Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade

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Here is practical, write-from-the-gut advice that resounds with experience and integrity. William Froug explores how to keep the dramatic tension in your script and how to find the single line of action and the lines of counteraction. "What you feel is what counts," he says. He advises keeping the dialogue lean, getting intimate with your characters, revealing information only when it has impact, and knowing how to use the technique of foreshadowing.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Silman-James Pr; Revised edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879505134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879505131
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Customer Reviews

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 on June 3, 2016
By Rayman Perera
What makes a great movie?

Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade

 on April 8, 2013
By Joanne C. Laplante
Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade is fantastic. Not only they shows the tricks and might some revealed some secrets as well. I found it is well-written and learn the trade.


3 people found this helpful.
 on April 28, 2014
By Tull1
Read the other reviews and they are on target. I’m going to offer a different perspective.

The Best of the the How-To books on screenwriting.

One person found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2014
By 50's Kid
I have read several books (and many on-line articles) on how to write a good screenplay, and I feel that this is the best resource. As always, one should read and consult many other sources, then develop the methodology that works best for them.

The Vice President Of How To Screenwritng Books!

 on July 22, 2005
By R. Ferguson
Screenwriting Tricks of The Trade by William Froug

Straight Talk – Pragmatic Advice

8 people found this helpful.
 on January 25, 2001
By Robert Graves
I’ve read about a dozen scriptwriting books and this was in many ways the best of the bunch.

Bill Froug — the real article

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 11, 2007
By S. H. Towsley
Mr. Froug was my professor in a post-grad class at the University of Southern California Cinema Department which, by the way, also included Dan O’Bannon.

Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade – Thumbs Up

10 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 1999
By Nelson
The book was given to me as a gift 4 years ago. Since that time, I have written numerous screenplays and have found some success with it. This book is a book that I continue to use as a reference on almost every script I write. This book doesn’t break down the basics for the novice screenwriter, but gives an overview of the writing process — things that you might have forgotten as you are engrossed in a rewrite. I have found Mr. Froug’s book to have been extremely helpful and his attitude on screenwriting and life refreshing.

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