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A tapestry of Froug's essays and interviews with top screenwriters, producers, and directors. Once again, Froug proves that he can skilfully pull engaging thoughts from his interviewees and, with his own essays, can use both novice and seasoned screenwriters to rethink what they do. The essays are wide-ranging, covering such diverse subjects as creating your own talent, getting your scripts read, avoiding story-structure gurus, entering screenplay contests, a scene-by-scene look at the film Body Heat, Hollywood's rewrite panic, Hollywood's ephemeral enthusiasms, why rooting interest isn't necessary, the stop-start method for studying films, guarding your surprises, reinventing old ideas, and guilt as a writer's tool.
This one has more instruction from Froug than I’ve before seen. And I think it’s the most recent. But I’ve read several of these, and, as people from Nicholas Kazan to Jeffrey Boam have said, they’re great instructive tools. Enlightening and inspiring.
A Long-Awaited Sequel
on April 16, 2016
By Drew Brown
Froug is a great writer … I can’t blame him for him doing a sequel to what I consider to be the best book for screenwriters since Syd Field’s Screenplay. It seems a but less substantive than the first book, but still worth the read.
on January 25, 2017
I gave this to my brother the screenwriter in training.
Interesting and insightful.
on May 9, 2015
By RC MATHESON
Interesting and insightful. Worth getting both volumes.
Excellent insights from some great screenwriters
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on November 27, 2001
By J. Jones
Having read about every screenwriting book that I can get my hands on, I find that these books typically fall into three categories. One, the book that promotes a certain formula for successful writing (see Syd Field). Two, the book that tells of a writer’s experiences with the Hollywood scene and/or his/her take on the job of a screenwriter (see William Goldman), and then lastly, there is Bill Froug whose books decry the use of formulaic approaches to screenwriting and enthusiastically urge young writers to follow their muse and let the creative juices flow. Somewhere in the middle is my favorite, Linda Seger, who stops short of advising formulas but gives extremely practical advice for improving scripts.
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