The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, Screen

Book - 2016
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The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially bestselling writers' guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling. Robert McKee's popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation. Now, in Dialogue, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781455591916
Branch Call Number: 809.926 M194
Characteristics: xviii, 312 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 25, 2019

Perhaps this cannot be classified a treatise, but it is a book that tells the reader what is what, with a few illustrations. The list of questions at the back, on the penultimate page, is the most useful part of the whole book. The last chapters that are a series of mini case studies with commentary were the ones that most clearly displayed what was discussed earlier throughout the book (perhaps it would have better near the beginning); they may be profitably read first and then start to read the book at the start. To make most use of the book, one will have to design ones own writing (or re-writing of others' scripts) exercises.

neko Apr 19, 2017

Robert takes you on the Grand Tour of the Art of Dialogue and gives extremely good examples of this essential writers craft. This one element of a story done well makes any piece of writing worth your time and interest. This is a book any writer needs on their book shelf.


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