The Definitive Guide To Screenwriting Paperback – 7 Aug 2003
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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.
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.
A lot of info is repeated endlessly throughout the book, but for your benefit.
While I found the whole 2 plot points approach a bit outdated, the book offers some very valuable advise on character creation. I have read a lot of books about screenwriting but none of them offered such useful tools on shaping your characters as in this book.
Field talks us through structure, dialogue, characterisation and much more by using well-known films as examples.
A very excellent book. Party on!
in Hong Kong, where he lives, and rated this book highly.
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