Out of the books I got from the library on screenwriting, I admit that I was the most stoked about Syd Fieldâ€™s â€œThe Screenwriterâ€™s Workbookâ€ because he is a recognizable name. I just finished it today.
After reading the book I am left with one thought: Whatâ€™s the big fucking deal?
And have you looked this guy up on IMDB? Laughable!
He is no more an expert at screenwriting that I am at chemical engineering. There wasnâ€™t anything particularly enlightening in the book. So, here is my conclusion on Syd Fieldâ€¦
Heâ€™s an old wanker, which works in his favor. See, I think that, oh I dunno, maybe 30 years or so ago when the internet wasnâ€™t a part of life like it is now that Syd declared himself a screenwriting ninja. IMDB wasnâ€™t around, you couldnâ€™t google him, so Syd Field the Screenwriting Ninja was born. Overtime, he has been accepted as an expert, even though heâ€™s just a hack. Thereâ€™s no way anyone could get away with pulling this kind of stunt now, but back in his dayâ€¦
To prove what a hack he is, he has all these celeb endorsements in the front of the book, one of which is from Laura Esquival, the writer of Like Water for Chocolate. It says, â€œI based Like Water for Chocolate on what I learned from Sydâ€™s booksâ€¦â€ She is referring to the screenplay for the novel. The novel was amazing. The movie was beyond balls. Everyone I know that has read the book and seen the movie wonders wtf? after seeing the horrible film.