Film Industry Obituaries

Visit ScriptMag’s film industry obituaries section and pay tribute to pioneers in the screenwriting industry.

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Syd Field: A Historical Perspective

by Dr. Linda Seger The Great American Dream used to be the aspiration to write the Great American Novel, not the Great American Screenplay. A few novelists and playwrights wended their way to Hollywood to write screenplays, often with disastrous results and unhappy lives, feeling constrained by the form and the crass commercialism of...

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Screenwriting Legend Syd Field Passes

Beverly Hills, CA—November 17, 2013—Syd Field, long considered by the global film community as “the guru of screenwriting,” died on Sunday, November 17 of hemolytic anemiaat his home in Beverly Hills surrounded by his wife, family and friends. He was 77. Field was the author of eight best-selling books on screenwriting. The first of...


Scoggins Report: March 2012 Pitch Sales Roundup

The Scoggins Report is a compilation of sales and trends in the industry. Archive editions can be found at The Business of Show Institute and on Details on every person, project, and company covered by the Report can also be found at The Report is reprinted at by permission of the...