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Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting | [Robert McKee]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 listeners 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.

©1997 Robert McKee; (P)1997, 2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The man speaks, and people start to take furious notes; he is now the undisputed screenwriting king." (Newsday)

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    Diego Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-04-14
    Diego Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-04-14
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    "The book is great, Audible ruins it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is great, if you want to grasp a better understanding on why we tell stories, get it! However, Audible is responsible for breaking down the file into chapters, sections, halfs or something! They provide a single file that lasts over 6 hours and it becomes a real headache if you want to play it on an i-pod, i-phone or any mp3 device.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop selling products that are a pin in the ass to use.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alison M. Cooper Australia 04-02-13
    Alison M. Cooper Australia 04-02-13

    I love to listen whenever I am driving or walking the dog. My favourite books are edgy, with suspense and emotion.

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    "Fabulous writing tool."
    Would you listen to Story again? Why?

    I would listen to Story again. McKee speaks volumes of sense about the principles of writing for the big screen. Any writer can benefit from being reminded of these periodically by such an expert as this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His worldly knowledge of the subject.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vernon JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY, United States 03-12-12
    Vernon JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY, United States 03-12-12

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    "Interesting"
    If you could sum up Story in three words, what would they be?

    informative, insightful, leading


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was a conversational tone, which was like talking to the teacher.....


    Any additional comments?

    The audiobook was purchase in addition to the regular book because it was affordable, the book is clear and open as far as the writing technique is concerned. I think it wood be a great addition to any library

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    M. Green 09-09-14
    M. Green 09-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent for Novels as Well"
    What did you love best about Story?

    It wasn't a story per se, but I liked how the author moved from the general to the specific, from exploring *why* stories happen to *how* stories happen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Story?

    Echoing other writing books, McKee drives home the fact that the human need for an emotional experience and connection is at the center of storytelling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thoroughly enjoyed his characterization of the audience as savvy. So many technical aspects of plot and character flow from it. His analysis of one of the final scenes from Chinatown was brilliant.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me buy the hardback! I never buy paper!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended, for storytellers of any variety.

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    BigDan 07-23-14
    BigDan 07-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "McKee knows his stuff."
    Where does Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For a reference book it is tops. McKee is a master screenwriting instructor and historian of the form. I wish more screenwriters would reference his book, maybe we'd get some half way decent movies produced rather than what we are suffering through now. McKee is old school and knows what a good screenplay requires to get the STORY told.


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    Anthony Coorparoo, Australia 09-18-13
    Anthony Coorparoo, Australia 09-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Definitely what I was looking for"
    What did you love best about Story?

    Practical, honest cut to the chase.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Story?

    Really gave me some tools and tactics to consider in my writing.


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    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 04-27-13
    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 04-27-13 Member Since 2011

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    "not good"

    Before I got this audio book, I should have listened to the advice of the previous reviewer who said not to waste your time "on this garbage". I agree. It is only one third of the book this author wrote, and appears to be just put together quickly to earn some easy money.
    The listen is full of quotes like "Star Wars was about saving Luke's soul," and, "Archie Bunker was a pig." A lot of people like Archie Bunker, despite his faults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darko Sesvete, Croatia 01-07-13
    Darko Sesvete, Croatia 01-07-13
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    "A great tool - in addition to the book!"
    What did you love best about Story?

    To hear it directly from Mr. McKee! Sounds great!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Story?

    Explaining what's "No-event".


    Have you listened to any of Robert McKee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Just as good!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. Every 2 minutes;)


    Any additional comments?

    Buy! Buy! Buy! ...and write!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ari New York, NY, United States 05-22-12
    Ari New York, NY, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2005
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    "A must have for screen writers"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Story to be better than the print version?

    I have both. I think you need the print version but it was easier to me to listen to the audio version as there are so many nuggets to digest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a well researched, well thought through journey on the creation of story. A fantastic learning experioence.


    What does Robert McKee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really understands the subject matter. You are basically at one of his seminars.


    Any additional comments?

    I really was excited for the audio version. It did not disappoint. As you can hear McKee's words over and over again and it is still eye opening.

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    Joyce Kaskey Los Angeles, CA USA 05-07-12
    Joyce Kaskey Los Angeles, CA USA 05-07-12

    Chemical freedom fighter

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    "Good for writers of any form of fiction"
    What made the experience of listening to Story the most enjoyable?

    The narrator reads slowly and clearly so it is easy to absorb the information and the information is great.


    Have you listened to any of Robert McKee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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