For more than 15 years, Robert McKee's students have been taking Hollywood's top honors. His “Story Seminar” is the world's ultimate seminar for screenwriters, filmmakers, and novelists. Now, Robert McKee's Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting reveals the award-winning methods of the man universally regarded as the world's premier teacher on screenwriting and story. With Hollywood and publishing companies paying record sums for great stories, and audiences clamoring for originality, McKee's Story gives you the strategies you need to win the war on clichés.
Story is about form, not formula. McKee's insights cut to the hidden sources of storytelling, the decisive differences between mediocrity and excellence.
This audio goes well beyond the essential mechanics of screenwriting and is packed with examples from such film classics as “Casablanca” and “Chinatown.” Then, scene by sequence by act, he illuminates the principles of story design that take a writer's vision to brilliant realization. Story elevates the craft of screenwriting to an art form.
Take it from the pros; if you're serious about your writing, this is the audio that will help you to get your story from page to screen.
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Robert McKee is a master of story...
I am a big fan of Robert McKee and I own a copy his book Story. I can say that the book has priceless insight and information on how to make a great story into a great script. This audiobook is a great way to learn and hear from the master himself. He has all the great insight that is in his book and his popular workshops. Great Deal! Totally worth it for anyone trying to get in the film industry!
Notes For McKee
For someone who knows so much about screenwriting, and supposedly storytelling, McKee is a pretty dull speaker. Perhaps with a live audience this would've been more energetic. He spends a lot of time talking about how the whole screenwriting profession is populated by writers who don't know their craft. Pretty hard to believe since there are so many seminars, books, teachers, coaches and schools that teach screenwriting. So how did the old greats like Billy Wilder learn? Right, and nobody paints like Rembrant any more either. So let's get past the old school pining and learn about screenwriting today please. McKee goes on to read from classics like Chinatown and Casablanca -- wasn't this covered by Syd Fields? McKee makes bold statements like the overuse of voiceover will destroy our art form. Really? Destroy it? Maybe bad screenplays or more likely bad directors, but voiceover? He says it's for the lazy writers. But it's okay if you're Woody Allen. What about Good Fellas or Stand By Me? Was Martin Scorsese or Rob Reiner lazy? How about The Big Lebowski? Those Coen Brothers can't be lazy.
Is there any wisdom, anything I can use? Of course, but McKee is at his best when he's quoting someone else. For example: How do you write a great ending? He quotes director Francois Truffaut. Makes sense, since Truffaut's Jules and Jim has one of the most shocking endings ever filmed. But what can Mr. McKee tell me? What has he discovered? Better yet, what has he written? According to IMDB -- he's written for Mrs. Colombo in 1979. Mrs. Colombo? Not even Mr. Colombo? I expected more for my 6 hours and my $18.95.
Story on the road
I have the paper version of this book and think it is a great piece of work that has a lot of insight into the process of telling story, screenplay or otherwise. I have not found a lot of time to sit down at home and read it cover to cover. But I do drive a half hour commute each way every day so that's a great time to listen to the book read to me. Don't see this audio version as a work unto itself but just another way to take in some really useful information. If your not a self absorbed know it all wanna be writer who believe there is nothing left great in world then this may not be for you. But if your open to some creative ideas and interesting insights from a guy who teaches instead of writes then this is perfect.