Backwards & Forwards

A Technical Manual for Reading Plays

David Ball
Backwards & Forwards
Backwards & Forwards

Backwards & Forwards

A Technical Manual for Reading Plays

David Ball
$20.00

Long the bestselling book in its field, Backwards & Forwards is the primary go-to text on how plays and screenplays are written and analyzed. For more than 30 years, it has been the gold-standard manual for playwrights, screenwriters, directors, actors, designers, and producers. Its concise, easily followed 96 pages make up one of the most useful guides ever written on how your stories will keep your audiences not only listening but riveted. It is obviously and especially the perfect book for trial lawyers.

By special arrangement, Trial Guides is now making Backwards & Forwards directly available to Plaintiff’s attorneys for the first time. And it’s at a theater-world, not legal-world, price.

You’ll learn how to make jurors want to hear what you or an upcoming witness will have to say, how to keep jurors clear about the events and facts in your case, how to grab jurors on a gut level, how to demonstrate the real characters of your client and others in the case, and an array of many other ways good movies and plays use to hold, enthrall, and persuade.

This book is also a close look at how David, one of the nation’s top theater and film trainers, worked with his professional trainees. Backwards & Forwards joins David Ball on Damages along with Theater for Trial (with Joshua Karton), Reptile (with Don Keenan), and other works as among the most important resources in every trial lawyer’s training and practice.

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  • Details

    Paperback: 96 pages; 1st edition (1983); ISBN: 978-0809311101
    Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Table of Contents

    1. Foreword to the 2017 Edition
    2. Foreword to the 1983 Edition
    3. Introduction
    4. Part One: Shape
    5. What Happens That Makes Something Else Happen
    6. And What Happens Next?
    7. But Do It Backwards
    8. Stasis and Intrusion
    9. Obstacle, Conflict
    10. Ignorance Is Bliss
    11. Things Theatrical
    12. Part Two: Methods
    13. Exposition
    14. Forwards: Hungry for Next
    15. Missing Persons (Character)
    16. Image
    17. Theme
    18. Part Three: Tricks of the Trade
    19. Background Information
    20. Trusting the Playwright
    21. Families
    22. Generalities: Mood, Atmosphere
    23. The Unique Factor
    24. Changing Eras
    25. Climax
    26. Beginnings/Endings
    27. Rereading
    28. What Next?

Long the bestselling book in its field, Backwards & Forwards is the primary go-to text on how plays and screenplays are written and analyzed. For more than 30 years, it has been the gold-standard manual for playwrights, screenwriters, directors, actors, designers, and producers. Its concise, easily followed 96 pages make up one of the most useful guides ever written on how your stories will keep your audiences not only listening but riveted. It is obviously and especially the perfect book for trial lawyers.

By special arrangement, Trial Guides is now making Backwards & Forwards directly available to Plaintiff’s attorneys for the first time. And it’s at a theater-world, not legal-world, price.

You’ll learn how to make jurors want to hear what you or an upcoming witness will have to say, how to keep jurors clear about the events and facts in your case, how to grab jurors on a gut level, how to demonstrate the real characters of your client and others in the case, and an array of many other ways good movies and plays use to hold, enthrall, and persuade.

This book is also a close look at how David, one of the nation’s top theater and film trainers, worked with his professional trainees. Backwards & Forwards joins David Ball on Damages along with Theater for Trial (with Joshua Karton), Reptile (with Don Keenan), and other works as among the most important resources in every trial lawyer’s training and practice.

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