Seems like everyone I have met for the past thirty years or so is or was writing a screenplay or they had a great idea for a movie or screenplay. Most people who boast of writing a movie never, ever take the time to write an actual screenplay. I was no different in this respect. I had tons of ideas for movies (still do) and I did want to turn them into screenplays (and then movies). But then I took action. It was my passion that drove me.
Today’s selection is Screenplay - The Foundations of Screenwriting – A Step-by-Step Guide form Concept to Finished Script by Syd Field (or I should say the late Syd Field as he passed a few years ago).
This was the first book I ever purchased on screenwriting. I remember being so excited to just buy it! II felt important! I read it on the plane out to L.A. in 1980. I finished the last few pages just as we were landing (timing is everything). Two action steps met that year: first screenplay book and first trip to Hollywood. By the way. I bought this same book for my son who just graduated from Full Sail University with a degree in Filmmaking. Aaron, I hope you read it!
•Why the first ten pages of your script are crucially important
•How to visually “grab” the reader from page one, word one
•Why structure and character are the essential foundation of your screenplay
•How to adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplay
•Tips on protecting your work—three legal ways to claim ownership of your screenplay
•The essentials of writing great dialogue, creating character, building a story line, overcoming writer’s block, getting an agent, and much more.
With this newly updated edition of his bestselling classic, Syd Field proves yet again why he is revered as the master of the screenplay—and why his celebrated guide has become the industry’s gold standard for successful screenwriting.
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