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.