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The Definitive Guide To Screenwriting

The Definitive Guide To Screenwriting [Kindle Edition]

Syd Field
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Published for the first time in the UK, Syd Field, acclaimed writer and director, tells you step-by-step how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems, providing the professional secrets that make films brilliant - secrets that can make your screenplay a success. He provides easily understood guidelines for writing a screenplay, from concept to finished product. The art of film-writing is made accessible to novices and helps practiced writers improve their scripts, as the author pinpoints stylistic and structural elements such as characterisation and plot. Tips and techniques on what to do after your screenplay has been completed and much more are all here. There are also practical examples from films which Syd Field has collaborated on such as Lord of the Rings, American Beauty and The Pianist. Written for all levels of screenwriters, this is an indispensable reference book for anyone who wants to make money as a great screenwriter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0091890276
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (4 Sep 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0034FJGGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
After trawling through numerous screenwriting books in the shop (sorry amazon, it was waterstone's), I finally decieded to plump for the one with the quotation "the guru of all screenwriters" on the cover. In hindsite I should have noted that this attests to the ability of the author as a screenwriter, not the quality of the book. And with good reason. In case my review title didn't make the point, i felt i was covering the same ground in chapter 12 as i did in chapters 1,2,3... Action, character, conflict and not much more.

If made compact (and it could easily have been cut in half) it could have made a decent effort to motivate novice screenwriters (like myself) beyond writing blocks and the like, as well as introduce one or two technical principles. However, it is far too long considering the depth of the material.

Moreover, given the quality of the overall language and structure of the book, it's a wonder how he ever managed to put pen to paper in a profitable way at all, be it to sell a script or to sell a book on the back of having sold a script. I wish i had purchased any one of the other books on the shelf; One to avoid.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best screenwriting book I have read yet! 10 Sep 2003
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Syd Field is a respected individual in Hollywood - His knowledge is indespensible for people who want to break into this type of work - If you're a writer who wants to write great stuff but also want to correct any past errors or bad writing habbits then this is a great book - Its completely in depth and covers the screenwriting process from start to finish - Syd writes in an easy informative way while also being very entertaining and giving classic Hollywood movie examples - The book is nearly 400 pages long and a worthy purchase for any screenwriter (Amateur or professional.). Its like a complete screenwriting course in book format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 16 Feb 2014
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You might not ever watch a film the same way again after reading this masterly text.
Field talks us through structure, dialogue, characterisation and much more by using well-known films as examples.
A very excellent book. Party on!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 26 Jan 2013
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I was told to get this book by my Uni tutors, and I expected a lot from "The Guru of Screenwriting" but, to be honest, I found that the man just rambled chapter after chapter, sharing his own opinion and nothing else.

I disagree with most of what he says, and find he only really follows very typical, simple, formulaic screenplays. He sets up rules, these rules that he backs up very poorly and rules that are very clearly based on his own personal preferences, and does not seem to care that many of the best films, commercially and critically, do not follow his rules.

The whole book stinks of a man who has never wrote a successfull screneplay himself.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive 14 July 2014
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Syd Field drills the information into you repeatedly as though you were in one of his classes. There's plenty of great advice in this book, but you'll have to sift through the repetition to find it.

The book is quite repetitive. There are more than a few typos as well, but mainly repetitive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and practical 11 Feb 2014
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I found this book really useful in focusing my ideas and ensuring that I get the basics right. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend 17 Sep 2013
By Peach
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Well written, each critical point well thought through, and very useful information provided. I read it with ease and gratification.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for those wanting to write for the screen or publication.
A Christmas present for my son who is writing a play for television. He has had a course with an expert
in Hong Kong, where he lives, and rated this book highly.
Published 18 months ago by ijab
1.0 out of 5 stars Modest as ever.
Published on 8 Dec 2010 by script critic
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
This book is far from perfect, but it answers the questions that most beginning screenwriters will have: where do I start, which steps do I have to take and how can I fit it all... Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2009 by Roberto Henrique
1.0 out of 5 stars Proof in the pudding!
Syd Field's book contains some usefull pointers, however you could outline the jist of this in ten pages. Read more
Published on 25 July 2007 by Mark Hoskins
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it, then read it again!
Syd Field was recommended to me by my screenwriting lecturer as probably the most comprehensive and best guide to screenwriting around. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2007 by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive guide to screenwriting
I picked this book up with a skpetical mind, afterall screenwriting is a creative process how can it be sum-ed up in a book? Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2006 by Frank
2.0 out of 5 stars The definitive guide to writing cliches
After hearing about Syd Field, I read "The Definitive Guide", and feel compelled to warn people away. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2005
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