Robert McKee was not referring to Toy Story 3 when he said this. Yet it does apply to that movie in the same way it does to War and Peace.
Enjoy these five minutes of observations on why your story’s setting must be limited and specific.
“The desire to be free as an artist is one of the most suicidal notions you can have.” This is probably my favorite quote from this video. Every day I see the ignorant reluctance of wannabe screenwriters to embrace principles of story structure.
In this case McKee talks about setting.
Karel Segers wrote his first produced screenplay at age 17. Today he is a story analyst with experience in acquisition, development and production. He has trained students worldwide, and worked with half a dozen Academy Award nominees. Karel speaks more European languages than you have fingers on your left hand, which he is still trying to find a use for in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. The languages, not the fingers.
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