard Syd Field as the foremost authority on the craft of screenwriting. For over 25 years he has taught and guided thousands of professional screenwriters, many of who have gone on to become the biggest names in Hollywood. Syd Field's exclusive course is limited to 12 students and is given only a few times a year. This video version takes you on the same educational journey, in the comfort of your own home, at your own time and pace.
Tape 1 is devoted to preparing your screenplay, from the conception of the idea, definition of structure, creation of characters (including the crucial elements of dramatic need, point of view, attitude, and change), and the writing of a four-page treatment. Field's guidelines for character are particularly useful, and examples from familiar films effectively illustrate his points. Tape 2 covers the preparation and writing of acts 1, 2, and 3, with emphasis on such dramatic principles as "the inciting incident," conflict, confrontation, and resolution, with two "pinches" defined as act 2 elements that propel action forward. Field also covers the purpose and necessity of the rewriting process, from the second "mechanical" draft to the third-draft "polish."
Field's techniques are by no means the definitive or final word on writing a successful screenplay, but aspiring and established screenwriters would be foolish to disregard the lessons offered here. And while Field can be a bit stiff in his presentation, his instruction remains eminently practical, especially for anyone determined to work within the Hollywood studio system. The most gifted writers will recognize the value of Field's approach even as they transcend his formulas and elevate the craft of screenwriting to the level of art. --Jeff Shannon
Good viewing. He has a great attitude and can-do spirit. RIP Mr. Field. The box was a little bent,but the tapes are fine.Published 3 months ago by Karloff
I'm an experienced writer, but this is my first screenplay attempt. Syd Field has the instructions broken down to the point, that anyone who is serious about writing a screenplay... Read morePublished on August 17, 2009 by Carolyn Kingsley
Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop is a magnificent guideline for the beginner, intermediate and advanced screenwriter. Read morePublished on October 26, 2002 by S. Crudup
Mr Jeff Shannon (who Hollywood has apprently never heard of) is trying to tell us what is wrong with Syd Field who is a LEGEND in the field as a Teacher, Writing Coach and Script... Read morePublished on July 22, 2001
With all due respect Mr Field says it right. And those who suggest that the current clutch of unproduced and unsold Writing Instructors who tell us that there are now not... Read morePublished on April 16, 2001
I just got this video and I am so excited! I've read his books before, but this video is so inspiring and so easy to follow, I know I can write the screenplay that I've so often... Read morePublished on July 21, 1999