Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting / Edition 1

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting / Edition 1

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by Robert McKee
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060391683
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/03/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
86,417
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.45(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Notes on the Text xi

PART 1: THE WRITER AND THE ART OF STORY 3
Introduction 3
1: The Story Problem 11

PART 2: THE ELEMENTS OF STORY 31
2: The Structure Spectrum 31
3. Structure and Setting 67
4. Structure and Genre 79
5. Structure and Character 100
6. Structure and Meaning 110

PART 3: THE PRINCIPLES OF STORY DESIGN 135
7: The Substance of Story 135
8: The Inciting Incident 181
9: Act Design 208
10: Scene Design 233
11: Scene Analysis 252
12: Composition 288
13: Crisis, Climax, Resolution 303

PART 4: THE WRITER AT WORK 317
14: The Principle of Antagonism 317
15: Exposition 334
16: Problems and Solutions 346
17: Character 374
18: The Text 388
19: A Writer's Method 410
Suggested Readings 421
Filmography 423
Index 457

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