Syd Field - “the guru of all screenwriters” (CNN)

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Syd Field Screenplay

His internationally acclaimed best-selling books Screenplay, The Screenwriter’s Workbook, and The Screenwriter’s Problem Solver have established themselves as the “bibles” of the film industry.

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masterscreenwritingclass_sydfieldliveView videos and interviews for a small glimpse into Syd’s teaching life. For more interviews Syd conducted with screenwriters, visit the blog.

SCRIPTOR APP

icon_512x512Syd Field Scriptor is a screenwriting app that helps writers bring their stories to life using the techniques championed by Syd Field.

MISSION

Syd FieldSyd possessed an enormous passion for storytelling, movies and teaching.  While the inspiration to write may come from the heart, Syd wanted the world to know screenwriting was a craft that could be learned. As writer/director Judd Apatow said, “Syd Field wrote screenwriting books which did exactly what they were supposed to do – they made screenwriting seem possible.”

Syd’s love of film and his masterful understanding of screenwriting techniques and storytelling, has benefited generations of writers, directors, filmmakers and ultimately the audience. Syd loved mentoring writers in his method, and recently recorded and filmed new webinars and classes; his hope was to move and inspire writers for generations to come.

We hope to bring all of his projects to fruition in his honor. It is our sincere desire that Syd’s legacy live on and that his method continues to inspire and help new and seasoned writers.

"I've gone from reading his books, to being taught by him in courses! I think one of us must have done something right! I thank him all the time for inspiring me."

Frank Darabont, Writer/Director ``Shawshank Redemption``

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Four Screenplays by Syd Field
Going to The Movie by Syd Field
Selling a Screenplay by Syd Field
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The Definitive Guide To Screenwriting

From the Blog

Screenwriting Webinars by Syd Field

In his last interview on November 8, 2013, Syd spoke about his passion – “The whole purpose of my teaching is to inspire people to access their own creativity. That has driven me forward all the way from the beginning. Let people know and give people the tools to access their own inspiration and then they’ll do the rest.”

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Q&A With Syd Field

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Partial re-post of the interview from The Writers Store, click to read the full interview

How much thought do you think writers should invest in terms of tracking the broad strokes of the protagonist’s emotional journey when structuring the story?

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Evolution/Revolution

In all my screenwriting courses and workshops around the world, I’ve read thousands and thousands of screenplays. Exactly how many, I really don’t know. I lost count many years ago. But no matter what country or city I happen to be in, I am usually asked the same question over and over again: what do I find to be the biggest and most common problem of screenwriters?

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THE ART OF PITCHING


Make no mistake; pitching is an art. Every screenplay begins with an idea and if you want to write a screenplay based on your idea, then the chances are you’re going to have to pitch it to someone; it could be a producer, a director, a production executive, an agent or anyone in the business.

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Contributors

Valerie Woods

Valerie Woods

WRITER, PRODUCER, AUTHOR

Ms. Woods began writing when, as a struggling actress in New York, she couldn’t find suitable audition material for women of color. This led her to write a book of audition monologues, Something for Everyone (50 Original Monologues). The book was initially self-published and is now published by renowned theatrical play publisher, Samuel French, Inc.

Sharon Buckingham

Sharon Buckingham

WRITER, PRODUCER

Sharon Buckingham is a well-known screenwriter and producer with both television and feature credits. She teaches the Syd Field screenwriting method® and acts as a script editor and consultant.

Natalia Lazarus

Natalia Lazarus

SCREENWRITER, ACTOR, DIRECTOR & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE LOS ANGELES PERFORMING ARTS CONSERVATORY

Artistic Director, Natalia Lazarus is at the helm of The Promenade Playhouse and it’s subsidiaries: Promenade Conservatory, now LA Performing Arts Conservatory, a degree granting University. 3rd Street Comedy, The Promenade Players Theatre Company, and the Creative Keys to Success Series, the Acting, Writing, Directing and Personal Growth technique that she created and developed.

Jim Hillin

Jim Hillin

SCREENWRITER & VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR

Jim came to Los Angeles in 1979 as an artist, animator and musician. He began his career in computer graphics at a small start-up company in 1985 in Pasadena, CA, while simultaneously attending The Art Center College of Design. He worked hard, learning the engineering side of the craft over the next several years while garnering his first television, location-based entertainment and feature film credits in the 1980s. In 1987, after helping a friend writing the ending of her film, he started writing his first screenplay.

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