To my astonishment, the first three months of 2017 found me in cosmopolitan Singapore. Employed as the Project Director of a professional training program entitled WritersLab, I was there to help evolve the quality of television writing for the local market, and hopefully, make it more competitive across Southeast Asia. It was a ten-week, TV pressure cooker that leveraged pretty much every skill I’ve acquired over thirty-five years in the entertainment industry.
Contributed Posts and Articles
Why Screenplay Is On My Bookshelf
By Jim Hillin
1987. I was beginning to realize my chosen profession of being a visual effects artist was a little dubious. Several companies around the world had shut down in bankruptcy that Fall and I thought, “Maybe I should have a backup profession.” I went to my local bookstore and inquired about books that discussed writing for film.
Reflection – Syd Field’s Screenplay – The Foundations of Screenwriting
By Amanda Stockwell
Syd Field’s Screenplay – The Foundations of Screenwriting is a fount of information regarding what a screenplay is and how to go about writing one. This book is perfect for a beginner because not only does it dissect how to go about writing a screenplay, it shows you detailed examples as well. Oftentimes, for someone slightly past novice level, too much time is spent on explanation. However, there is still information to be gained from, and memorable quotes to be pinned to the corkboard. The thing I had to remember most while reading was that this book was a guide more than a history lesson, the latter of which previous reading assignments have drifted toward.
Guest Contributors to the SydField.com Blog and Articles
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.
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.
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.
"What I learned in Syd Field's class was here's how Annie Hall works, and here's how Witness works and then I begin to think, 'OK now how would I do it differently than that?' That concept of 'Always being in learning mode' has stuck with me to this day. Even now, I think, "Well I'm not fantastic visually, so how could I do it better? I hire somebody to do it for me...."
Judd Apatow, Writer/Director - The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People/ Creative Screenwriting, July/August 2009
"I sat down with Syd Field's book about how to write a screenplay, wrote a few and when John Grisham saw one, we started working together."
T.R. Pearson, Novelist/Screenwriter, Co-Writer with John Grisham on The Runaway Jury
[When I wrote Mean Girls] "I did a million drafts. And I did the thing everybody does. I read Syd Field and I used my index cards."
Tina Fey, Writer - Mean Girls, Saturday Night Live
"Syd Field is God!"
Kevin Williamson, Writer - Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer
"The Guru of all screenwriters."
"I read a book that literally changed my life - Syd Field's Screenplay."
Ed Burns, Writer/Director - The Brothers McMullen
"Syd Field takes the screenwriter on an exciting journey...and he gives you a 'no-get lost' map to hold onto during the trip."
Anna Hamilton Phelam, Screenwriter - Gorillas in the Mist