Tag Archive | Syd Field

An Open Letter to Spec Screenwriters


Confession time: I am the world’s worst reader. A former manager of mine used to refer to my pile of unread scripts as the “Rockpit.” It was a steadily-growing 8 1/2″ by 11″ rectangular stack that sometimes grew so tall you’d think I was trying to turn it back into a mighty oak. I’ve finally […]

10 Books that Will Change Your Directing


So first things first. Directing is about DOING the job – it’s hard to get very good at it by sitting by one’s self and reading a book or even taking a class. Even a great class. Directing is a collision-based learning system. You’ve got a piece of text, some actors, designers, and technicians, a […]