• Story Seminar - 4 day course by Robert McKee

    • Ideal for Screenwriters, TV Writers, Novelists, Playwrights, Filmmakers, Directors, Producers, Documentary Makers, Actors and more!

      Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Goldman wrote, in his most recent book,

      “It’s four full days over a single weekend, and no one feels cheated when he’s done. I wish he had been around when I started writing CUT TO for a living.”

      Bestselling novelist Steve Pressfield simply said,

      “McKee is not only the best teacher of writing I’ve ever had, but the best teacher of anything.”


      • DAY 1

      • The writer and the art of story
        The decline of story in contemporary film
        Story design: the meaning of story, the substance of story, the limitations and inspirations of story structure & genre, the debate between character vs story design
        Premise Idea, Counter Idea, Controlling Idea
        Story Structure: beat, scene, sequence, act, story
        Mapping the Story universe: Archplot, Miniplot, Antiplot
        Shaping the source of story energy and creation

      • DAY 2

      • Putting the elements of story together
        The principles of character dimension and design
        The composition of scenes
        Titles Irony; Melodrama False endings
        The text: description, dialogue, and poetics
        The spectrum of story genres
      • DAY 3

      • Act design: the great sweep and body of story
        The first major story event (the inciting incident)
        Scene design in Story: turning points, emotional dynamics, setup/payoff, the nature of choice Ordering and linking scenes
        Exposition: dramatizing your characters, the story setting, creating back story
        The principles of antagonism
        Crisis, climax and resolution

      • DAY 4

      • Story adaptations
        Scene analysis: text and sub-text; design through dialogue versus design through action
        The writer’s method: working from the inside out; the creative process from inspiration to final draft. How it all works: the principles of the previous 3-1/2 days applied in a 6-hour, scene-by-scene screening and analysis of CASABLANCA
        The spectrum of story genres