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by Ramzi De Coster
November 18, 2013 11:46 AM
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Screenwriting Guru and Best-Selling Author Syd Field Dies at Age 77

Syd Field

Screenwriting guru and best-selling author Syd Field has died of hemolytic anemia at the age of 77 at his home in Beverly Hills. 

Field has long been known as one of the most sought-after mentors and minds in the screenwriting community for his never-ending dedication to the craft and his masterful handling of it. In addition to outlining the infamous three-act structure followed by most screenwriters, Field published eight best-selling screenwriting guides that have been cited as major influences by Judd Apatow, Tina Fey and others.

Field's 1979 book "Screenplay," in particular, has largely been considered the "bible" of screenwriting. His death was announced by the Raindance Film Festival, which was set to receive him for a "screenwriters summit" in London last week though Field was forced to cancel his appearance due to illness.

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