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The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problems

The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problems
Your Price: $23.95 CDN
Author: Syd Field
Publisher: Delta
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 384
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 0440504910
ISBN-13: 9780440504917

About the Book:

Acclaimed by CNN as the "guru of all screenwriters," and by The Hollywood Reporter as "the most sought after screenwriting teacher in the world," several generations of screenwriters have used Syd Field's bestselling books to ignite successful careers in film.

The Screenwriter's Problem Solver is your very own hands-on workshop – the book that allows you to participate in the processes that made the Syd Field workshops and seminars invaluable to beginners and working professionals alike. Here the celebrated lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author offers the ultimate trouble-shooting guide to screenwriting, expertly illustrating what makes a screenplay work  and what makes it bomb faster than you can say "Action!"

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. No one knows more about screenwriting than Syd Field — and in The Screenwriter's Problem Solver he 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.

In The Screenwriter's Problem Solver you will 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

The Screenwriter's Problem Solver is a perfect companion volume to Syd Field's Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting, which is universally considered to be "the Bible" of screenwriting.

About the Author:

Syd Field (1935 − 2013) was an internationally acclaimed teacher, lecturer, and popular speaker who held workshops and seminars for writers hoping to grasp Hollywood's magic formula. Writers who learned from Field — including Tina Fey, Alfonso Cuaron, Judd Apatow, John Singleton, and Frank Darabont — worked in all genres of film and television. Born in Hollywood, he grew up immersed in the film world. He attended Hollywood High School and UC Berkeley, where he received a degree in English literature in 1960. He began his career at Wolper Productions in the shipping department before writing for the original Biography TV series. He was also a script consultant for 20th Century Fox, Disney, Universal and TriStar Pictures. In the mid-1970s he began teaching screenwriting at Sherwood Oaks Experimental College on Hollywood Boulevard and went on to became a lecturer at USC and the American Film Institute. He was the American Screenwriting Association's first inductee into the Screenwriting Hall of Fame.

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