Structure is Character. Characters are what they do. Story events impact the characters and the characters impact events.
Actions and reactions create revelation and insight, opening the door to a meaningful emotional experience for the audience.
Story is what elevates a film, a novel, a play, or teleplay, transforming a good work into a great one.
Movie-making in particular is a collaborative endeavour - requiring great skill and talent by the entire cast, crew and creative team - but the screenwriter is the only original artist on a film.
Everyone else - the actors, directors, cameramen, production designers, editors, special effects wizards and so on - are interpretive artists, trying to bring alive the world, the events and the characters that the writer has invented and created.
Robert McKee's STORY is a comprehensive and superbly organized exploration of all elements, from the basics to advanced concepts.
It is a practical course, presenting new perspectives on the craft of storytelling, not just for the screenwriter but for the novelist, playwright, journalist and non-fiction writers of all types.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 480 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/07/1999
- Category: Film theory & criticism
- ISBN: 9780413715609
- Hardback from £15.85