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The Definitive Guide To Screenwriting

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Published for the first time in the UK, Syd Field, acclaimed writer and director, tells you step-by-step how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems, providing the professional secrets that make films brilliant - secrets that can make your screenplay a success. He provides easily understood guidelines for writing a screenplay, from concept to finished product. Th ...more
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Published August 7th 2003 by Ebury Press (first published August 1st 2003)
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Alistair
Jan 05, 2014 Alistair rated it liked it
I first heard of this book at a BFI London Q&A with Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. An audience member asked, "if I should read one book on screenwriting, what book should I read?". Syd Field's Screenwriting was the answer from Wright and Pegg. Along with Robert McKee's "Story", Screenwriting by Syd Field is one of the books often cited as a screenwriting bible.

Screenwriting was an enjoyable read. I liked Field's three act paradigm and his explanation of how character, plot and structure are u
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Matthew Huggins
Oct 22, 2014 Matthew Huggins rated it it was amazing
It is repetitive because it's a teaching book! Not sure why that isn't understood by the other reviewers. However; was left wondering why most of this was the entire module contents, including examples, on my course! I could have just read that book and saved thousands. However, anybody serious about screenwriting and actually getting your script read and bought should read this and read it again and read it again (sorry, a little repetitive, but you get my point).
David
May 28, 2016 David rated it really liked it
Excellent exploration of the screenwriting craft and very good examination of story structure in general.

Excellent read for neophyte writers.

4 out of 5 Stars.
Tanya
May 29, 2012 Tanya rated it really liked it
It's Syd Fields. If you're serious about screenwriting this is the book to read. But there are a lot of really good screenwriting books out there. One should read Syd Fields carefully as one can get too tangled up trying to obey his structure without really understanding why. The best ever Syd Field book in my opinion though is problem solver, but this book is Field at his most quintessential.
Pippa
Aug 09, 2012 Pippa rated it really liked it
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This book was terribly repetititive. It could have been cut down to about a quarter of the length. Having said that, what it did say was helpful and was based on a great deal of experience as a script reader and writer. All points were illustrated with sections of successful scripts and I found it very useful.
Eoghan Odinsson
Feb 14, 2013 Eoghan Odinsson rated it it was amazing
This is literally - THE Book on Screen writing. Syd Fields is a legend, and he doesn't disappoint with this much updated book. This is an excellent guide to the process, mechanics and art of telling a compelling story on-screen.
Barron
Jun 16, 2015 Barron rated it really liked it
The quintessential field manual for screenwriting. For better or worse, you'll never look at the first 20 minutes of a movie the same way after reading.

Useful not just for screenwriters.
Özgün
Apr 03, 2012 Özgün rated it really liked it
The writer repeats himself a lot, but you can turn the blind eye to this problem considering how helpful the book really is.
Mel
Jun 06, 2008 Mel rated it liked it
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Helpful, but a little bit repetitive at times.
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Sydney Alvin Field was an American screenwriting guru who wrote several books on the subject of screenwriting. He also conducted workshops and seminars on the subject of producing salable screenplays. Hollywood film producers have increasingly used his ideas on structure as a guideline to a proposed screenplay's potential.
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