How to Identify Script Problems: On Syd Field’s THE SCREENWRITER’S PROBLEM SOLVER

Welcome to Syd Field‘s Screenplay (The Foundations of Screenwriting): The Sequel. Which is Not a Bad Thing at all. In fact, if you buy The Screenwriter’s Problem Solver, in my humble opinion, you don’t need to read Syd Field’s original…

William Goldman’s Ten Commandments of Pitching

From the book Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade, the basic rules of pitching. In case you are not familiar with William Goldman (1931-2018), he’s been one of the best screenwriters Hollywood has seen. He was…

How Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT Was Written

Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz) was a big film star in Hollywood during the 50s and the beginning of the 60s. He made great films like Sweet Smell of Success, got an Oscar nomination for The Defiant Ones and, at…

How Stanley Kubrick’s EYES WIDE SHUT Was Written

Frederic Raphael: There’s a lot of talk. You want a lot of talk? Stanley Kubrick: I can’t say what I want. I want to do Arthur’s story (Schnitzler’s “Traumnovelle”), but in New York, now. That’s all I can tell you.…

Best Screenwriting Books: Dmytryk’s ON SCREEN WRITING

Dmytryk, Edward Filmmaker Edward Dmytryk published a series of books on the film trade when, in the last section of his life, he became a film teacher. We have already reviewed here his book On Film Editing and here his book On Screen Acting. Now it’s…

Best Screenwriting Books: THE ART OF DRAMATIC WRITING

Lajos Egri (1888-1967) wrote The Art of Dramatic Writing back in the ’40s. The book is not about writing film but theatre. Still, it’s considered chronologically as the first “how-to“ work ever made about screenwriting -even if the author didn’t know. Many concepts in…