Syd Field (1935-2013), the internationally renowned "guru of screenwriting," was the author of eight bestselling books on the subject, including Screenplay, published in twenty-three languages and used in hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide and around the world. He was inducted into the Final Draft Hall of Fame in 2006 and was the first inductee into the Screenwriting Hall of Fame of the American Screenwriting Association. He was also a special consultant to the Film Preservation Project for the Getty Center.
"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 structrure really freed me to focus on the story."--Laura Esquivel
"If I were writing screenplays . . . I would carry Syd Field around in my back pocket wherever I went."--Steven Bochco, writer/producer/director, L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues