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”.
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
Robert McKee on Twitter
Robert McKee blog
Robert McKee on Wikipedia
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screen Writing
Dialogue; The Art of Verbal Action for the Page, Stage and Screen
Writers Guild of America Award
Royal National Theatre
Boscastle, Cornwall, UK
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)
Game of Thrones (TV series)
Vikings (TV series)
The Wire (TV series)
Breaking Bad (TV series)
The Sopranos (TV series)
Six Feet Under (TV series)
Mad Men (TV series)
A Tale of Two Cities
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Being John Malkovich (film)
Big Little Lies (miniseries)
Horace and Pete (web series)
Ray Donovan (TV series)
Better Call Saul
People mentioned in this episode:
Brian Cox (actor)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Sir Michael Caine