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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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One of the best parts of the book is it illustrates the concepts through numerous examples of films that employ these concepts. This not only helped with my understanding, but turned me on to some great films I had not yet seen. Since reading this book, I've watched Chinatown and American Beauty. The knowledge I gained from Screenplay heightened my enjoyment of watching these films because I now have a better appreciation for the craftsmanship that went into the creation.
This book offers several nods to developing an OUTLINE coupled with exerts from actual scripts (some current... mostly dated).
Partial autobiography, partial name drops... This book did not cut it in any way, shape or form.
There's only 1 chapter that covers technical writing in extremely (EXTREMELY) broad strokes followed by a bland glossary of terminology that would grant any beginner's script exclusive rights to the bottom of the trash bin.
If you're just starting out, I would highly recommend The Screenwriter's Bible. That book has a wealth of knowledge and insight into writing an amazing spec script with an extremely detailed breakdown of industry standard, script composition, and terminology along with step-by-step analysis.
For a guy who wanted to jump on a film making world, this book is a good read, you could understand a lot more of writing script for film or screenplay. So I give 4/5.