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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR SCRIPTWRITERS, ANY WRITERS, GET THIS BOOK!!
Mr. Field separates the vague monsters we all face when a project runs off-track: characters, plot, and more. My copy still delivers, despite rolled back pages, coffee stains, and margin scribbles. Mr. Field is a name but more a skillful teacher emphasizing the editing eye we need to survive! THANK YOU, Mr. FIELD!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Syd Fields: screenwriting hero
William Goldman it was, I think, who wrote regarding screenplays, 'nobody knows anything about anything.' The trouble with Syd Fields books is that he thinks he does know it all. When one witnesses the high percentage of formula-written movies that come out of Hollywood, all cut by an editor with the shakes, and all cliche-ridden and predictable, I suppose one has to lay...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR SCRIPTWRITERS, ANY WRITERS, GET THIS BOOK!!, 1 Sep 1998
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This review is from: The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem (Dell Trade Paperback) (Paperback)
Mr. Field separates the vague monsters we all face when a project runs off-track: characters, plot, and more. My copy still delivers, despite rolled back pages, coffee stains, and margin scribbles. Mr. Field is a name but more a skillful teacher emphasizing the editing eye we need to survive! THANK YOU, Mr. FIELD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Syd Fields: screenwriting hero, 29 April 2012
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This review is from: The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem (Dell Trade Paperback) (Paperback)
William Goldman it was, I think, who wrote regarding screenplays, 'nobody knows anything about anything.' The trouble with Syd Fields books is that he thinks he does know it all. When one witnesses the high percentage of formula-written movies that come out of Hollywood, all cut by an editor with the shakes, and all cliche-ridden and predictable, I suppose one has to lay much of the blame at the door of Mr. Fields and other so-called experts like him. When one considers that films like Casablanca and Citizen Kane were written on the hoof, being put together on each shooting day by the on-the-spot team, these fancy, detailed exercises such as Screenwriter's Problem Solver seem somewhat superfluous.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only repeating a handful of facts and shallow tips, 26 Oct 2000
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This review is from: The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem (Dell Trade Paperback) (Paperback)
Reducing this book's approximately 350 pages to 35 would in my humble opinion have made it a hundred times better, and given another price more in line with the informative value.
Lecturing on about how important it is to adapt one's script to the right format, and constantly nagging on about avoiding artificial talking heads, the author himself could have considered checking up on some of his own advice on how to keep the reader's interest, and how to avoid dull and uninteresting writing. ...or perhaps he did, and his product is an indication of the effectiveness of his own advices?
I forced myself to continue through the 3rd-8th chapter (of total 22) with the cod-liver-oil-attitude; "I hate this, but it's supposed to be good for me". Then I had to give up. Repetitiveness might function well in the author's classroom lecturing, but on print it's overly annoying. Especially when nothing really new seems to surface in between.
A much better read, and far more comprehensive, I find Linda Seger's book "How to make a good script great" which I am now enjoying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top marks for this book., 14 July 2010
This review is from: The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem (Dell Trade Paperback) (Paperback)
This book is a must for all screenwriters. Syd Field is an absolute legend within this industry and would recommend all of his books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A GREAT BOOK111, 16 Aug 1999
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This review is from: The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem (Dell Trade Paperback) (Paperback)
I've been stuck on my screenplay for months now. It's good, I know it's good, but I didn't know what was wrong with it. I tried all the other books, some were good, others not. But this book just nailed it down for me. I found out what was wrong, and how to fix it. Great job. I'm going to read everything Field has written.
GET THIS BOOK!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is literally a problem solver, 10 April 1999
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This review is from: The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem (Dell Trade Paperback) (Paperback)
This book is the best tool to assist screenwriters in getting the most out of their scenes and characters. Field's simple, straight forward sentence structure allows the reader to easily find and understand any problem he or she may encounter in the screenwriting process. Field tosses out the technical lingo and explains things in a basic way that anyone could comprehend. He makes screenwriting fun.
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