Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

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Syd Field's books on the essential structure of emotionally satisfying screenplays have ignited lucrative careers in film & television since 1979. In this revised edition of his premiere guide, the underpinnings of successful onscreen narratives are revealed in clear and encouraging language that will remain wise and practical as long as audiences watch stories unfold visually - from hand-held devices to IMAX to virtual reality... and whatever comes next. 
 
As the first person to articulate common structural elements unique to successful movies, celebrated Producer, Lecturer, Teacher and Bestselling Author Syd Field has gifted us a classic text that well deserves to be known as the Bible of Screenwriting. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are fundamental guidelines to help all screenwriters - novices and Oscar-winners - hone their craft and sell their work. 
 
In Screenplay, Syd Field can help you discover:
* Why the first ten pages of every script are crucial to keeping professional readers' interest,
* How to visually "grab" these influential readers from page one, word one, 
* Why structure and character are the basic components of all narrative screenplays,
* How to adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a saleable script,
* Tips on protecting your work - three ways to establish legal ownership of screenplays,
* Vital insights on writing authentic dialogue, crafting memorable characters, building strong yet
            flexible storylines (form, not formula), overcoming writer's block, and much more.
 
Syd Field is revered as the original master of screenplay story structure, and this guide continues to be the industry's gold standard for learning the foundations of screenwriting.

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From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script.
Here are easily understood guidelines to make film-writing accessible to novices and to help practiced writers improve their scripts. Syd Field pinpoints the structural and stylistic elements essential to every good screenplay. He presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the script that will succeed.
- Why are the first ten pages of your script crucially important?
- How do you collaborate successfully with someone else?
- How do you adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplay?
- How do you market your script?

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Acclaimed as "the guru of all screenwriters" (CNN), Syd Field (1935-2013) is still regarded by many Hollywood professionals to be the leading authority in the art and craft of screenwriting. The Hollywood Reporter called him "the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world."Field's internationally acclaimed best-selling books "Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting," "The Screenwriter's Workbook," and "The Screenwriter's Problem Solver" have established themselves as the "bibles" of the film industry. "Screenplay" and "The Screenwriter's Workbook" are in their fortieth printing and are used in colleges and universities across the country. They have been translated and published in more than 25 languages.

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