Robert McKee – Story

Robert McKee is a creative writing instructor who is widely known for his popular “Story Seminar”, which he developed when he was a professor at the University of Southern California. McKee is the author of a “screenwriters’ bible” called Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting. Online, McKee has a blog and a writers’ resource website called “Storylogue”.

00:00 Trailer.
02:17 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:04 Brian’s introduction.
05:59 A love affair with London since the 1960s.
09:55 The need for good roles for fine actors.
16:30 New era of the long form story.
20:44 Moral conflict is a compelling fascination.
22:51 How the reader or viewer may empathise with a particular character.
27:33 Story is character and character is story.
30:41 Story is a metaphor for life and equipment for living.
35:16 Trump is a bullshitter.
37:26 Why Robert chooses to write encompassing the mediums of page, stage and screen.
40:43 The challenges for emerging authors, screen and play writers.
44:51 What Stanislavski meant by ‘The art of themselves or themselves and the art.’
49:51 The misconception of Holywood.
51:32 What people are looking for in attending Robert’s 3 day teaching marathon seminar.
57:41 Does the creative personality need nurturing or to be given realistic truths?
1:00:41 How writers can help humanity in today’s confusing world.
1:04:20 What motivates Robert’s pace of work.
1:10:35 How close was Brian Cox’ portrayal of Robin in Adaption?
1:13:37 The new TV and Web series that excite Robert and give hope for the future of writing.
1:21:33 Robert’s words of advice from his experience.
1:22:47 Brian’s summing up.

Robert McKee Website
http://mckeestory.com/
Robert McKee on Twitter
https://twitter.com/mckeestory?lang=en
Robert McKee blog
http://mckeestory.com/blog/
Robert McKee on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_McKee

Books:
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screen Writing
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Story-Substance-Structure-Principles-Screenwriting/dp/0060391685/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Dialogue; The Art of Verbal Action for the Page, Stage and Screen
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dialogue-Robert-McKee/dp/0413777952/ref=pd_sim_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=6QK9VB1JBQGZSB2XZDB4

Topics discussed:
Adaption (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptation_(film)
Academy Awards
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Awards
Emmy Award
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmy_Award
Writers Guild of America Award
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writers_Guild_of_America_Award
Pixar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixar
The Simpsons
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Simpsons
Casablanca (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casablanca_(film)
Royal National Theatre
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_National_Theatre
Boscastle, Cornwall, UK
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boscastle
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Academy_of_Dramatic_Art
Game of Thrones (TV series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_of_Thrones
Vikings (TV series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikings_(TV_series)
The Wire (TV series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wire
Breaking Bad (TV series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaking_Bad
The Sopranos (TV series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sopranos
Six Feet Under (TV series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Feet_Under_(TV_series)
Mad Men (TV series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_Men
Poetics (Aristotle)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetics_(Aristotle)
A Tale of Two Cities
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Two_Cities
Booker Prize
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Booker_Prize
Pulitzer Prize
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulitzer_Prize
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Academy_of_Dramatic_Arts
Being John Malkovich (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being_John_Malkovich
Big Little Lies (miniseries)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Little_Lies_(miniseries)
Horace and Pete (web series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_and_Pete
Ray Donovan (TV series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Donovan
Better Call Saul
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Better_Call_Saul
Black Mirror
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mirror

People mentioned in this episode:
Peter Jackson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Jackson
Kirk Douglas
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirk_Douglas
Nicholas Cage
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Cage
Steven Pressfield
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Pressfield
Brian Cox (actor)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Cox_(actor)
Laurence Olivier
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Olivier
Agatha Christie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agatha_Christie
Aristotle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristotle
Virginia Woolf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Woolf
James Joyce
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Joyce
Kenneth Burke
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Burke
William Shakespeare
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare
Donald Trump
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump
Judith Regan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Regan
Tennessee Williams
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_Williams
John Osborne
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Osborne
Ingmar Bergman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingmar_Bergman
Konstantin Stanislavski
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantin_Stanislavski
Anton Chekhov
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Chekhov
Al Pacino
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Pacino
Arthur Miller
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Miller
Lillian Hellman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillian_Hellman
Terence Rattigan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Rattigan
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johann_Wolfgang_von_Goethe
Sir Michael Caine
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Caine
Terence Stamp
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_Stamp
Louis C.K.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_C.K.
Gene O’Neill
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_O%27Neill
Jackson Pollock
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Pollock

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gmjncn753

What does he say at 50:24?

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melisamoya613

I registered in the page just to watch this interview. Worthwhile every second!! Thank you so much.

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melisamoya613

I registered in the age just to watch this interview. Worthwhile every second!! Thank you so much

Dominic Jones
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I enjoyed this interview. Pretty deep in places. Thank you 🙂

John
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At 1:14 Mr. McKee quotes an Internet series just after quoting “Big little eyes” but I can’t here the name properly, let alone being able to spell it so I can look for the series. I would be mighty grateful to anyone who would take the time to help me out.

Dave
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Louis CK’s internet series? – Horace & Pete

Greg Bowyer
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The series is called Big Little Lies on HBO.

ZeroGenius
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ZeroGenius

Can anyone tell the music score which is playing at 0:02 to 1:03?

Heather
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Loved this interview. Thanks for this extended footage.

Gaynor London
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Thanks Brian! I’d love to have been at Mr McKee’s weekend workshop xx

Jason Gibb
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Very good guest choice 🙂

Victor
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A GREAT guest choice… One of the best interviews I’ve seen in a long while… 🙂

Maria Apostolopoulou
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The story about storytelling… Brian you are doing excellent job! thank you so much

Davanna
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Davanna

I registered with this website to watch this video. And I cannot watch this video. Why not?

Kieren
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Hey, try again with another browser or device 🙂

gmjncn753
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gmjncn753

Do you mean you cannot SEE the video? Or, it’s so boring you cannot watch it?