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Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

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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?From the Trade Paperback edition.
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?From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Publish date: Dec 18, 2007
Added to Scribd: Sep 06, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780307423269
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cjohn64 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
The book was a good source of material. It had a lot of good information for those starting out with screenwriting. Though the book was a little hard to read at times mostly because of the blocks of text to read. It took me two weeks to read. The book had a lot of examples from current and past films. I don't think a student would read this on their own, but there is a lot of good tid bits of information that I pulled from it to teach students on the basics of storytelling inside the film universe.
michelleknudsen reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Very helpful book about the three-act structure model. Field’s focus is on screenplays, but his paradigm applies just as well to novels. He includes lots of detailed examples thoughout, using well-known movies, to illustrate the points he is making. I borrowed this from the library but may end up buying myself a copy for future reference—especially since I am looking forward to thinking about how three-act structure might apply my own novel-in-progress and maybe help me get a better handle on the shape of the overall story.
caerulius reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The all-hailed last word in screenwriting books. Syd Field wrote this book as a model for building screenplays that follow a very specific narrative structure. You could call it a formula, but it is more based on how you pace and build the story structure than a set of cookie-cutter blueprints. Field uses the (awesome) movie Chinatown as the "ideal" example, and then uses a mockup story that is quite different as an in-process example. It also gives movie examples for variations.Obviously, there have been excellent screenplays that don't follow this model. But this is definitely a good place to start.
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