Four Screenplays: Studies in the American Screenplay
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Four Screenplays: Studies in the American Screenplay

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In a field being transformed by technology, SydField shows you what works and why and how to findnew ways to create a truly outstanding film usingfour extraordinary examples: Thelma &Louise, Terminator 2: JudgementDay, The Silence Of TheLambs, and Dances WithWolves....more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Delta (first published 1994)
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John Rachel
Syd has some very useful things to say about the craft of screenwriting. His analysis of these four screenplays __ excellent choices by any measure __ is helpful. But as with most guide books to doing anything well, they are after the fact, and merely indicate what was done well and how that was achieved, conforming understandably to the formula which Syd has extracted as a necessary structural component of all effective and successful screenplays.

While the formula is critical and necessary, the...more
drew
Silence of the Lambs and T2 are two of my favorite movies of all time ... to see them analyzed from the screenplay up was a wholeheartedly enjoyable experience. It gives a completely different perspective on the films, and the way Field picks the films apart to show the different ways they follow the "screenplay format" oddly enhances them. It delves into how the films came into existence, and interviews the screenwriters. If interested in screenplays -- read this book!
Aditya
Dances with Wolves, Silence of the Lambs, Thelma and Louise and Terminator 2. Great choice of screenplays to analyse and a blody good analysis. syd field's BEST BOOK.
night music -- bring on the clowns ♫
Thought-provoking analysis of the scripts for Thelma & Louise, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Silence Of The Lambs, and Dances With Wolves.
Kathleen
Didn't have to read the whole book for this course; just the section on THELMA AND LOUISE. Interesting, but ultimately not helpful for screenwriting.
Husti
Cuando un libro sobre escritura de guión te da ganas de escribir un guión, y además, te hace creer que es algo más o menos fácil, es que es bueno.
Linda
This is the third time I'm reading this book. It always, without fail, jumps starts the screenplay writing process for me.
Perry
Understanding the screenwriting process is an asset to the fiction writing process
Christopher Ryan
More analysis and insight. It is good information for those interested in craft.
Ira Livingston
Gives great insight to modern films with the theories of his previous books.
Matt Jones
A great study in the art if screenwriting
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