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The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem (Dell Trade Paperback) Paperback – 9 Oct 1998

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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (imprint of Dell Publishing); First Printing edition (9 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440504910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440504917
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.9 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With examples from "Pulp Fiction, How to Make an American Quilt, The Shawshank Redemption, Crimson Tide, Broken Arrow"...and more of Hollywood's biggest hits

"The most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world."--"The Hollywood Reporter"

"If I were writing screenplays...I would carry Syd Field around in my back pocket wherever I went."--Steven Bochco, writerproducerdirector, "L.A. Law, NYPD Blue"

"I based "Like Water For Chocolate" on what i learned in Syd's books. Before, I always felt structure imprisoned me, but what I learned was structure really freed me to focus on the story."--Laura Esquivel

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All writing is rewriting. But what do you change, and how do you change it? All screenplays have problems. They happened to "Die Hard: With a Vengeance and "Broken Arrow-and didn't get fixed, leaving the films flawed. They nearly shelved "Platoon-until Oliver Stone rewrote the first ten pages and created a classic. They happen to every screenwriter. But good writers see their problems as a springboard to creativity. Now bestselling author Syd Field, who works on over 1,000 screenplays a year, tells you step-by-step how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems, providing the professional secrets that make movies brilliant-secrets that can make your screenplay one headed for success...or even Cannes. Learn how to:
Understand what makes great stories work
Make your screenplay work in the first ten pages, using "Thelma & Louise and "Dances With Wolves as models
Use a "dream assignment" to let your creative self break free overnight
Make action build character, the way Quentin Tarantino does
Recover when you hit the "wall"-and overcome writer's block forever

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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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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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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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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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