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Four Screenplays by Syd Field
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Jan 30, 2011

bookshelves: film, screenwriting, writing
Recommended for: film buffs, aspiring writers

This is a valuable book for anyone interested in screenwriting, or more broadly, in movies — or even in other genres of creative writing. Syd Field lays out a paradigm of screenplay structure and then analyzes the screenplays of four excellent and successful movies in the context of that paradigm. Through in-depth interviews with the screenwriters, he explores the creative choices involved in writing the scripts and in bringing the words to the screen. It's not so much a how-to manual as an inspirational guide to approaching the screenwriting process. Highly recommended.
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January 30, 2011 – Shelved
January 30, 2011 – Shelved as: film
January 30, 2011 – Shelved as: screenwriting
March 16, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
March 16, 2016 – Shelved as: writing
March 17, 2016 – Started Reading
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June 27, 2016 – Finished Reading

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