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Screenwriting guru Syd Field dies aged 77

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Nov 18, 2013 | 8:05am EST

Influential screenwriting guru Syd Field has died aged 77. Field passed away on Sunday (17Nov13) at his home in Beverly Hills, California following a battle with a severe form of anaemia. He was the author of eight best-selling books on screenwriting and taught at institutions around world during a 50-year career that also saw him serve as a specialist script consultant for 20th Century Fox, the Disney Studios, Universal and Tri-Star Pictures. His books and classes are credited as major influences by many of Hollywood's biggest names in screenwriting. Tina Fey, creator and writer of hit U.S. TV comedy 30 Rock, previously said of Field, "I did a million drafts. And then I did the thing everybody does - I read Syd Field and I used my index cards." The Shawshank Redemption's screenwriter/director Frank Darabont has also heaped praise on Field in the past, saying, "I've gone from reading his books, to being taught by him in courses. I think one of us must have done something right. I thank him all the time for inspiring me." Field was the first person to enter the American Screenwriters Association's Screenwriting Hall of Fame.

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