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A summary of the book. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting. A step-by -step guide from concept to finished script. By Syd Field. Summary by Kim. "Syd Field's book[s] have been the Bible and Talmud for a generation of budding screenwriters." —sppn.info SCREENPLAY: The Foundations of Screenwriting. Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Screenplay is one of the bibles of the film trade and Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting - Kindle edition by Syd Field. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or .
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Hollywood's script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in “the 'bible' of Screenplay by Syd Field . The Essential Screenplay (3-Book Bundle). Read Syd Field's The Screenwriter's Workbook to learn the tools and rules to this book, some twenty-five years ago and now, I see that screenwriting, both as. The most popular was Lagos Egri's The Art of Dramatic Writing, first published in the 's. Though it was not really a book about screenwriting, but playwriting.
But no matter what changes are made in the execution of the material, the nature of the screenplay is the same as it has always been; a screenplay is a story told with pictures, in dialogue and description, and placed within the context of dramatic structure.
It is the art of visual story telling …. It is the stuff of drama. I learned this as a kid sitting in a darkened theater, popcorn in hand, gazing in awe and wonder at the images projected on white river of light reflected on that monster screen.
My friends and I used to sneak into the neighborhood theater and watch the serials of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. During my teens, going to the movies became a passion, a form of entertainment, a distraction, a topic of discussion, as well as a place to make out and have fun.
I attended Hollywood High School and was invited to join the Athenians , one of the many clubs who hung out together during high school. A short time after graduation, one of my best friends, Frank Mazzola, also a member of the Athenians , met James Dean and formed a strong relationship with him.
Occasionally Dean would come with us when we strolled down Hollywood Blvd. We managed to get into a lot of trouble at the time.
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When we pulled some wild stunt, whatever it was, he wanted to know how it started, what we were thinking, how it felt. It was only after Rebel Without a Cause was released and stormed the world, that I became aware of how significant our contribution to the movie had been.
The irony of Dean hanging out with us during that period had no real effect on me until after he died; only then, when he became an icon of our generation, did I begin to grasp the significance of what we had contributed. A few years after leaving Hollywood High and roaming around the country, I enrolled at the University of California , Berkeley , packed the few belongings I had and drove to Berkeley. It was August, Berkeley at the dawn of the 60s was an active crucible of revolt and unrest; signs, banners, slogans and leaflets were everywhere.
Protest rallies were held almost every day and when I stopped to listen, the FBI agents, trying to be inconspicuous in their shirts and ties, took pictures of everyone. It was a joke.
It was during my second semester at Berkeley that I auditioned for, and was cast as Woyzeck in the German Expressionist drama Woyzeck, by Georg Buckner. My relationship with Renoir literally changed my life. It was that way with my three mentors: Renoir, Michelangelo Antonioni and Sam Peckinpah. Being in his presence was an inspiration, a major life lesson, a joy, a privilege, as well as a great learning experience.
Though movies had always been a major part of my life, it was only during the time I spent with Renoir that I turned my focus to film, the same way a plant turns towards the sun. Suddenly, I saw movies in a whole new light, as an art form to study and learn, seeking in the story and images an expression and understanding of life. My love for the movies has fed and nourished me ever since.
The son of the great Impressionistic painter, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Jean, too, had the great gift of sight. Renoir taught me about film, mentored me in the art of visually telling a story, and imparted the gift of insight.
He showed me the door, then held it open as I walked through. No two leaves are exactly the same. The artist who paints only what is in his mind must very soon repeat himself. For the past few decades, as I traveled and lectured around the world on the art and craft of screenwriting, I have watched the style of screenwriting evolve into a more visual medium.
opposition confront each other at a peak of physical or emotional action.
Great films are timeless — they embody and capture the times in which they were made; the human condition is the same now as it was then. As a writer-producer for David L. Wolper Productions, a free-lance screenwriter, and head of the story department at Cinemobile Systems, I had spent years writing and reading screenplays.
At Cinemobile alone, I read and synopsized more than 2, screenplays in a little more than two years. And of all those 2, screenplays, I only found 40 to submit to our financial partners for possible film production. Reading a screenplay is a unique experience. When I first started reading, I read the words on the page slowly, drinking in all the visual descriptions, character nuances and dramatic situations. While they may read like liquid honey flowing across the page, the overall feeling was like reading a short story, or strong journalistic piece in a national magazine like Vanity Fair or Esquire.
I started out wanting to read and synopsize do coverage on three screenplays a day.
I found I could read two scripts without a problem, but when I got to the third one, the words, characters and actions all seemed to congeal into some kind of amorphous goo of plot lines concerning the FBI and CIA, punctuated with bank heists, murders, car chases, along with a lot of wet kisses and naked flesh thrown in for local color.
At two or three in the afternoon, after a heavy lunch and maybe a little too much wine, it was difficult keeping my attention focused on the action and nuances of character and story.
So, after a few months on the job, I usually closed my office door, propped my feet up on the desk, turned off the phones, leaned back in the chair with a script on my chest, and took a cat nap.
What was I looking for? What made a screenplay good or bad?
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I could tell whether I liked it or not, yes, but what were the elements that made it a good screenplay? It had to be more than a string of clever bits and smart dialogue laced together in a series of beautiful pictures. Was it the plot, the characters, or the visual arena where the action takes place that made it a good screenplay?
We are now living in a time of visual story telling. Whether you want to tell a story on the big screen or write a television show which can be downloaded onto an iPod, or cell phone or PDA or whether you want to create a video game or short film, a business plan or a power point presentation for any future delivery system, you have to know the tools and rules of visual story telling.
Read a chapter, do the exercise at the end of the chapter and by the end of the book you will have written a screenplay.
The screenwriting process can be applied to any form of visual story telling. People come into my workshops with a short, three-sentence idea of their story. In the first class we talk about the subject of the screenplay, the action and character; basically what happens and who it happens to, and discuss the nature of dramatic structure.
Their first assignment when they leave the class is to structure their idea, then write a four page treatment focusing on the ending, the beginning, Plot Point I and Plot Point II. Each week we continue the same process. At the end of the three seven-week sessions, almost 80 percent of my students complete their screenplays. The exercises that follow each chapter are the tools which offer you the opportunity of expanding and sharpening your understanding of the screenwriting process.
I hope you view your journey through the screenwriting experience in this light. Are you willing to do that?
This book is a learning experience.He showed me the door, then held it open as I walked through. For more about Screenplay: These elements are expressed dramatically within a structure that has a definite beginning, middle, and end, though not necessarily in that order. We managed to get into a lot of trouble at the time.
Everyone, it seemed, was surprised by its meteoric success. The hardest thing about writing is knowing what to write.