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The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problems Paperback – February 17, 1998
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"The most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world."—The Hollywood Reporter
"If I were writing screenplays...I would carry Syd Field around in my back pocket wherever I went."—Steven Bochco, writerproducerdirector, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue
"I based Like Water For Chocolate on what i learned in Syd's books. Before, I always felt structure imprisoned me, but what I learned was structure really freed me to focus on the story."—Laura Esquivel
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His internationally acclaimed best-selling books Screenplay, The Screenwriter's Workbook, and The Screenwriter's Problem Solver have established themselves as the "bibles" of the film industry. Screenplay and The Screenwriter's Workbook are in their fortieth printing and are used in more than 400 colleges and universities across the country and have been translated and published in 29 languages.
Field was also a special consultant to the Film Preservation Project for the famed Getty Center, was the first inductee into the prestigious Screenwriting Hall of Fame of the American Screenwriting Association and is a recipient of the distinguished Final Draft Hall of Fame Award.
Field chaired the Academic Liaison Committee at The Writer's Guild of America, West, was on faculty at the USC Master's of Professional Writing Program, has taught at Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, the AFI and many other noted institutions. He has been a special script consultant to 20th Century Fox, the Disney Studios, Universal and Tristar Pictures.
He was a creative screenwriting consultant to the governments of Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Norway, and had collaborated with such noted filmmakers as Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien), James L. Brooks (Broadcast News, As Good As It Gets), Luis Mandoki (When A Man Loves A Woman), Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields, The Mission), and Tony Kaye (American History X).
Field has taught screenwriting workshops in Berlin, Bombay, Brussels, Buenos Aires, the Canadian Film Industry in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton, in Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, South Africa, Sydney, Warsaw, and by special invitation of the Ministries of Culture in Vienna and Zurich. He was the keynote speaker at the International Film Festivals in Berlin, Rio de Janeiro and Oslo, Norway, and the President of the International Film Jury at the Flanders International Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium.
Some of Field's former students include Oscar winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Y Tu Mama Tambien), Golden Globe nominated writer/director Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids, Girls), three time Oscar nominated writer/producer Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Walking Dead), Oscar nominated writer Anna Hamilton Phelan (Mask, Gorillas in the Mist), two time Oscar nominated writer/director John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice), Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire), Laura Esquivel (Like Water For Chocolate), and Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries, Scream 1 - 4).
Top Customer Reviews
Lecturing on about how important it is to adapt one's script to the right format, and constant nagging on about avoiding talking heads, the author himself could have considered checking up on some of his own advice on how to keep the reader's interest, and avoiding dull and uninteresting writing.
I forced myself to continue through the 3-8 chapter (of a total of 22) with the cod-liver-oil-attitude; "I hate this, but I must - it's supposed to be good for me". Repeating sentences every ten minutes might function well in the author's classroom lecturing, but on print it's overly annoying. Especially when nothing really new seems to surface after chapter one. Sorry, but I got the feeling that somebody is trying to "squeeze some extra dollars out of me by using a well selling name", rather than was my hope; a sharing of real knowledge... hopefully made out of the urge to tell something of real value. Isn't this the perfect example of the wrong motivation for writing, the very same as the author is urging his reader no to do?
A much better read, and far more comprehensive, informative and enlightening, I find Linda Seger's book "How to make a good script great" which I am currently enjoying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the best books I've read on the art of diagnosing and editing screenplay problems. I got much more out of this in one sitting than going through years of weekly... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Richard M. Santoro
Syd Field was a professional on many levels and following up his collection of books with a problem solver was genius.Published 17 months ago by Michelle J. Brewer
I know people seem to have strong feelings one way or another on this book. I personally loved it, and found it to be a very informative and helpful primer on the subject.Published 18 months ago by Just An Opinion
I bought this book to catch up on ways to motivate myself when writing my scripts. I run into problems with scenes that don't fit and the book easily explains what to do. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jim
Amazing book, Syd is the king of the screenplay, this is just one of several essential books for any screenwriter.Published on November 20, 2013 by Thomas J. Ryan
a unique problem solver for troubleshooters...
I guess my brevity didn't qualify so well golly gee whiz I don't know what else to say
It's a great addition to any... Read more
There is nothing in this book that isn't in a million other books on screenwriting. Field's own "Screenplay" covers the same ground as this (and more) and does so in a more... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by ANDE
The Screenwriter's Problem Solver offers a common-sense approach to rewriting a screenplay. It breaks down the elements of a script -- plot, character, and structure -- and helps... Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by Matthew Stern