substance, structure, style and the principles of screenwriting

Hardcover, 466 pages

English language

Published Jan. 18, 1997 by ReganBooks.

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For the first time in book form, Robert McKee's Story reveals the award-winning methods of the man universally regarded as the world's premier screenwriting teacher. For more than 17 years, Robert McKee's students have been taking Hollywood's top honors. His Story Structure seminar is the ultimate class for screenwriters and filmmakers, playing to packed auditoriums across the world and boasting more than 35,000 graduates. With Hollywood currently paying record sums for great stories -- and audiences clamoring for originality -- this book is the weapon you need to win the war on clichés and to get your story from page to screen. Unlike other popular approaches to screenwriting, Story is about form, not formula. Employing examples from more than 100 films, McKee imparts a philosophy that reaches beyond rigid rules to identify the more elusive components that distinguish quality stories from the rest of the pack. Beginning with basic definitions …

3 editions


  • Motion picture authorship
  • Motion picture plays -- Technique