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November 19, 2013

Honoring Syd Field: The Master of Screenplay

SydField_4x5Syd Field has passed away, and the writing world is mourning his loss. William Yardley of The New York Times has written a particularly poignant obituary for the legendary man:

The term “plot point” appeared in The New York Times fewer than 10 times during the century or so before 1979. Since then, it has appeared more than 200 times.

Syd Field in an undated photo. Mr. Field’s work served as a reference for James Cameron, Judd Apatow, Tina Fey, Frank Darabont and scores of other successful screenwriters

This book, published in 1979, was widely regarded over the next three decades as the “bible” of screenwriting.

It happens that 1979 was the year Syd Field published “Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting,” a book that over the next three decades became widely regarded as the “bible” of screenwriting, the paperback enabler of Hollywood dreams.

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November 19, 2013

Quote of the Day: Syd Field

But over the years, I’ve learned not to believe too much in luck or accidents; I think everything happens for a reason. There’s something to be learned from every moment, every experience we encounter during the brief time we spend on this planet. Call it fate, call it destiny, call it what you will; it really doesn’t matter.