Sydney Alvin Field (December 19, 1935 – November 17, 2013) was a leading American screenwriter and author, who wrote several books on screenwriting, the first being Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (Dell Publishing, 1979). He led workshops and seminars about producing salable screenplays. Hollywood film producers use Field's ideas on structure to measure the potential of screenplays.
A revised and updated handbook for prospective screenwriters offers practical advice on plot structure, characterization, dialogue, research, and rewriting, and suggests writing exercises to improve one's screenwriting skills. Original. 20,000 first printing.