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Legendary Screenwriting Teacher Syd Field Died

Syd Field, the man best known for articulating the ideal screenplay paradigm, the classic three-act structure, died from hemolytic anemia yesterday in his Beverly Hills home. A member of USC's master’s of professional writing faculty and author of eight best-selling screenwriting books (the first and most famous, Screenplay, was published in 1979), Field was one of the foremost teachers of writing for film. Judd Apatow, Frank Darabont, and John Singleton were just a few of his many successful students. He was 77.