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
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.
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.
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
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.
for details about forthcoming STORY
seminars to be held in London from
10th to 12th November
DIALOGUE BY ROBERT MCKEE
978 0413 777959