Recently, I swapped screenplays with a friend of mine. We planned to exchange notes on our early drafts and lend our respective critical eyes to each other’s work. Her script was good: a unique premise, filled with solid laughs and so much heart the Tin Man from Oz would be jealous. But her story wasn’t working. And now I was entrusted with the task of helping her figure out why.
Syd Field - “the guru of all screenwriters” (CNN)
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SYD FIELD Q&A NOTES
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5-part ScreenPlay Interview Series of archival interviews from 2010. Hosted by Syd Field with acclaimed Hollywood screenwriters.
SYD FIELD’S PASSION AND MISSION
Syd was deeply enthusiastic about storytelling, movies and teaching. While a writer’s inspiration may come from the heart, Syd wanted the world to know that the craft of screenwriting could be learned. 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, his masterful understanding of storytelling, and his skillful expression of his ground-breaking paradigm for screenplay structure, has benefited writers, directors, studio executives, independent filmmakers, and ultimately the global audience. Mentoring writers delighted and excited Syd, who recorded and filmed a number of webinars and classes, many of which are yet to be released.
Aviva Field, Syd’s wife, as well as his long-time protégés and contributors to this website, are devoted to honoring his mission. This site is imbued with Syd’s heart and spirit, embodied here as an internet resource for screenwriters and storytellers. We are committed to bringing projects to fruition that were started by Syd. A documentary about the impact of his teachings around the world will be produced by Aviva.
It is our fervent desire to sustain Syd’s legacy; to ensure that his method stays true in its intention, continuing to motivate and empower the creation of compelling screenplays by new and seasoned writers for generations to come.
Contributed Posts and Articles
Screenwriters are often people with problems. Midway through the second act, we will write ourselves into a corner. Now the ending doesn’t work. Every character starts to sound exactly the same. Is this opening scene the right place to start my story? As Syd Field points out in The Screenwriter’s Problem Solver, “we often find ourselves lost in the maze of our own creation.”
For many writers, the start of a new year is the time to set deadlines for the next twelve months. You may have hit all the deadlines you charted the previous January, or maybe not. The dawn of a new year has such potential. There’s nothing to be done about the year gone by. Let it go. You either made your deadlines, or you didn’t.