9780060391683

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting

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    9780060391683

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    0060391685

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/1/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni.

Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen.

No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

Author Biography

Robert McKee teaches his Story Structure class regularly to sold-out auditoriums in Los Angeles, New York, London, and other European cities. A Ph.D. in cinema arts and a former Fulbright scholar, his credits include numerous television and feature films. In addition to writing and lecturing, McKee serves as a consultant to major film production companies such as Tri-Star and Golden Harvest Films and in 1991 was awarded the H.U.W. Weldon BAFTA Award (the British equivalent of the Emmy) for Best Arts Program for J'Accuse: Citizen Kane. He lives in Los Angeles and London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix(2)
Notes on the Text xi
PART 1: THE WRITER AND THE ART OF STORY 3(28)
Introduction 3(8)
1. The Story Problem
11(20)
PART 2: THE ELEMENTS OF STORY 31(104)
2. The Structure Spectrum
31(36)
3. Structure and Setting
67(12)
4. Structure and Genre
79(21)
5. Structure and Character
100(10)
6. Structure and Meaning
110(25)
PART 3: THE PRINCIPLES OF STORY DESIGN 135(182)
7. The Substance of Story
135(46)
8. The Inciting Incident
181(27)
9. Act Design
208(25)
10. Scene Design
233(19)
11. Scene Analysis
252(36)
12. Composition
288(15)
13. Crisis, Climax, Resolution
303(14)
PART 4: THE WRITER AT WORK 317(104)
14. The Principle of Antagonism
317(17)
15. Exposition
334(12)
16. Problems and Solutions
346(28)
17. Character
374(14)
18. The Text
388(22)
19. A Writer's Method
410(11)
Fade Out
418(3)
Suggested Readings 421(2)
Filmography 423(34)
Index 457

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Do yourself a favor, read the Book before you take his Seminar. If you can attend one of Bob's seminars do it, it's worth it. If you can't this year, get his textbook and digest it. That means, highlighters, and marking it up. It does you no good sitting on your bookshelf. Who knows, you might end up at the Oscar's because of Bob's book.
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