Testimonials and Voices
For a writer, the most important thing is to put things on paper. [Syd] helped you put things on paper.
Alfonso Cuarón, Writer/Director - Roma, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Gravity
"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…"
Judd Apatow, Writer/Director/Producer - Bridesmaids, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People
"I loved the idea of being in another world, and anything that could transport me to another world is what I became interested in. Gradually, I saw that the medium of film could accommodate both my interests in science and art. And, with the help of a book called Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, I figured out how to write a screenplay. So, I sat down with a friend and we wrote a little ten-minute script. We raised the money to make it and shot it in 35mm; it had all these effects and models and matte shots, all this wild kind of stuff."
James Cameron, Writer/Producer/Director - Avatar, The Shape of Water, Titanic, Terminator 2
[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
"This course is a virtual must for screenwriters."
Lynda Obst, Producer - Sleepless in Seattle, The Fisher King
"Syd Field is the preeminent analyzer in the study of American Screenplays..."
James Brooks, Writer/Producer/Director - Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News
"I've gone from reading his books, to being taught by him in courses! I think one of us must have done something right! I thank him all the time for inspiring me."
Frank Darabont, Writer/Director - Shawshank Redemption
"Syd Field's Course is marvelous...packed with insight, intelligence and inspiration...I learned so much about the craft of screenwriting, and working with writers, [I now have] more confidence and understanding about the process of screenwriting than ever before."
Richard Roth, Producer - Julia, Red Dragon
"...the master of screenplay structure."
Roland Joffe, Director/Producer - The Killing Fields
"I based Like Water for Chocolate on what I learned in Syd's workshop. Before, I always felt structure imprisoned me, but what I learned was structure really freed me to focus on the story."
Laura Esquivel, Author - Like Water for Chocolate
"This is a terrific course for screenwriters who are trying to gain insight into the Hollywood system."
David Kirkpatrick , Producer
"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
"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
"If I were writing screenplays...I would be carrying Syd Field around in my back pocket."
Steven Bochco, Writer/Producer/Director - Hill Street Blues, LA Law, NYPD Blue
"The man who launched a thousand specs."
David Michael Wharton, Creative Screenwriting
"I read a book that literally changed my life - Syd Field's Screenplay."
Ed Burns, Writer/Director - The Brothers McMullen
"The Guru of all screenwriters."