The Foundations of Screenwriting
By Syd Field
Delta, Paperback, 9780385339032, 320pp.
Publication Date: November 29, 2005
-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.
“Screenplay is one of the bibles of the film trade and has launched many a would-be screenwriter on the road to Hollywood.” —Library Journal
“Syd Field is the preeminent analyzer in the study of American screenplays.” —James L. Brooks, AcademyAward–winning writer, director, producer