Posts tagged ‘lessons’

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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April 24, 2013

10 Screenwriting Lessons From Django Unchained

django_unchained_dicaprio_foxxT.J. Barnard of WhatCulture recently shared ten screenwriting lessons any writer can learn from Django Unchained (the script). Django offers a number of positive examples of what to do, but also does a few things wrong, and T.J. expertly identifies those problems:

My experience with Django Unchained didn’t start with the finished movie: I read the screenplay a couple of years before when it got leaked online. At first I tried to resist, but the temptation was too great. Reading it, it struck me as a bit of a mess – in retrospect, “messiness” is a trait that most critical reviews (even the positive ones) picked up on. It also struck me as wildly imaginative, immensely fun to read, and packed to the brim with that great QT dialogue we all know and love.

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