The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially best-selling writers' guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling.
Robert McKee's popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation.
Now, in Dialogue, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue.
Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.
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McKee hits all the angles with wit and insight, this book is a course that doesn't waste time. There's a tremendous amount of clarity, especially illustrative with fully acted examples. A must - read for all writers.
Clear, direct, and concise. This is a book every writer should read and have in their personal library. Listening gave an added depth to the book. Overall, simply one of the best and most helpful books on the writing craft I've read.
Engrossing filled with detail beats, dialogue, scenes, positive emotional dialogue and negative to make beats, ending with a scene. Subscript, hidden in the dialogue to make the scene and story real and emotional to the audiance/reader. I've read it twice and will read it again soon.
I direct TV commercials.
Highly practical stuff.
I would say "The Art of Dramatic Writing," because Dialogue by McKee talks about core concepts of drama in simple ways.
"Every text condenses a subtext!" Just brilliant!
As a working TVC director, I immediately put Mckee's advice into use. It is very practical. I'm going to listen a second time now...it's so good!
The content of the book is a solid 10/10.
The audio recording has a serious flaw. There is a noticeable static when trying to listen to the recording faster than 1.0 speed. The static is like listening to the book while someone brushes your ear with a feather. Very distracting.
I am a big fan of his book, the story. But somewhat upset about this one. It spends too much time analyzing each of the dialogue. And some of the examples he uses is not very convincing.
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