Syd Field Joins Big Break! Judges Panel
By Final Draft
Jun 30, 2004, 18:00

Syd Field Joins Big Break! Judges Panel
2004 Final Draft screenwriting contest to be judged by Hollywood's best
Final Call for Entries - June 30, 2004

Los Angeles, CA -- Syd Field, the world's foremost scriptwriting guru, has been named as a judge in Final Draft, Inc.'s Big Break! Screenwriting Contest. The announcement was made today by Marc Madnick, CEO, President and Co-Founder of Final Draft, Inc.
( As part of the prize package, Field will also conduct an exclusive story conference with the 2004 winner.

"Not only has Syd agreed to sit on the judging panel, he has graciously offered to work with this year's winner to analyze their winning entry," said Madnick. He continued, "With Syd's keen eye for story and character, the winner of this year's contest is going to walk away with a beautifully developed script."

As Hollywood's preeminent authority on the art and craft of screenwriting, Syd Field has authored the internationally acclaimed best-selling books Screenplay, The Screenwriter's Workbook, and The Screenwriter's Problem Solver. Field is currently at work updating, screenplay, "the Bible" of the film industry. Publication of the new version is scheduled for early in 2005. In joining the 2004 Big Break! Screenwriting Contest as a judge, Field commented, "I am very excited about serving on the judges panel and working with the people at Final Draft in their efforts to encourage and support the next generation of screenwriters." Looking forward to working with the winner during script analysis, Field said, "I have spent my entire career teaching the craft of screenwriting. The Big Break! competition has spawned several produced screenplays, and I am thrilled to work through a script with a talented new writer."

The submission deadline for the 2004 Big Break! Scriptwriting Contest is June 30, 2004. Contest Director Liz Alani said, "The opportunity to work with Syd Field on a script is a chance of a lifetime for an up-and-coming writer. With his participation, we are preparing for an influx of last minute submissions." For more information about the Big Break! Contest log onto and click on the Big Break! Logo.

About the Big Break! Scriptwriting Contest: The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000, an exclusive story conference with Syd Field (valued at $2,500) and an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to network and pitch their ideas with industry professionals. The second-prize winner will receive $3,000 and the third-prize winner receives $1,000. The 2004 contest is supported by The Writer's Guild of America, west. Final Draft is a preferred file format and the only scriptwriting software with an authorized agreement to integrate with WGAw Online Script Registration. 2004 Big Break! sponsors include: Creative Screenwriting, Scr(i)pt, Gotham Writers' Workshop, and The Writer's Store. These sponsors award magazine subscriptions, writing workshop attendance and gift certificates to the top ten finalists.

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