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to bring the story of Syd Field to life

"Syd Field: What's the Story?" a feature documentary film A Project of Documentaries

Syd Field changed the face of entertainment forever with his best-selling screenwriting books. But who was the man behind "The Foundations of Screenwriting?​"

We are in the development and fundraising stage for the documentary Syd Field: What's the Story?, which will reveal the life and journey of the man who transformed the landscape of screenwriting.

In 1979, Syd Field ( launched his first book Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting. For anyone dreaming of writing a script — and many Hollywood development professionals — it became a bible. Syd went on to write seven more books, and was sought after by writers around the world to share his screenwriting method and passion. His work helped writers transform ideas into major studio films, independent features, and television series, and inspired so many others to fulfill their creative musings. But who was Syd Field? What were his Hollywood beginnings? And how did he come to be known as the "guru of screenwriting?"

Please donate to help us make the film a reality, and to share his story with the world.

The Filmmaking Team: Syd met Director/Producer Karin Hayes while he was serving as a jury member at the Sonoma International Film Festival in Spring 2013, only months before he passed away. Hayes is the recipient of the prestigious duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for her first documentary film, The Kidnapping of Ingrid Betancourt (HBO & CNN). Hayes's most documentary WE'RE NOT BROKE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and won Best Documentary at the Crossroads Film Festival. Her feature documentary films have screened at festivals around the world, on television channels, and on digital outlets including: HBO, CNN, PBS, Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, CBS 60 Minutes II, The History Channel, Sundance Channel, France 2, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Her website is

Producer Debbie Chesebro is a creative producer with over 15 years of experience in production, post production, accounting/finance (20th Century Fox, Paramount Studios, Netflix), feature films, commercials, and new media. Most recently, she worked in Cambodia on Netflix's upcoming Angelina Jolie Pitt-directed feature. She produced Michael Cera's award-winning short film, Gregory Goes Boom (2014 Sundance Film Festival), and was Senior Producer at the online comedy collective Jashfunded by Google, founded by Adam Carolla, Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts and the comedy duo, Tim & Eric. She produced the company's online content, and live channel launches at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW. Debbie is a USC School of Cinema-Television graduate.

Producer Aviva Field began working in film as an actress in Vienna, Austria, and studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in West Hollywood, CA. She met Syd Field at a film event in Vienna in 1990, fell in love, and moved to Los Angeles in 1991. Through the years, Aviva organized workshops for Syd in Los Angeles, and became his right-hand woman as he pursued his teaching worldwide. Aviva continues to work professionally as a Feldenkrais® practitioner, and this is her first foray into documentary film production.

Supported by 5 Donations:

  • Anonymous
    I Gave $5,000
    – Phillipa C.
  • Shelly M.
    I Gave $3,000
    Final Draft is proud to support this project to document Syd Field’s significant contributions to the craft and business of screenwriting.
  • Silhouette
    I Gave $5,000
    Best of luck always. I know it will be amazing!!!!
  • Philippa C.
    I Gave $1,000
  • Rika H.
    I Gave $100