Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Sep 28, 2010 - Performing Arts - 480 pages
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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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Good structure, and helpful tips - Goodreads
Could not get past the bloated writing. - Goodreads
Phenomenal. The lost art of storytelling. - Goodreads
This book gave me several really helpful insights. - Goodreads
Great principles on structure, easy to read, relatable. - Goodreads
He emphasizes the use of conflict to forward a plot. - Goodreads

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One of the best writing books I've ever read! Read full review

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User Review  - Nikki Ackerman - Goodreads

This book has some interesting stuff in it but it takes a while to wade through. It is well written, perhaps too well written. I prefer Syd Fields and "Screenplay". Read full review

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Contents

Dedication Notes on the Text
The Writer and the Art of Story
Introduction
The Story Problem
The Elements of Story
The Structure Spectrum
Structure and Setting
Structure and Genre
Scene Design
Scene Analysis
Composition
Crisis Climax Resolution
The Writer at Work
The Principle of Antagonism
Exposition
Problems and Solutions

Structure and Character
Structure and Meaning
The Principles of Story Design
The Substance of Story
The Inciting Incident
Act Design
Character
The Text
Fade
Index
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Robert McKee teaches his 3Story Structure2 class annually to sold out auditoriums in Los Angeles, New York, London and film capitals throughout the world. A Fulbright Scholar, this award-winning film and television writer has also served as project and talent development consultant to major production companies such as Tri-Star and Golden Harvest Films. He lives in Los Angeles and Cornwall, England.

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