Robert McKee teaches the difference between Suspense and Dramatic Irony, and how a writer might use each to their advantage.
Robert McKee explains the subtle brilliance of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and UP IN THE AIR, and why their often misinterpreted endings work so well.
Robert McKee teaches how the inclusion of historical events can affect the budget, but not necessarily the pace, of your story.
Robert McKee teaches the importance of writers asking themselves “Why?” when making story decisions.
Robert McKee teaches the dangers of attempting to write a script before your story is ready.
Robert McKee teaches the relationship between image systems and empathy.
Robert McKee teaches how to use the principle of the Controlling Idea in relation to the values at stake in a television series.
Robert McKee teaches how writers should deal with inner conflict when writing for the theater, novels or film.
Robert McKee teaches the benefits and dangers of breaking storytelling principles, with reference to the Coen Brothers movie THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE.
Robert McKee teaches how writing your Climax leads to a retroactive edit of your story.
Robert McKee teaches the best way to approach learning genre conventions and the importance of writers “doing the work.”
Robert McKee teaches the principle of character action and reaction, and how writers must choose which to emphasize.