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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0060391685

ISBN-13: 9780060391683

Pub. Date: 10/03/1997

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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:
164,502
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.45(d)

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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Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a novelist and bought the book hoping to pick up some tips. I underline things in books that are worthy of going back and reviewing, and I am very pragmatic. I almost underlined everything in the book! Chapter 19 (A Writer's Method) was the practical, day-to-day info on how to succeed that I had been in search of for years in a compact form from someone who knew what they were doing. You cannot go wrong buying this book, and I'm going to his seminar to learn more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those stories beat R.L Stine's Goosebumps horror level by 1000%!
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SEPTEMBER THIRTEENTH 2015 <p> Dear diary, this is the first day I am writing in you. Okay, perhaps I should say writing on the paper inside you. Whatever. Did I mention I sometimes write or say weird things, and often cannot decide what to say. Or write?<p> Today I went to school, DUH. The funny thing is , my friend Anne started calling me weird names like Tuppy. Think, TUPPY!! What next?? Like, Ergy ??? Seriously...? Actually, she called my other friend Ergy. That friend"s real name was Jasmine. Big difference!! Really. <p> HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! <p> Sorry. Had the laughing fit there for a sec. Hehe. Hehe. HEHE. <p> oop. I nearly got it again! I am writing in this because I am afraid. Our teacher, Mr. Simpson (oh yeah, tht is weird, but you have to take it) , told us a freaky story that TOTALLY scared me out of my wits. You wanna read it? Here: <p> Selena was happily playing on the steps of her house. Suddenly, a white ghostly woman arrived in front of her house. <p> Who was she??? <p> Selena looked carefully over the old lady who said ,"Child, the deserted house....you go...now...my...it was mine...the door...kitchen..." in a trembly and hollow voice. <p> Selena trembled. She did not understand! She wanted to ask the lady, but she dissapeared as sudden as she appeared. <p> Selena was a good girl, and so walked to the edge of the village towards the deserted house. She walked up the gray stone stairs and raised a trembling hand. Should she knock? Walk in?....<p> phew!! I have sweat on my hands.. our teacher wanted us to finish it and i said that the lady came and killed her. Nah, i am tooooooooooooo frightened to write. I wrote 13 "o"s on the too. I am good! <p>Really, diary, I suppose i have to write goodbye!! Mom says i gotta sleep. <p> Thanks for reading this!! Now the next few books will be on "Grace" all result. I will love it if you comment and give bios!! By: Abigail&#12485 I based this story on my friend Grace. Once again, go to grace all results to comment and do bios. My stories there too. Thanks!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A young couple were walking through the woods, just leaving from a late night movie. They were laughing and playfully arguing over which of the two movies was the stupidest. They were deep into the woods when Tanya suddenly covered Josh's mouth with her hand. He gently pulled her hand away. <p > "Whats the matter, babe?", he asked, kissing her palm. "I- i thought i heard rustling. From... over... there." She pointed towards a bush. Tanya then jumped in fear. She could have sworn she saw something move. She told Josh this. He laughed. "Its your imagination, hon." He leaned down to kiss her. <p> Just as their lips met, there /was/ a rustling, and suddenly a ghostly white figure came out of the bushes. <p> "EEEEEEEEE!!!!" <p> It screeched an eerie cry. As it came closer, the young couple grabbed each other and stared in horror. The thing had glowing red sockets, and dried blood on its cheeks and chapped lips. Its skin was chalky and saggy. And it had fangs. The couple noticed something else. It was swinging an axe! They started to run. <p> "EEEEEEEEE!!!!" <p> It chased after them. The couple were fearing for their lives. The creature caught up to them, and swung its axe at Josh. His head fell to the ground, pooling blood, his face frozen in a look of horror. Tanya was sobbing now. She ran faster. <p> "EEEEEEEEEE!!!!" <p> Screeching its eerie cry, the thing flew after Tanya. She was ahead of it... so far. Then it took an amazing burst of speed, catching up. It chopped at her neck, but missed and chopped off her arm instead! She screamed in pain, unable to run any more. The creature chopped off her head, and she fell to the ground, dead. <p> "EEEEEEE!!!" <p> It wailed a cry of victory and leaned its mouth down onto Tanya's bloody skin, digging its teeth deep and tearing her open. It sucked her blood dry, then smiled up at the full moon. It then faded into the darkness, hoping to kill and feed again... <p> TO ALL READERS: if youre afraid to go into the woods at night now that youve read my story, well... thats the point! You probably shouldnt have read my story! Happy nightmares! <br> Pokemon Girl :3
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the_protagonist1 More than 1 year ago
This book is very helpful if you are starting out. You have to know the rules before you get good enough to break them. I do not agree with his thoughts on the use of voice over. Some of the best movies ever made have voice over and the voice over, when it's done right gives the film a personal touch.<br /> <br /> Review by Curt Wiser Author of BOX CUTTER KILLER.
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