SYD FIELD: “What’s the Story?
For eons, storytellers have woven tales of myth and history.
From sitting around campfires came African griots, classic Greek theater, roving troubadours, bards, and more… until the dawn of the 20th century, when a new kind of narrative sharing emerged — Visual Storytelling — the Movies!
Early narrative filmmakers built their story-action so it peaked every 10 minutes or so, the length of time it took a single reel of celluloid to run through a projector.
At first, there were only one- and two-reelers, because producers and theater owners didn’t believe an audience would sit through a longer movie, especially before the invention of “talkies” (synched-sound).
Syd Field also toured internationally, giving lectures and seminars far beyond Hollywood. Shepherding the global filmmaking community, he enabled diverse voices to craft authentic films, reflecting their unique cultural heritages.
Alongside studio films and independent features, Field’s story-structure technique continues to work for television, and all streaming media.
Our documentary feature What’s the Story? will explore how Syd Field – an actor, producer, writer and teacher – became “the guru of all screenwriters” (CNN). How he influenced award-winning filmmakers, such as Alfonso Cuaron, Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, John Singleton and James Cameron.
We’ll unfold Field’s life and career using archival footage and onscreen interviews with writers, filmmakers and students from around the world; all of whom will affirm Field’s singular contribution to the art of visual storytelling.
What’s the Story? will celebrate Syd Field’s ongoing legacy:
“A well told story has the power to change us. To show us who we are. And often, who we truly hope to be.”
If you share Syd Field’s – and our – vision for human growth through storytelling in all formats, please support our efforts.