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Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting

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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.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm theory & criticism Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 16/07/1999 ISBN-13: 9780413715609  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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An excellent book to study (don't just read it) for all writers. Be sure to have highlighter, notepad and pen to hand.

- 14/02/2015
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Whether or you agree with Robert McKee's views or not this is required reading for any filmmaker finding their feet in the industry. It is well laid out and will quickly become dog-earred and full of notes. His filmmaking course is legendary - if you haven't heard of the book before watch 'Adaptation' first for a bit of context!

- 27/08/2012
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