Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
A noted screenwriter and educator presents a complete guide to the art of screenwriting, explaining how to develop a storyline, refining a work in progress, and other key aspects of creating works for film. 40,000 first printing.

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.

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A guide to the art of screenwriting explains how to develop a storyline, refine a work in progress, and do other key aspects of creating works for film

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : ReganBooks, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060391683
Characteristics: 466 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Oct 28, 2016

Bible, practical guide, well written, easy to follow, and even full of wits.
Diagrams illustrated in the book are redundant.
Plenty of derogatory remarks to snotty intellectuals.

Oct 28, 2013

Recommended in Storytelling course

neko Dec 28, 2011

This is WHY you write. Robert shows you the the heart of a great story.

Jun 07, 2010

This is the book on writing you've been looking for, not just for the screen, but anything. A good companion book is John Truby's THE ANATOMY OF STORY, but it's really not necessary. This book rules and will teach you a lot.


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