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

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

by Rober McKee

November 13, 1997 | Hardcover

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 6.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.53 × 6.44 × 1.44 in

Published: November 13, 1997

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060391685

ISBN - 13: 9780060391683

Found in: Screenwriting, Screenwriting

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understanding Story For the first time I understand what a story actually is and why people want stories so much, why stories are so important and have been since way back in time, before Aristotle even. For anyone who has to understand the structure of a story in order to be able to write one, this is the right book. Some people know it intuitively but I have to be told. A wonderful book.
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and Insightful If you want to be a writer or a director, I highly recommend this book. You will be delighted as Mckee makes this book extremely entertaining and insightful.
Date published: 2011-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Five acts aren't enough, apparently Mckee's "Story" is an entertaining long essay on one man's observations and opinions of the Hollywood screenplay a generation ago. His idiosyncrasy is his multi-act division of a screenplay: five, seven, nine or more. He gives his definition of an act and his analysis seems reasonable. But I'm not sure that I come to the same conclusion when I try to repeat his analysis on my own. As to a scene, his analysis is more conventional. I did like his metaphor of finding "the gap" in a scene. The idea being that the best scenes go beyond what is actually happening and what the audience expects to happen; to open "a gap" in the scene that exposes the unexpected. Overall, I liked "Story". I'm not so sure it will be useful in writing a screenplay but it did make me think about the mechanics of a scene.
Date published: 2011-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Story Bible I've read several books on screenwriting and story over the years and this is by far the most comprehensive and insightful work I have ever encountered. Syd Field books are great too but McKee goes into greater detail. It's the bible for all aspects of the art and craft of storytelling and it's usefulness trancends well beyond even its original focus on screenwriting. It's a must for all storytellers and should be read over and over again. peace
Date published: 2000-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'Story' is an amazing tool for ANY writer This is by far the best book I've laid my hands on. Not only does it give insightful information about screenwriting, but it also covers material for the aspiring novelist. This book put me on the right track in everything from style, to structure, to the actual editing process. If you aspire in screenwriting or novel writing, check this book first...then look everywhere else to fill the few gaps that remain. Five brilliant stars out of five...
Date published: 2000-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good book If you want to know what makes a story tick on the inside, then you should definitely read this book. McKee's academic/analytical approach to what makes a story great is awe inspiring. You'll find his writing very persuasive.
Date published: 1999-11-08

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

by Rober McKee

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 480 pages, 9.53 × 6.44 × 1.44 in

Published: November 13, 1997

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060391685

ISBN - 13: 9780060391683

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Robert McKee teaches his 3Story Structure2 class annually to sold out auditoriums in Los Angeles, New York, London and film capitals throughout the world.A Fulbright Scholar, this award-winning film and television writer has also served as project and talent development consultant to major production companies such as Tri-Star and Golden Harvest Films.He lives in Los Angeles and Cornwall, England.

From Our Editors

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. In Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his seminars, providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. Photographs round out this definitive guide to the art of screenwriting.

Editorial Reviews

"Incredible insight and clarity, passionately delivered."(Mark Rydell, Director, THE ROSE, INTERSECTION, and the Academy Award-winning ON GOLDEN POND)
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