I am honored and moved by the love and appreciation of Syd’s friends, students, colleagues, readers and movie enthusiasts who have shown such an outpouring of support since his passing.
Syd possessed an enormous passion for storytelling, movies and teaching. It has been profoundly moving to read the sympathy cards, emails, Facebook posts, Tweets, comments, letters and articles from people around the world whom Syd touched. While the inspiration to write may come from the heart, Syd wanted the world to know screenwriting was a craft that could be learned. As 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 and his masterful understanding of screenwriting techniques and storytelling, has benefited generations of writers, directors, filmmakers and ultimately the audience. Syd loved mentoring writers in his method, and recently recorded and filmed new webinars and classes; his hope was to move and inspire writers for generations to come. To that end, he had been at work writing a brand new book on advanced screenwriting techniques.
In 2014, we hope to bring all of these projects to fruition in his honor. It is my sincere desire that Syd’s legacy live on and that his method continues to inspire and help new and seasoned writers. I encourage you to continue to check this website, Syd’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for new information regarding the availability of the webinars, recorded classes and the release of his new book.
Meanwhile if you would like to learn how Syd Field evolved to the masterful teacher that he was, I invite you to read his memoir, Going to The Movies.
I wish you a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year. And, as Syd always said “Good writing.”