Syd Field, described by many in the film community as the "guru of all screenwriters," has died at age 77.
According to his website, Field died Sunday of hemolytic anemia at his Beverly Hills home, surrounded by his wife, family and friends.
Field was the author of eight books, mostly notably "Screenplay: The Basics of Film Writing," considered the the industry's most authoritative guide to screenwriting. It is credited with helping establish the now traditional three-act structure for feature film scripts.
Published in 1979, "Screenplay" has been translated into 23 languages and used as a textbook in over 400 colleges and universities around the world.
His gifted students include screenwriter/directors
A native of Hollywood, Field earned a B.A. in English literature from
He also chaired the Academic Liaison Committee at the
Field gave his final speech on "Why We are Storytellers" in September at the Story Expo in Los Angeles, for which he received a standing ovation.
A memorial service will be announced.