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The Screenwriter's Problem Solver : How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem - Syd Field

The Screenwriter's Problem Solver

How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem

By: Syd Field

Paperback Published: 1st March 1998
ISBN: 9780440504917
Number Of Pages: 366

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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

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

ISBN: 9780440504917
ISBN-10: 0440504910
Series: Dell Trade Paperback
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 1st March 1998
Publisher: Dell Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.32