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.”
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Contributed Posts and Articles
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.
CEO, Founder, L.A. Performing Arts Conservatory, laconservatory.com
Being an actress first, when I began to study screenwriting with Syd Field, one of the major principles that he taught me: Dramatic Need – really struck a chord with me. Below is a discussion of how now, years later, I teach dramatic need to actors, writers, and directors.
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 Phelan, Screenwriter - Gorillas in the Mist