Story by Robert McKee


McKee, Robert

15/07/1999 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413715609

About Story by Robert McKee


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'...stimulating, innovative, refreshingly practical.'

Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter/director of The Accidental Tourist, The Big Chill, Body Heat, The Empire Strikes Back

Structure is Character

Characters are what they do. Story events impact the characters and the characters impact events. Actions and reactions create revelation and insight, opening the door to a meaningful emotional experience for the audience.

Story is what elevates a film, a novel, a play, or teleplay, transforming a good work into a great one. Movie-making in particular is a collaborative endeavour – requiring great skill and talent by the entire cast, crew and creative team – but the screenwriter is the only original artist on a film.

Everyone else – the actors, directors, cameramen, production designers, editors, special effects wizards and so on – are interpretive artists, trying to bring alive the world, the events and the characters that the writer has invented and created.

Robert McKee’s STORY is a comprehensive and superbly organized exploration of all elements, from the basics to advanced concepts. It is a practical course, presenting new perspectives on the craft of storytelling, not just for the screenwriter but for the novelist, playwright, journalist and non-fiction writers of all types.

‘“Good story” means something worth telling that the world wants to hear. Finding this is your lonely task… but the love of a good story, of terrific characters and a world driven by your passion, courage and creative gifts is still not enough. Your goal must be a good story well told.'                   Robert McKee

In STORY, screenwriting guru Robert McKee presents his powerful and much sought-after knowledge in a comprehensive guide to the essentials of screenwriting and storytelling.

Using hundreds of films as examples, McKee takes the writer through all the critical points which allows him/her to write a screenplay which both works and sells. Robert McKee holds widely acclaimed screenwriting workshops internationally and has long won the highest praise from celebrities, film industry professionals and tens of thousands of enthusiastic students. He lives in Los Angeles where he is a consultant to a number of Hollywood studios on script development.


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Robert McKee

Robert McKee is the most sought after screenwriting lecturer around the globe. He has dedicated the last thirty years to educating and mentoring screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers, and directors internationally. Those who have learned from McKee have called him ‘the Aristotle of our time’ because of his insight into the substance, structure, style, and principles of the grand art of story. McKee’s former students include over sixty Academy Award Winners, two hundred Emmy Award Winners, a hundred Writers’ Guild of America Award Winners & fifty Directors’ Guild of America) Award Winners. A winner & nominee of BAFTA for his popular Channel Four series Reel Secrets, McKee also wrote & hosted twelve episodes of BBC’s FILMWORKS series. McKee’s articles on Story have also appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines around the world including Vanity Fair, The New Yorker Magazine, BBC & Channel 4. Since 1984, more than 100,000 students have taken McKee’s courses at various cities around the world including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Sydney, Toronto, Boston, San Francisco, Singapore, Madrid, Rome, Stockholm, Beijing, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow. McKee continues to be a project consultant to major film and television production companies & TV & Film companies regularly send their entire creative and writing staffs to his lectures.

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'In difficult periods of writing, particularly with structure, I often turn to Robert McKee's wonderful book, Story, for guidance.'

Dominic Dunne, Writer


'McKee is the arch defender of story; his book is a revelation.'

Griffin Dunne, Screenwriter/Director


'Since I first attended Robert McKee's course, I have sold four screenplays and two novels. I could not have done so without the wisdom and inspiration he provided.'

Tim Willocks, Writer/Screenwriter

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