Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting
Lines like, "You cannot have a protagonist without desire! It doesn't make sense! ANY. F****NG. SENSE!" and "WHY THE F*** WOULD YOU WASTE MY TWO PRECIOUS HOURS WITH YOUR MOVIE? I DON'T HAVE ANY USE FOR IT! ANY. BLOODY. USE FOR IT!" more or less had me drooling. For those of you who don't know anything about Robert McKee, he's the writing tea...more
The reason it took me six months was that Story is incredibly dense, and in the best possible way. If you want to understand what makes for a good story, and how and why they work, this is the book to read. But you'll need to read it slow because this is the kind of dense where you'll want to stop and think about what you just read after every few pages to make sure it really sinks in.
Though oriented primarily towards screenwriting,...more
McKee has a masterful understanding of the fundamentals of story itself, and he writes with clarity about the basic story tools every writer must develop in order to move beyond cliche and into something original. Using examp...more
I knew from an early age that I wanted to write stories, but it wasn't till I was about 17 that I learned that there are actual methods, principles, and techniques involved in storytelling, when I received as a gift a copy of The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri. Wow! What a revelation! I read it greedily.
Flash-forward to 1990. I was 31 and now had my own TV series, The Odyssey, in devel...more
Make no mistake: this bible to story-telling is dense and intensely analytical. The first time I tried reading it, I gave up. I think if I thought too much about these principles on a first draft, my creativity would shrivel up and die (though there's no unlearning it now).
Yet, to revise a novel, McKee offers incredible insight into pacing, story arc, characters, climactic scenes, and more. If something isn't working, you can probably find some tool here to help you t...more
It is my own fault, I think, for seeing Transformers 2. I have no one to blame but myself.
The really scary thing is that, in the summer of Trans...more
McKee is an old school storyteller, which suits me to a "T". He insists that the writer respect the audience desire to be entertained, but intelligently and with integrity. He provides a classic structure of plot, progression, character development within one simple but profound concept: the protagonist has a...more
But the book has a very strange and weird flaw, somewhat undermining the reader's faith in author's analysis of examples. How difficult is it to get one of the most famous film scenes right? And yet, he constantly gets it wrong. I'm...more
But the reason that I *hate* to write is because as I’m doing it, except for brief moments of insanity, I know that what I’m putting out there is going to need a lot of work before anyone seriously considers it good. Then it would probably be lots more work before I could convince anyone of literary merit, or of exacting standards,...more
The author is very opinionated, and his whole "lazy writing threatens the art of writing screenplays" thing is a little hyperbolic. I like what he says about deus ex machina, though.
Sometimes he would use words in a way I'm not used to, like "value" and "charge". This is a textbook in the sense...more
Even if you're not an author, STORY will deepen your understanding of novels and movies. What makes a good plot? What drives character motivations? How do you deal with audience expectations?
Telling stories is one of the most defining characteristics of being a human. Learns to do it well, and learn how to appreciate it, too.
I read a lot about writing, but nothing has ever blown me away like this. It has everything, and I plan to keep...more
Basically, this book lays out the immense amount of complex and hard work one must do to write a great story. And the free spirit, ADHD, creative, touchy feely, artsy part and FUN part of...more
The introduction is a bri...more
Durante el quinto capítulo, McKee hace especial énfasis en...more
Desde una perspectiva irónica, bufonesca y crítica, MacKee logra consolidar un conjunto de conceptos que conforman la identidad del arte narrativo cinematográfico. Retomando filamentos básicos de la narrativa t...more
Este libro tiene un punto de vista muy interesante sobre cómo escribir un guion. Lo que más me llamó la atención fue que te da libertad de escribir como a ti te parezca pero dice “esto es lo que ha funcionado siempre, es probable que te funcione a ti también”.
En el primer capítulo nos da tips generales de lo que es un guion y de lo que contiene. Nos habla de que contiene arquetipos y no estereotipos, de que hay que dedicarle mucho tiempo y esfuerzo y que hay que pensar en el público al que está...more
Con cada una de las herramientas que proporciona el autor podemos desarrollar un guion a nuestro gusto, siguiendo la forma que es lo que convierte a un maestro para el guion y d...more
Aunque concuerdo en que la necesidad de comunicarse es intrínsecamente humana, así como la ficcionalización de los acontecimientos, dudo que el ejercicio de la narrativa supla todos estos huecos, y por otro lado, que las historias se alimenten principalmente de la experiencia. Me inclino más hacia la propuesta griega clásica de un ser humano...more