New Screenwriter Looks at the New Screenwriter, The


  • 369 Pages
  • 6x9 Paper
  • Silman-James Press
  • 9781879505049
  • 1-879505-04-5

In this collection of interviews, screenwriters discuss their craft with insider Bill Froug. Screenwriting techniques, breaking into the business, the role of the writer in the filmmaking process, writing for television, what makes a screenplay work, and what sells a screenplay are among the many subjects they discuss.

Froug offers the reader a contemporary look at one of Hollywood’s most important arts. It should enlighten and delight anyone who is writing a screenplay or contemplating writing a screenplay as well as anyone who simply is a film fan.

Interviews with
Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Return of the Living Dead, Total Recall)
Jeffrey Boam (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lethal Weapon II, The Dead Zone)
Ronald Bass (Rain Man, Sleeping with the Enemy, Gardens of Stone)
Anna Hamilton Phelan (Mask, Gorillas in the Mist)
Gregory Widen (Backdraft, Highlander)
Joe Eszterhas (Betrayed, Jagged Edge, Music Box)
Daniel Pyne (Pacific Heights, The Hard Way, Miami Vice)
Bill Bryan (Night Court, Anything But Love)
Laurence Dworet (The Ultimatum)
DianeI Frolov (Northern Exposure, Alien Nation)
Fay Kanin (Teacher’s Pet, Friendly Fire)
Jack Epps, Jr. and JIim Cash (Top Gun, Turner & Hooch, Dick Tracy)
CAA co-founders and agents Bill Haber and Rowland Perkins

“…incisive and witty; the collaborative nature of filmmaking in America never has been so graphically illustrated. An exciting book, a valuable book.”
—Del Reisman, President, Writers Guild of America, west (1991-1993)

William Froug

William Froug (1922-2013) was an Emmy-winning writer-producer, author, and screenwriting professor. His television credits include The Twilight Zone, Playhouse 90,  Gilligan's Island, Charlie's Angels, and Bewitched. While serving as executive in charge of drama at CBS, he pursued teaching and became an adjunct professor at USC’s film school from 1968-1975. Later, he became a tenured professor at UCLA, where he founded it's present film and television writing program. The Producers Guild named him Producer of the Year in 1956, and the Writers Guild of America awarded him their Valentine Davies Award in 1987. He is the author of five books on screenwriting and a memoir, How I Escaped from Gilligan's Island: And Other Misadventures of a Hollywood Writer-Producer.


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