In this short lesson, McKee explores the best way to keep an audience involved with the spine of action of a long-form TV series: character desire.
Robert McKee explores the many questions raised by the flashback and when to use it.
Robert McKee explores the many questions raised by the inciting incident.
Robert McKee explains how the difference between free will and destiny depends on your vantage point.
Does the medium matter when writing dialogue? McKee discusses how dialogue should create beats of behavior no matter the medium.
If screenwriting is a craft that must be studied for a long time, what explains the success of writers with little formal education? McKee debunks the myth of overnight screenwriting success and discusses its perils.
McKee discusses the key differences between writing for a TV series versus writing for film.
McKee explains how a character evolves through the writing process and the perils of procrastination.
In this short lesson, Robert McKee uses an example from the classic CHINATOWN to explain how to handle the layers of subtext in a scene to avoid on-the-nose dialogue.
Robert McKee advises how to get the story you want to tell from the page to the screen, and how to protect your writing.
Robert McKee teaches the basics of the inciting incident. Those familiar with the opening to STORY will understand why he cringes at the use of the word “rule”.
Does a “small knowable world” refer to the size of the physical setting, or to the size of the cast of characters? Robert McKee discusses the different ways to convey the depth and complexity within the world you create.