Screenplay The Foundations of Screenwriting

ISBN-10: 0385339038
ISBN-13: 9780385339032
Edition: 2005 (Revised)
Authors: Syd Field
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Description: Hailed as the first new approach to screenwriting in a generation, this book offers a guide to the entire screenwriting process, from opening scene to finished script.

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Hailed as the first new approach to screenwriting in a generation, this book offers a guide to the entire screenwriting process, from opening scene to finished script.

Sydney Alvin Field was born in Hollywood, California on December 19, 1935. He acted while majoring in literature at the University of California, Berkeley. Then, at the suggestion of one of his instructors, the filmmaker Jean Renoir, he entered film school at the University of California, Los Angeles. His uncle, Sol Halprin, the Academy Award-winning head of the camera department at 20th Century Fox, helped him find a job at the television company Wolper Productions. He started in the shipping department but eventually helped produce the company's documentary series Biography, hosted by Mike Wallace. He left to pursue his dream of writing screenplays. He wrote scripts for several television shows including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Batman, but never had a major hit. While writing reviews of screenplays and reading thousands of poorly conceived works submitted to another production company he worked for, he decided aspiring writers needed help and wrote his first book, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting. His wrote several other books including Going to the Movies: A Personal Journey through Four Decades of Modern Film. He also taught at several universities, served as a consultant to Hollywood studios, and advised scientists on how to write screenplays to stir interest in science as a career. He was elected to the Screenwriting Hall of Fame of the American Screenwriting Association. He died from hemolytic anemia on November 17, 2013 at the age of 77.

What is a screenplay?
The subject
The creation of character
Building a character
Story and character
Endings and beginnings
Setting up the story
Two incidents
Plot points
The scene
The sequence
Building the story line
Screenplay form
Writing the screenplay
Adaptation

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