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Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop Win/Mac [DVD]
Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop Win/Mac
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
UR     2004

Whether you are working on your first screenplay or are a seasoned professional looking for technical help from the master himself, Syd Field's Screenwriting Workshop is an invaluable writing tool that you will rely upon a...  more »


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Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Studio: Final Draft
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 04/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated

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Movie Reviews

Not helpful at all ! - save your time and money for other re
Lady in red | Europe | 04/12/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Let's summarize my thoughts and opinion, which hopefully may assist you in making your choice:
- this course is only about how to structure a screenplay in 3 acts. This process has been highly doubted by industry professionals, cause it is copied from the theater which has it's own limitations and style. The 3-act structure might be useful to analyse screenplays but not really to encourage a creative writing process. Also is it not suitable for anybody to write the happenings of each act down on 14 cards and organize them. Syd even breaks his own system by splitting the 2nd act into 2 parts (in fact now we have 4 acts), so you have to use 2x14 cards to write down keywords. It feels like doing homework for primary school. I would rather encourage the following: Every person has their own way to make notes and structure their work and shall use their own style!
- Syd Field derives all his knowledge from analyzing screenplays not from writing them. And of course from this perspective you could force different kinds of structure on to a screenplay and will find ways to justify the chosen one.
- this DVD dedicates a lot of time to market Final Draft Software as best one in the industry. It doesn't mention that there are other software products on the market which are really good and helpful. So in fact, this is a cross selling marketing arrangement with Final Draft.
- Syd field is also good in marketing himself and his products by using associations of success. How does it help a writer to see Syd reading a screenplay, getting into his car, walking in a very self confident and proud manner with another (industry) guy on Rodeo drive, being in front of CAA and entering Paramount Pictures?
- The DVD is as disencouraging as the book is. I started reading the book and put it away before I have read half of it, cause it really killed my motivation to write a screenplay. What he illustrates is painting by numbers and was definitely not suitable for me.

I am glad that after about a year I kind of accidentially got into a weekend writing class, I regained motivation, started to work and also came across some really good literature. One of my recommendations would be Richard Walters Screenwriting which offers a lot of insights on story, character, dialogue, etc. It also presumes a threepart structure, but it doesn't just focus on that. Another good and entertaining read is "The 101 Habits of highly successful screenwriters", which tells you about the real world through interviews. I have started reading Michael Hauge's book and it seems to make sense too. Furthermore I would recommend to read some of John Truby's articles and see if his DVD classes might be suitable for you. And of course Linda Seger offers invaluable tools and advice. William Goldman is an established writer who will be able to share some valuable knowledge too (haven't read his book yet). Whatever you read or write - Good luck with it; and have fun!"
Excellent Stpe By Step Instructions
Raymond A. Mardo | USA | 06/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Syd Field provides viewers of this "Screenwriting Workshop" with organized assignments that if followed will lead to the completion of a screenplay.

Popular and easy to find movies like Shawshank Redemption, Titanic, and Thelma And Louise are used as examples to allow the viewer to see the techniques that Mr. Field competently articulates.

One would be well advised to watch the DVD once in it's entirety before attempting any of the assignments to see what will be involved on the grand scale. This way you can see what you will be commiting to.

Writing a screenpaly is not a formula, but formulas do exist to complete one. Consider this DVD covering Syd's techniques one of the formulas, or maybe recipe is a better analogy. Most people tweak a recipe to suit the taste of the people they are cooking for. You may tweak Syd's recipe, but if you stick to his original, step by step, you will end up cooking up a finished screenplay.

Will it taste good? Well, that depends on the quality of your ingredients. Syd can't give you that. No one can. Syd does give you excellent structure. That's all he can do... and he does it well.

Worth every penny.

His final speech at the end of the DVD is also very inspiring and heartfelt.

Thanks Syd."
G. Eng | Pittsburgh | 11/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent workshop that is worth the money. If you take the time to review and do the lessons, you will get better at screenwriting. I disagree with the one reviewer who got nothing out of the DVD. There are exercises that may seem simple at first but in fact offer subtle yet significant learning experiences. And I'm sure if Syd really wanted to write a story that he believed in, he would. He loves teaching obviously."