[Video]: McKee on Being Onscreen

What do you do when somebody calls you up and asks if they can use you in their feature script? Hollywood screenwriting guru Robert McKee analyzes seeing himself portrayed on the big screen – a symbol of Hollywood, the primary character’s antagonist, and an authentic character with his own character journey. If you liked this, … Read more

Video: Robert McKee monologues on Dialogue

Robert McKee is known for his Story weekend and his “Ten Commandments” of screenwriting. In this video, the screenwriting guru shoots from the hip about the 10 mortal sins that makes good dialogue go bad. If you liked this, check out more videos about screenwriting or filmmaking. And if you know of a great video … Read more

Video: Robert McKee On Formulaic Writing

When McKee speaks, many listen because he likes to be blunt. Here he seems to go against the likes of Michael Hauge, who place certain turning points at certain pages or percentages of the script. But the Queen Bee Guru gets it wrong, too…

At some point during this video, McKee says

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” was in seven acts.
It could be seven, eight, nine acts structures,
in “Speed,” if you counted the major reversals
in a chase film like “Speed” it’s probably nine.”

Thereby he ignores the difference between a sequence and an act. This is not helpful. As a matter of fact, the more I hear McKee, the more I wonder whether he actually has much practical advice to offer for screenwriters.

What do you think?

With thanks to Louise Lee Mei and Niels Abercrombie.

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Screenwriting Best of the Web 01/11/09

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When the script and story gurus speak

Most ‘gurus’ each have their own area of expertise and angle of attack, they each follow their own agenda. And with every new light shed on the craft, different people may see that light. Don’t they ever contradict each other? And if they do, which truth do YOU choose? Screenwriting is a dynamic craft. What … Read more