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Story by Robert McKee


Story by Robert McKee

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 audience. 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. Robert 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.


'In difficult periods of writing, particularly with structure, I often turn to Robert McKee's wonderful book, Story, for guidance.'
Dominic Dunne, author of Another City, Not My Own and The Two Mrs Grenvilles

* 'stimulating, innovative, refreshingly practical.
Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter, director of The Accidental Tourist, The Big Chill, Body Heat and The Empire Strikes Back

* 'McKee is the arch defender of story: his book is a revelation.
Griffin Dunne, screenwriter, director, producer of After Hours, Addicted to Love, Running on Empty and Chilly Scenes of Winter

* 'Since I first attended Robert McKee's course, I have sold four screenplays and two novels. I could not have done so without the wisdom and inspiration he provided.
Tim Willcocks, novelist

/ screenwriter of Bad City Blues, Green River Rising and Swept from the Sea

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 1999


Robert McKee

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Methuen Publishing Ltd


480 pages


Film theory & criticism
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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