The Screenwriter's Workbook: Exercises and Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating a Successful Screenplay, Newly Revised and Updated

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At last! The classic screenwriting workbook—now completely revised and updated—from the celebrated lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author, Syd Field: “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world”*

No one knows more about screenwriting than Syd Field—and now the ultimate Hollywood insider shares his secrets and expertise, completely updating his bestselling workbook for a new generation of screenwriters. Filled with new material—including fresh insights and anecdotes from the author and analyses of films from Pulp Fiction to Brokeback Mountain—The Screenwriter’s Workbook is your very own hands-on workshop, the book that allows you to participate in the processes that have made Syd Field’s workshops invaluable to beginners and working professionals alike. Follow this workbook through
to the finish, and you’ll end up with a complete and salable script!

Learn how to:
• Define the idea on which your script will be built
• Create the model—the paradigm—that professionals use
• Bring your characters to life
• Write dialogue like a pro
• Structure your screenplay for success from the crucial first pages to the final act

Here are systematic instructions, easy-to-follow exercises, a clear explanation of screenwriting basics, and expert advice at every turn—all the moment-to-moment, line-by-line help you need to transform your initial idea into a professional screenplay that’s earmarked for success.

The Perfect Companion Volume to Syd Field’s Revised and Updated Edition of Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

*Hollywood Reporter


From the Trade Paperback edition.
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About the author

Syd Field (1935–2013), the internationally renowned “guru of screenwriting,” was the author of eight bestselling books on the subject, including Screenplay, published in twenty-three languages and used in hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide and around the world. He was inducted into the Final Draft Hall of Fame in 2006 and was the first inductee into the Screenwriting Hall of Fame of the American Screenwriting Association. He was also a special consultant to the Film Preservation Project for the Getty Center.
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Publisher
Delta
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Published on
Dec 18, 2008
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Pages
320
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ISBN
9780307497727
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Composition & Creative Writing
Reference / Personal & Practical Guides
Reference / Writing Skills
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This content is DRM protected.
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Write a great script and get it into the hands of the Hollywoodplayers!

So you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write afeature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, thisfriendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creatingyour story and developing memorable characters to formatting yourscript and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tipsand strategies for getting your screenplay noticed!

The screenwriting process from A to Z -- from developing aconcept and thinking visually to plotline, conflicts, pacing, andthe conclusionCraft living, breathing characters -- from creating thebackstory to letting your characters speak to balancing dialoguewith actionTurn your story into a script -- from developing an outline andgetting over writer's block to formatting your screenplay andhandling rewritesPrepare for Hollywood -- from understanding the players andsetting your expectations to polishing your copy and protectingyour workSell your script to the industry -- from preparing your pitchand finding an agent to meeting with executives and making adeal

Open the book and find:

The latest on the biz, from entertainment blogs to top agentsto box office jargonNew story examples from recently released filmsTips on character development, a story's time clock, dramaticstructure, and dialogueNew details on developing the nontraditional screenplay -- frommusicals to animation to high dramatic styleExpanded information on adaptation and collaboration, withexamples from successful screenwriting duos
Yes, you can write a great screenplay. Let Syd Field show you how.

“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

Technology is transforming the art and craft of screenwriting. How does the writer find new ways to tell a story with pictures, to create a truly outstanding film? Syd Field shows what works, why, and how in four extraordinary films: Thelma & Louise, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Silence of the Lambs, and Dances with Wolves.

Learn how:

Callie Khouri, in her first movie script, Thelma & Louise, rewrote the rules for good road movies and played against type to create a new American classic.
James Cameron, writer/director of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, created a sequel integrating spectacular special effects and a story line that transformed the Terminator, the quintessential killing machine, into a sympathetic character. This is how an action film is written.
Ted Tally adapted Thomas Harris's chilling 350-page novel, The Silence of the Lambs, into a riveting 120-page script—a lesson in the art and craft of adapting novels into film.
Michael Blake, author of Dances with Wolves, achieved every writer's dream as he translated his novel into an uncompromising film. Learn how he used transformation as a spiritual dynamic in this work of mythic sweep.

Informative and utterly engrossing, Four Screenplays belongs in every writer's library, next to Syn Field's highly acclaimed companion volumes, Screenplay, The Screenwriter's Workbook, and Selling a Screenplay.

“If I were writing screenplays . . . I would carry Syd Field around in my back pocket wherever I went.”—Steven Bochco, writer/producer/director, L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues
Hollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in the ultimate three-volume guide to writing for film—featuring “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times).
 
This blockbuster ebook bundle includes:
SCREENPLAY: FOUNDATIONS OF SCREENWRITING • THE SCREENWRITER’S WORKBOOK • THE SCREENWRITER’S PROBLEM SOLVER
 
Syd Field was “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world” according to The Hollywood Reporter. His pioneering insights into structure, concept, and character launched innumerable careers. Now in one handy collection, his invaluable expertise is available to aspiring writers and working professionals alike.
 
The Essential Screenplay contains Syd Field’s Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, the industry standard for script development; The Screenwriter’s Workbook, a hands-on workshop full of practical exercises for creating successful screenplays; and The Screenwriter’s Problem Solver, a guide to identifying and fixing problems in your latest draft. 
 
Throughout, you’ll learn:
• why the first ten pages of your script are crucially important
• how to visually “grab” the reader from page one
• what makes great stories work
• the basics of writing dialogue
• the essentials of creating great characters
• how to adapt a novel, a play, or an article for the screen
• the three ways to claim legal ownership of your work
• tips for allowing your creative self to break free when you hit the “wall”
• how to overcome writer’s block forever
 
Featuring expert analysis of popular films including Pulp Fiction, Thelma & Louise, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Essential Screenplay will transform your initial idea into a screenplay that’s destined for success—and maybe even Cannes.
 
Praise for Syd Field
 
“The most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world.”—The Hollywood Reporter 
 
“Syd Field is the preeminent analyzer in the study of American screenplays.”—James L. Brooks, Academy Award–winning writer, director, producer 
 
“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, writer, Like Water for Chocolate 
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