Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting (Google eBook)
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.
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Review: Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of ScreenwritingUser Review - Alan Braswell - Goodreads
Story is the most complex and hard to understand book about writing that I have ever come across. The instructor for my Plot class said that it took her months to understand just one sentence. Donald Maas is better. Read full review
Review: Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of ScreenwritingUser Review - Ellen Bard - Goodreads
I found this a great book around storytelling, with lots of very interesting and practical examples from film (given it's a screenwriting book). It's definitely something I will dip into again and again. Read full review