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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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That is why I bought this book and let me tell you Syd does a great job of explaining how to correctly structure a script. He breaks it down for you. Now, every time I watch a movie I can break it down. I read this book a total of three times. The knowledge in it is amazing.
After reading this book I sat down and took an idea and wrote a 114 page script. I had people read it and for my first script it wasn't bad. I just have to work on dialogue. This book has made me attend local seminars and given me the push I need to start a (hopefully) successful film career. Thanks Syd! Good luck to everyone else, and trust me start by reading this book!