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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.

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

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Lots of pertinent information for everyone.

McKee covers great many aspects of screen playwright. He uses very good descriptive setups of his examples.

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doesn't follow the book

goes out of order and in many passages intentionally skips sentences and words. was trying to use as a companion for the book, but it's impossible

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Repetitive but Valuable

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Robert McKee is the master and well regarded by all who study the art of screenwriting. I found a few sections sort of a "duh" and some sections a bit repetitive. However, it was worth it for the gold.

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Must-read for all storytellers, though imperfect

Very old school approach, which is mostly good. Sometimes the principles he describes are not very clear and he spends too much time telling you how important a thing is and not enough time giving examples that show why is it important. But the content is by and large outstanding, a must-read for any storyteller.

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better as a book book I assume

probably works well when you're writing r attending seminar. as a.book I listened to in the car it was pretty boring.

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  • James
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The RIGHT way.

McKee spells out in clear detail the most effective way to approach a screenplay. He spares no holy cows as he ruthlessly tells us what's right and what's wrong in our approach.

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Fantastic content, but the chapters are off

The content of this book is great. There's a reason this was the first to come up when I searched for books on screenwriting. However, tread carefully. The chapters of this book are not organized correctly, they cut in the middle of the book's chapters and quickly transition between chapters without notifying the listener. I would recommend looking up a table of contents for the actual book and following along, so you have a better idea of which subjects are being discussed.

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Educational but not as great as others said.

Would you listen to Story again? Why?

No. Glad to have the few tips I got but a lot of data for a few good tips.

What did you like best about this story?

It was comparable to Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style" in how it presented a lot of its info. I could hear "Use fewer scenes" echoing through the class room.

What about Robert McKee’s performance did you like?

It was easy to listen to.

What did you learn from Story that you would use in your daily life?

To use fewer scenes shots to convey an idea. Let the viewer put some of it together in their minds.

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Knowledge fuels progress

As an artist I find myself, often, with incomplete works. Most of the time I've found it's been due to a lack of knowledge. There are missing connections to the dots. Professionals who share their secrets are invaluable to me, and Robert is no exception. Thanks Rob!

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Needed

I was initially skeptical, but it offered much more insightful than I could have expected.

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