A generation of screenwriters has used Syd Fieldâ€™s bestselling books to ignite successful careers in film. Now the celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author has updated his classic guide for a new generation of filmmakers, offering a fresh insiderâ€™s perspective on the film industry today. From concept to character, from opening scene to finished script, here are easily understood guidelines to help aspiring screenwritersâ€”from novices to practiced writersâ€”hone their craft. Filled with updated materialâ€”including all-new personal anecdotes and insights, guidelines on marketing and collaboration, plus analyses of recent films, from American Beauty to Lord of the Ringsâ€”Screenplay presents a step-by-step, comprehensive technique for writing the screenplay that will succeed in Hollywood. Discover:â€˘Why the first ten pages of your script are crucially importantâ€˘How to visually â€śgrabâ€ť the reader from page one, word one â€˘Why structure and character are the essential foundation of your screenplayâ€˘How to adapt a novel, a play, or an article into a screenplayâ€˘Tips on protecting your workâ€”three legal ways to claim ownership of your screenplayâ€˘The essentials of writing great dialogue, creating character, building a story line, overcoming writerâ€™s block, getting an agent, and much more.With this newly updated edition of his bestselling classic, Syd Field proves yet again why he is revered as the master of the screenplayâ€”and why his celebrated guide has become the industryâ€™s gold standard for successful screenwriting.