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

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Winner, International Moving Image Book Award

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Writing for the screen is quirky business. A writer must labor meticulously over his or her prose, yet very little of
that prose is ever heard by filmgoers. The few words that do reach the audience, in the form of the characters'
dialogue, are, according to Robert McKee, best left to last in the writing process. ("As Alfred Hitchcock once remarked,
'When the screenplay has been written and the dialogue has been added, we're ready to shoot.' ") In Story, McKee puts
into book form what he has been teaching screenwriters for years in his seminar on story structure, which is considered
by many to be a prerequisite to the film biz. (The long list of film and television projects that McKee's students have
written, directed, or produced includes Air Force One, The Deer Hunter, E.R., A Fish Called Wanda, Forrest Gump, NYPD
Blue, and Sleepless in Seattle.) Legions of writers flock to Hollywood in search of easy money, calculating the best way
to get rich quick. This book is not for them. McKee is passionate about the art of screenwriting. "No one needs yet
another recipe book on how to reheat Hollywood leftovers," he writes. "We need a rediscovery of the underlying tenets of
our art, the guiding principles that liberate talent." Story is a true path to just such a rediscovery. In it, McKee
offers so much sound advice, drawing from sources as wide ranging as Aristotle and Casablanca, Stanislavski and
Chinatown, that it is impossible not to come away feeling immeasurably better equipped to write a screenplay and
infinitely more inspired to write a brilliant one.--Jane Steinberg

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