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Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting Paperback – November 29, 2005
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“Screenplay is one of the bibles of the film trade and has launched many a would-be screenwriter on the road to Hollywood.” —Library Journal
“Syd Field is the preeminent analyzer in the study of American screenplays.” —James L. Brooks, AcademyAward–winning writer, director, producer
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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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But judging by the reveiews, it is a bible for aspiring writers as well as for many big-name Hollywod writers.
Like a finely crafted screenplay hooking and deeply touching an audience without a wasted word or scene, each inspiring chapter tells stories that share Field's wisdom accumulated through his own screenwriting practice and by interviewing many screewriters.
By referring to many excellent movies, Field illucidates the craft and highlights the persistence necessary to write and market better movies.
The downside is that I found his tone to be more arrogant than inspirational. I know a lot of beginning writers sometimes read books for encouragement as much as for actual information on how to go about the task its self. This will certainly give you a very simplified view on writing a screenplay in a three act structure. It might also make you question your project if your idea/project doesn't follow the hero/goal oriented paradigm. This said, I have yet to read a book on writing a screenplay that didn't at its heart offer this exact same information.
I loved it from page one through to the end. Thank you Mr. Field for the time and thought you spent on helping others reach their dreams.
The only place I had trouble was in following his screenplay examples since I hadn’t seen most of the films. But, if I took it upon myself to see them, I’m sure Field’s remarks would make a lot of sense.
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Good, instructional read.