When I decided to become a screenwriter I did two things – took a weekend workshop with Syd Field, and followed that with a ten-week, one night a week workshop Syd offered at his home. The weekend workshop taught me the basics; the ten-week workshop allowed me to put those basics to use.
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There it is. The blank page. Or screen. It’s perfect, pristine, shimmering with possibilities. You want the words you impart on this perfect canvas to be worthy. To flow with lyrical, righteous, and passionate… stuff. No, scratch that, not ‘stuff’ – it must be classic Oscar, Emmy, Tony award winning scriptness. Wait. What? ‘Scriptness?’ And now it’s ruined. The blank page, which was once so full of hope, is now ruined. Crumple paper, or delete, delete, delete. Time for coffee.
One of the most valuable “oh, I get it!” moments studying with screenwriting mentor, Syd Field, was the first time Syd spoke about his groundbreaking Paradigm. More specifically – Syd stated that the first thing needed to begin was to know the end. As a young writer, this was a bit of a surprise.
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