Writing software co. to offer vet scribes' course on tape

HOLLYWOOD — Final Draft, makers of one of the leading software for screenwriters, has teamed with screenwriting instructor and author Syd Field to create a how-to video on the craft of writing scripts. It’s the first time that a screenplay software company has produced a video.

The $89 two-video set, “Syd Field’s Screenwriting Workshop,” takes writers on the same instructional journey as Field’s course, which is limited to 12 students at a time and normally costs thousands of dollars.

The video is produced by Santa Monica-based production company Harley’s House and Final Draft co-founder and CEO Marc Madnick.

“During the filming of this video, Syd was so passionate in his teachings that we had to stop the production numerous times, because he would get emotionally choked up,” Madnick said in a statement. “It really moved me, and I am sure that his knowledge and passion will motivate writers everywhere.”

Regarded by many industryites as one of the foremost authorities on the craft of screenwriting, Field has written such books as “Screenplay,” “The Screenwriter’s Workbook” and “Selling a Screenplay.”

The video was released Friday and will be available through Final Draft’s Web site (www.finaldraft.com) and at the Writer’s Computer Store and other select video and software outlets. Overseas distribution of foreign language versions is planned for late this year.

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