STORY Seminar

STORY Seminar

LOS ANGELES  MAR 20 – 22, 2015
NEW YORK  APR 17 – 19, 2015
LONDON  MAY 8 – 10, 2015

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THE LEGENDARY STORY SEMINAR

Story creation. Are you inspired by an idea for a story, but don’t know how to realize it? True story is a question of continuous creativity – not a set of formulaic page numbers. Take advantage of one of the best story brains in the business, and let Robert McKee prompt and guide you to your best insights yet. Here is an opportunity to apply classic story design – the kind that has resulted in masterpieces of all kinds – to your own cinematic, theatrical or literary premise.
 
Robert McKee’s STORY Seminar is ideal for Screenwriters, TV Writers, Novelists, Playwrights, Filmmakers, Directors, Producers, Documentary Makers, Actors and more…

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LESS THAN 1% OF WRITERS SELL THEIR SCREENPLAYS. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN WHAT THEY ALREADY KNOW.

Of the total creative effort represented in a finished work, 75% or more of a writer’s labor goes into designing story – only 1% of writers understand this. Anxious, inexperienced writers obey rules. Rebellious, unschooled writers break rules. Artists master the form. The only way to truly master the form is to intimately understand every aspect of Story. Robert McKee’s STORY Seminar is designed to help you master these principles. This seminar goes well beyond the essential mechanics of screenwriting. It will elevate your writing from an intellectual exercise to an emotional one, transforming the craft of screenwriting into an art form. The STORY Seminar affords you the opportunity to separate yourself from the herd of writers who will never invest the time to properly master the form and thus will never have the success they truly desire.
 
REMEMBER: There’s no such thing as an unemployed writer who has fully mastered the art.
 
Invest the time. Do the work. Write the truth.
 

THE RESULTS WILL FOLLOW.

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Story is about principles, not rules.

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Story is about archetypes, not stereotypes.

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Story is about eternal, universal forms, not formulas.

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Story is about thoroughness, not shortcuts.

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Story is about the realities, not the mysteries of writing.

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Story is about mastering the art, not second-guessing the marketplace.

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Story is about respect, not disdain, for the audience.

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Story is about originality, not duplication.

What Can I Expect?

Here's an outline of the STORY Seminar.

Seminar Schedule

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Lecture

9:00 am – 10: 50 am
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Morning Break

Q&A with Robert McKee 10:50 am – 11:10 am
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Lecture

11:10 am – 1:00 pm
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Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Lecture

2:00 pm – 3:50 pm
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Afternoon Break

Q&A with Robert McKee 3:50 pm – 4:10 pm
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Lecture

4:10 pm – 6:00 pm
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Evening Break

Q&A with Robert McKee 6:00 pm – 6:20 pm
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Lecture

6:20 pm – 8:00 pm

Seminar Outline

SECTION ONE

  • 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

SECTION TWO

  • 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

SECTION THREE

  • 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

SECTION FOUR

  • 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 days applied in a 6-hour, scene-by-scene screening and analysis of CASABLANCA

Where Can I Attend?

Ready to register? We've got a number of upcoming seminars.

LOS ANGELES

MARCH 20 – 22, 2015
 
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Venue Details

Sheraton Gateway LAX 6101 West Century Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045

Accommodations

Please Note: The seminar price does not include hotel or meals. A group rate has been negotiated with the hotel and will be available until February 26, 2015. The rates are as follows: Single / Double Occupancy – $107 + tax Triple Occupancy – $127 + tax Quad Occupancy – $137 + tax Please click here to reserve your room!

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NEW YORK

APRIL 17 – 19, 2015
 
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Venue Details

Florence Gould Hall Theatre French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) 55 East 59th Street New York, NY (Between Madison and Park)

Accommodations

Please note that the seminar cost does not include meals or hotel. For a list of recommended hotels in the area, please click here.

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LONDON

MAY 8 – 10, 2015
 
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Venue Details

Regents University Inner Circle Regents Park, London NW1 4NS

Accommodations

Please note that the seminar cost does not include meals or hotel. For a list of recommended hotels in the area, please click here.

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The Legendary STORY Seminar

For you to fully understand the power of attending a Robert McKee seminar, listen to what a handful of past students have to say:

“Everything I know about story structure I learned from Robert McKee. End of story.”

PAUL HAGGIS

2-time Oscar-winning Writer/Director

CRASH MILLION DOLLAR BABY CASINO ROYALE

“…stimulating, innovative, refreshingly practical.”

LAWRENCE KASDAN

Oscar-winning Screenwriter/Director

THE BIG CHILL THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

“McKee gives the writer a very liberating set of guidelines.”

GEOFFREY RUSH

Oscar-winning Actor

SHINE PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN THE KING’S SPEECH

“Not only the best teacher of writing I’ve ever had…but the best teacher of anything.”

STEVE PRESSFIELD

Bestselling Author

THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE THE WAR OF ART GATES OF FIRE