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The Screenwriter's Workbook (A Dell Trade…

The Screenwriter's Workbook (A Dell Trade Paperback)

by Syd Field

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Having read a number of books on writing and screen writing that have mentioned Syd Field and his approach to story structure, it is interesting to read his thoughts first hand. Much of the content of the book was familiar to me; but Syd Field has his own way of presenting it. The book is packed with practical ideas and guidance. He is very much a believer in the three-act structure. He advocates a four page outline featuring the main plot points in detail and the rest in broad terms to get things going. But he encourages writers to follow their instincts when they are writing. His view is if your not sure whether to write the scene, write it anyway and see if it works. Good advice. ( )
  JMJ_Williamson | Apr 24, 2015 |
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Principles of Syd Field's "The Screenwirter's Workbook", citing, as an example, the motion picture "Elizabeth" with Cate Blanchett ( )
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Screenplays, according to Field, are not so much written as they are built, and in this book he provides a clear explanation of what raw materials are needed to assemble the modern Hollywood movie script.In this cogently constructed workbook--one of the standards in the industry--Field elucidates the strict three-act structure of screenplays, talks about the nature of character, describes what plot points are and where they must fall, and provides exercises to help the screenwriter take an idea from the first germ of a concept, to outline, to rewritten script.

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